Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health asked health institute RIVM to look into other available coronavirus tests in order to increase the Netherlands' testing capacity, he said in a letter to parliament. He also said that around 20 thousand former and retired healthcare workers have volunteered to return to the sector to help with the Covid-19 crisis.
The Erasmus MC in Rotterdam is setting up a national coordination center for patient distribution and bed capacity in an empty lecture hall. The center will coordinate how many intensive care unit beds are available where for coronavirus patients. If a hospital is full, patients who can be transferred will be, Ernst Kuipers, board chairman of Erasmus MC and chairman of the National Network for Intensive Care, said to NOS.
A team of ten scientific researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam and Utrecht University say they are the first in the world to discover an antibody capable of fending off an infection by the Covid-19 variant of coronavirus. The discovery could lead to an antiviral medication, and the ability for people to test themselves at home for the presence of the virus.
The Maasstad Hospital in Rotterdam stopped admitting new patients to its intensive care unit because a patient there may be infected with coronavirus Covid-19. The patient's first test came back positive. The results of the second, definitive test, are still awaited, NOS report.
The patient in question was in the Maasstad Hospital's ICU from February 22 to 29. On Saturday, the patient was transferred to the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam. There was no reason to test the patient until Friday, the hospital said referring to the RIVM protocol.
Three more people in the Netherlands were diagnosed with the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus on Sunday, the health agency RIVM announced at a press conference. The statement was made amid reports that the Beatrixziekenhuis, a hospital in Gorinchem, was closed to new patients on Friday, and those people who were already inside the facility were ordered to stay inside.
"Of these three patients, it is not yet known how they became infected," the RIVM said in a statement it issued to the public.
The Erasmus MC teamed up with PostNL, ANWB and blood bank Sanquin to launch an experiment with delivering medication and blood directly from the lab ot the hospital or from the hospital to the patient's home by drone. The idea is that drone deliveries will be much faster, as they can avoid traffic jams.
"The goal is to see if we can get medicines to people faster", spokesperson David Drexhage of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam said to RTL Nieuws. "An whether that is safe." The experiment started on Thursday and is expected to last three years.
People who regularly visit a hospital in the Netherlands spend enormous amounts on parking alone. Some lose more than a thousand euros a year in driving to and parking at the hospital. On average, one day of parking at a hospital in the Netherlands costs 8.93 euros. Amsterdam is most expensive - at the OLVG in Amsterdam Oost, parking costs 48 euros per day, AD reports based on its own research.
On Sunday the Netherlands is setting its clocks back to winter time. Which means that until your system adjusts, it will feel like you can get up an hour later. Chronobiologist Marijke Gordijn of the University Medical Center Groningen, who studies the functioning of the human biological clock, warns that most Dutch don't get enough sunlight - especially now that the days are getting shorter in winter, RTL Nieuws reports.
Between 10 thousand and 15 thousand Dutch people die each year from the effects of air- and noise pollution. The health risks are particularly high around Schiphol and Amsterdam. Randstad residents are three times more likely to get cardiovascular diseases or serious lung diseases from pollution than people living in Drenthe, Groningen or the islands, for example, RTL Niews reports based on its analysis of RIVM estimates and figures.
Erasmus MC warns women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment to be careful with the use of turmeric tablets, which are considered an alternative medicine or supplement. Research by the Rotterdam hospital showed that turmeric can decrease the active substance of tamoxifen, the medicine used to treat breast cancer with hormone therapy, the hospital said on its website.
A population screening for colon cancer by public health institute RIVM identified the disease more often than expected. The turnout for the screening was also higher than expected - between 2014 and 2017 a total of 3.85 million people sent in stool samples to be tested for colon cancer. That is over 70 percent of the people who were invited to do so, according to an evaluation report Erasmus MC and the Netherlands Cancer Institute drew up for the RIVM, NOS reports.
Nearly all the people who were injured by fireworks last New Year's were boys of an average age of 15 years, Erasmus MC reports on the basis of 63 victims admitted to 12 hospitals in the southwest of the Netherlands over New Year's. Most of the victims were injured by firecrackers, AD reports.
The hospitals collected data from 54 of the patients, including the type of injury, how it happened and the treatment. Almost half of the injured were bystanders and 22 percent were hurt by illegal fireworks. 50 of the 54 injuries were caused by firecrackers.
There are plans in motion to ban smoking on multiple Rotterdam streets in the area around Erasmus MC, the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Erasmiaans Gymnasium, AD reports. According to non-smokers association Clean Air Nederland, if these plans succeed, Rotterdam will be the first municipality to implement a smoking ban for entire streets.
Tablet and smartphone use can lead to nearsightedness among children, according to a study by Erasmus MC. The researchers monitored 1,000 Rotterdam children for years. At age 13 a quarter of them were near sighted, compared to 2.5 percent at age 6, RTL Nieuws reports.
Eyesight problems therefore increased over the years. Smartphones and tablets may be behind it, the researchers believe. The researchers assume that similar figures apply to children in the rest of the Netherlands. Looking at nearby objects for prolonged periods is bad for the eyes.
The nursing departments of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam are being transferred to a new building on Friday. A total of 80 patients will be transported - in their beds - from the old location Daniel den Hoed in Rotterdam Zuid to the new building on 's-Gravendijkwal in the city center. Seriously ill patients will be transported by ambulance, NU.nl reports.
Moderate alcohol consumption also poses health risks, according to a new international study. The researchers call on health organizations to lower the advice for healthy alcohol use, the Volkskrant reports.
The study, which was published in scientific journal The Lancet on Friday, was based on the health data of nearly 600 thousand alcohol drinkers from 19 countries. The researchers collected 83 individual studies from 1964 up to 2010, including one from Erasmus MC.
The Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen is teaming up with Erasmus MC and the Haven hospital in Rotterdam for an experiment in using a parasite found in mice for a new malaria vaccine for humans. The first three volunteers were given a genetically modified rodent malaria as vaccine on Tuesday, the Telegraaf reports.
The Dutch hospitals that can offer NIP tests to all pregnant women from April 1st are getting ready for a rush. They expect that half of the about 180 thousand pregnant women in the Netherlands per year will opt for the test, AD reports. Belgian company Gendia is suing the Dutch state for illegal state aid by subsidizing the test, which screens for serious disorders like Down's Syndrome.
Pregnant woman who get in too little vitamin D are more than twice as likely to have a child that develops autism, according to a study by Erasmus MC in Rotterdam among over 4 thousand 6-year-olds and their mothers.
A number of cardiac patients were used as unwitting test subjects for a new treatment method at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, RTL Nieuws reports after speaking with two such patients. Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health ordered an investigation into this practice.
The treatment involved is called catheteriztion with a cryo-balloon - a new method to treat atrial fibrilation, better known as cardiac arrhythmia. The method was developed by Canadian researchers and involves a catheter with a frozen balloon at the end. It is considered a better treatment with fewer complications.
the number of people dying as a result of a hepatitis infection is higher than expected, according to a study by Erasmus MC. The hospital calls the deaths "largely avoidable", because there are effective treatments available against hepatitis B and C
A commonly used chemotherapy drug can temporarily make patients' fingerprints unreadable, according to a study by Eramsus MC and the police in The Hague
On average overweight people reach about the same age as people with a healthy weight, according to a study done by researchers from Erasmus MC in Rotterdam along with doctors from America
A recent study lead researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam to believe that, in addition to already known birth defects in babies like microecphaly, the Zika virus may also cause damage to bones and joints