Doctors in the Netherlands reported a major spike in patients this past June for complaints related to the poisonous oak processionary caterpillars. Primary care physicians in the last week of June saw a 4.5 times more patients than in other weeks, according to care research organization Nivel.
The flu epidemic hit a secondary school in the Zeeland city of Goes hard these past days. A quarter of the 1,600 pupils at the Goese Lyceum location on Oranjeweg are home sick, something the school never experienced before. "We're now also seeing quite a few colleagues fall over", rector Carin Biesterbosch said to NU.nl.
The flu epidemic costs Dutch employers a conservative estimate of 1.1 billion euros in sick leave days per year, according to calculations by Financieele Dagblad. Last week research institute Nivel announced that the number of people hit with the flu this season increased to an average of 136 per 100 thousand people. The week before it was 92 per 100 thousand people. In previous years the annual epidemic reached its peak in February.
Over half a million cardiovascular patients experience problems after switching to the use of cheaper, generic medicine, according to a study done by knowledge institute Nivel among patients and pharmacists. The most common complaints are fatigue and more side effects
One in five patients taking lung medication have been switched to a generic brand in order to reduce the cost of medicines. Almost half of these patients have experienced discomfort due to the switch
More and more patients suffering from mild mental health problems end up going to a support practice connected to their GP for help, rather than a more expensive specialist.
The flu epidemic is lingering into a second month. According to figures from research institute Nivel, last week 139 per 100,000 people went to their doctor with flu-like symptoms. The week before it was 142.
the Netherlands is on the brink of a flu epidemic, with the number of Dutch, home sick with the flu, doubled in one week's time.
The number of people who died from medical errors in Dutch hospitals has dropped by almost half, the Netherlands institute for health services research NIVEL has said in a report that came out on Monday.
The flu epidemic, which has held the Netherlands in its spell, is finally over according to the Netherlands Institute for Healthcare Research (NIVEL) in a report by NOS. Lasting almost 19 weeks, it was the longest flu epidemic in 42 years.
This week, 24 out of 100,000 people has reported to their GP with flu. During the epidemic, more than 51 out of 100,000 people had to report in sick .
The influenza epidemic that rages in the Netherlands for 16 weeks is the longest epidemic the country had in 20 years. Research institute Nivel announced that today.