The Netherlands’ first poo bank wants your deposits

The Netherlands’ first poo bank wants your deposits

Donated blood, sperm, and internal organs are always in hot demand, but the Dutch Faeces Donor Bank wants to add poop to the list. The bank opened on Tuesday in Leiden, and hopes to collect the faeces of generous donors for to treat colostridium difficile, a bacteria which causes infection of the large intenstine, Leiden University said. Colostridium difficile affects around 3000 patients annually, and usually occurs after antibiotic treatment for other illnesses. While most patients recover normally, about 5% suffer recurring infection. For this, a fecal transplant is the only effective treatment. ‘The effectiveness of the feces transplant in patients with a clostridium difficile infection has been proven in 2013. Since then, the treatment has been included in national and international guidelines,’ said LUMC professor Ed Kuijper. Safe and accessible The faeces stored in the bank is screened for diseases and is available to doctors and hospitals across the country. In addition, the LUMC provides training for the doctors who will carry out the transplants. With cases of colostridium difficile expected to rise, the bank is looking for stool donations from healthy people around the Leiden area. As a new treatment, Kuijper understands that people may be slow to come forward. ‘It’s not established yet, like giving blood is. I think it’s a matter of getting used to it,’ he said. People who want to donate their feces can contact the bank at  More >

'Killer coke' dealer faces four years jail

The Netherlands’ first poo bank wants your deposits A drugs dealer who sold white heroin to several tourists claiming it was cocaine should be jailed for four years, the public prosecution department said on Tuesday. Flip S has been charged with three murders and nine attempted murders but the public prosecutor told the court that he should only be found guilty of the attempted murder of three Danish tourists. This is because of a lack of evidence to connect him with the deaths and other cases, the public prosecutor said. Evidence The court was told that there was no dna evidence linking S to the 'killer coke' that was found by police. Six witnesses failed to identify him from photographs and S has denied all involvement, apart from the incident involving the three Danes. At least three British tourists died after taking heroin which they thought was cocaine and some 20 tourists were hospitalised in late 2014 and early 2015. Amsterdam city council took to using large matrix boards in popular parts of the city to warn tourists of the risks. The mother of one of the British victims said in a statement to the court that his family is 'broken by grief'. 'He lost his life and his future,' she said.  More >

Beach volleyball champ charged with rape

The Netherlands’ first poo bank wants your deposits A Dutch former international beach volleyball player has appeared in court in England in connection with the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Steven van de Velde,  21, travelled to England in August 2014 to meet the girl after meeting her on Facebook, according to a British police statement. The statement said Van der Velde pleaded guilty to three counts of rape of a child in court on Monday. In British law, having sex with a minor is classed as rape, even if the girl consented. Extradition Van de Velde was extradited to England to face the charges on January 8. The court will pass sentence on March 21. Last August, Van de Velde and Direk Boehle took the Dutch beach volleyball title. The duo also took part in last year's world championships in the Netherlands. Boehle has since ended the partnership, saying he is deeply shocked by the charges. 'I have had no contact with him in months,' Boehle said on his Facebook page.  More >

Flu vaccine more effective this year

The Netherlands’ first poo bank wants your deposits This year's flu jab is proving effective at combating the disease even though an unusually high number of patients have needed intensive care, medical researchers have told NOS. So far 97% of patients treated for flu have been infected with the H1N1 virus, which the current vaccine is designed to prevent. 'On average a jab prevents 70% of flu, so this is quite a bit higher,' Gé Donker of research institute Nivel told the Radio 1 Journaal. The vaccine does not give protection against the type B virus of the Victoria strain, which was largely responsible for the high number of cases last winter. Intensive care There have been hardly any cases with the Victoria virus so far this year in the Netherlands, but in Belgium it has been responsible for 38% of infections, according to Carl Koppeschaar of the Big Flu Survey (Grote Griepmeting), which tracks the progress of the illness through the two countries. 'Although this variety has hardly been seen in the Netherlands, there's a good chance it is coming our way,' Koppeschaar said. Last week the Dutch Association of Hospitals (NVZ) reported that intensive care staff had their hands full caring for flu patients. Staff noted that some otherwise healthy patients were severely affected by the disease, needing intensive treatments such as heart-lung machines and taking longer than usual to recover.  More >

Dutch doctors hold back on antibiotics

The Netherlands’ first poo bank wants your deposits Doctors in the Netherlands issue fewer prescriptions for antibiotics than their colleagues in other European countries, according to figures published on Tuesday by the national statistics office CBS. The figures, which date from 2013, show 11 out of every 1,000 Dutch people, were taking antibiotics on a given day. In Greece, where most prescriptions were handed out, the figure was almost three times as high. In France and Belgium around 30 people in every 1,000 are taking antibiotics at a given time. However, the figures show the variation within the Netherlands is also extremely wide. In the far north-east of Groningen, for example, one in four people were prescribed antibiotics in a given year, compared with 15% in rural parts of Noord-Holland. European ministers are meeting in Amsterdam on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss resistance to antibiotics.  More >