23 March 2020
Sterilisation method enables reuse of face masks
Exploratory research at Maastricht University Medical Center+ has demonstrated that medical FFP2 face masks can be made completely germ-free through plasma sterilisation. This means that a mouth and nose mask can be used three times instead of being discarded after a single use. This method was...
9 March 2020
Coronavirus measures essential for continuing care
The preventive measures taken by Maastricht University Medical Center+ (Maastricht UMC+) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are essential in order to guarantee continuing care. The measures may be considered strict, but they are necessary to prevent a spike in the number of patients with the...
25 February 2020
Stem cells discovered that can cause stomach cancer
For the first time, researchers have discovered stem cells that repair tissue in the stomach but, in the presence of crucial genetic changes, may also cause stomach cancer. The discovery offers new leads in the treatment of stomach tumours. An international team of researchers describes its...
20 February 2020
'Reregistration systems poorly adapted to daily practice'
Informal learning in daily practice is not taken adequately into account when reregistering physicians, and patients still have too little say. This is the conclusion that Carolin Sehlbach of Maastricht UMC+ reaches in her doctoral dissertation. Sehlbach compared the reregistration systems for...
20 January 2020
Innovative stem cell therapy for recovering muscle mass and strength
A consortium led by researchers at Maastricht UMC+ and Maastricht University has received three million euros in European funding to develop a stem cell therapy for genetic muscle disorders and muscle atrophy in the elderly, among other things. Under the name Generate Your Muscle (GYM), the...
13 January 2020
Research into mutual causes of heart failure and vascular dementia
Researchers at Maastricht UMC+ are receiving almost one and a half million euros in funding to study the possible mutual causes of vascular dementia and heart failure. The theory is that a reduction in the number of small blood vessels lies at the root of both disorders. The researchers hope to...
17 December 2019
"We must break the taboo around endometriosis"
Question: what do Whoopi Goldberg, Hillary Clinton and the Dutch 3FM-dj Angelique Houtveen have in common with approximately 200 million women worldwide? Answer: they all suffer from the relatively unknown disease endometriosis. Doctor and researcher Esther van Barneveld is committed to increase...
21 October 2019
A scan instead of sentinel lymph node surgery
In 2019, making a scan of the armpit glands to determine whether breast cancer has spread, seems more logical than surgery to remove the glands (the sentinel lymph node operation). For many women, the latter leads to long-term complaints, such as a stiff shoulder and accumulation of fluid in the...
22 August 2019
Epilepsy patients examined in world's most powerful MRI scanner
For the first time ever, epilepsy patients will undergo an examination in the world's most powerful MRI scanner. Researchers hope that the MRI images will enable them to trace the source of seizures in patients where this was not previously possible. The examinations are part of a study being...
14 August 2019
Self-learning model to predict risk of coronary heart disease
Researchers at Maastricht UMC+ and Maastricht University are receiving nearly two million euros in funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to develop a self-learning eHealth app to prevent coronary heart disease. The digital tool will use vast amounts of data, for...