1 April 2019
'Wait and see' method is effective in atrial fibrillation
When atrial fibrillation has recently been detected, it is just as effective to wait 48 hours as to apply acute cardioversion (with an electrical shock or intravenous drip with medication). This is because in nearly 70 per cent of cases, the heart rhythm recovers spontaneously. This is the...
21 March 2019
Helping surgeons and pathologists with the iKnife
When removing a tumour, it's not always easy for a surgeon to decide whether all of the cancer cells have been taken out. Obviously, removing too much healthy tissue is not desirable either and sparing organ tissue is of paramount importance. The 'intelligent knife', or iKnife, can...
11 March 2019
Special plasters can reduce pressure ulcers
Special plasters can prevent pressure ulcers by reducing the damaging effect of what are called shear forces. This has been shown in a study at Maastricht University Medical Center+ (Maastricht UMC+), led by the surgeon Prof. Nicole Bouvy. Luuk de Wert recently gained his PhD with this research....
7 March 2019
Cheapest treatment the most effective against ‘sun damage’
A cream that people can apply at home themselves has proven to be the most effective therapy against the common skin condition of actinic keratosis, also known as ‘sun damage’. Dermatologists from Maastricht UMC+ compared the four standard forms of treatment, which until now had been considered of...
6 March 2019
Future-proof paediatric surgery for the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion
To maintain expertise in paediatric surgery in the region, the paediatric surgeons of the academic medical centres of Aachen, Liège and Maastricht are engaging in close cooperation. The ultimate aim is to create a single, cross-border paediatric surgery centre in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion....
1 March 2019
Too little calcium in multivitamins for pregnant women
Multivitamins for pregnant women do not contain enough calcium to meet the recommended daily allowance. Approximately 60 percent of these women therefore get too little calcium (less than one gram per day). This increases the risk of complications for mother and child. This was the conclusion of...
22 February 2019
Beetroot juice is better for footballers than for cyclists
Nitrate, which is found in beetroot juice, for example, has a positive effect on the performance of trained athletes who primarily require short bursts of energy, such as footballers. For endurance athletes, such as cyclists, nitrate appears to have very little to no effect. This is shown in...
20 February 2019
Funding for follow-up research into the development of embryos
With a donation of almost 2.7 million euros from the foundation Stichting De Weijerhorst to Maastricht UMC+, new research is being funded into the still virtually unknown core processes between stem cells and other cells that take place in the embryo and in the interactions with the uterus. The...
1 February 2019
Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus celebrates its fifth anniversary
Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus is celebrating its fifth anniversary and is proud to present - for the fifth year in a row - great results and steady growth. The number of established companies, organisations and spin-offs has experienced substantial growth in the last five years, and the...
23 December 2018
Operational Excellence book 'Our Journey' presented
Recently, the book entitled 'Our Journey', describing the journey undertaken by Maastricht UMC+ in implementing the principles of Operational Excellence, was presented. Operational Excellence is a strategy aimed at bringing about continuous improvement in quality, effectiveness and...