31 January 2018
The taboo surrounding pain symptoms in musicians
It is important for music academies to focus on the health of its students, according to Vera Baadjou, a PhD candidate at Maastricht University. She found that 67% of music students experience symptoms related to their music-making. Of these students, 52% experience limitations in terms of their...
17 January 2018
Embryo selection for hereditary breast cancer successful
Performing preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), or embryo selection, for hereditary breast cancer has proven to be successful, claims Inge Derks-Smeets of Maastricht UMC+ in her PhD research. Ten years after the first PGD procedure for hereditary breast cancer, the PhD student concludes that...
19 December 2017
Ending social isolation could lower diabetes risk
In a study involving 2861 participants, socially isolated individuals were found to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes more often than individuals with larger social networks. The findings are published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Promoting social integration and participation may...
4 December 2017
FHML wins innovation prize Netherlands Association for Medical Education
On behalf of the medical programmes of FHML, Jan-Joost Rethans as programme director received the price for best education innovation 2017 from the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) on Friday 17 November. The price was awarded for the implementation of programmatic assessment.
1 December 2017
Whole-grain products reduce risk of chronic disease
A group of leading nutritionists, comprising the International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium (ICQC), reported at a symposium held in Rome that increased intake of whole-grain products is directly associated with a reduced mortality risk, a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease...
10 November 2017
Lipids influence how sick you get from a bacterial infection
Lipids appear to play an important role in infections. According to researchers from the University of Maastricht and the American University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in Baltimore, MD, USA, specific lipids can greatly accelerate bacterial infection. With the help of mass spectrometry imaging (...
31 October 2017
Researchers discover cause of brain sensitivity to lack of oxygen
Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center and Maastricht University have discovered why the brain is more sensitive to oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia, than other organs. Hypoxia caused by a stroke, for example, activates a specific mechanism that is protective in other organs but can be...
26 October 2017
Origin of most epilepsy cases explained
In 80 percent of cases, epilepsy is caused by low-grade tumours, malformations of cortical development, or sclerosis (hardening) of the hippocampus (the area of the brain that plays an important role in storing information in the memory).
2 October 2017
World's first super-microsurgery operation with 'robot hands'
Plastic surgeons at Maastricht University Medical Center have used a robotic device to surgically treat lymphedema in a patient. This is the world's first super-microsurgical intervention with 'robot hands'. The surgeons used the robotic device to suture vessels of 0.3 to 0.8...
11 September 2017
Cardiovascular diseases accelerate deterioration of brain health
People with cardiovascular diseases experience faster cognitive decline with age, with vascular constrictions posing a particularly high risk factor. This is the key finding of two studies conducted at Maastricht UMC+, which followed almost 2,000 people over twelve years to trace possible links...