16 July 2017
E-health application for chronic bowel disease a success
The e-health application MyIBDcoach has resulted in a 50% reduction in the number of hospital admissions, fewer out-patient visits and better medication compliance in patients with chronic inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn's disease. This was shown by a study involving almost one...
6 July 2017
Diabetes medicine shown to have beneficial effect on blood vessels
Administering metformin to patients with type I diabetes does not have a positive effect on blood sugar levels, but it does appear to have a positive effect on the blood vessels. This is an important discovery because cardiovascular disease is a much-feared complication of diabetes. This conclusion...
4 July 2017
Fewer phlebotomies needed thanks to medication
A pill could significantly reduce the number of annual phlebotomies needed by people suffering from haemochromatosis (iron overload). Researchers at Maastricht UMC+ reported this in the medical journal Gastroenterology. A reduction in the number of phlebotomies needed prevents patients suffering...
29 June 2017
Capillary damage can lead to depression
A direct link has been found between damage to capillaries (microcirculation) and depression. Researchers at Maastricht UMC+ found that microcirculatory damage increases the risk of depression by twenty to fifty per cent. Their findings on the link between microcirculation and depression were...
22 June 2017
Awards for cardiology research
Three Maastricht cardiology researchers won awards at the EHRA conference in Vienna this week, where more than six thousand cardiologists came together. The conference, organised by the European Society of Cardiology, focused on electrophysiology and cardiac arrhythmias. At the conference, the...
14 June 2017
"A contrast mammogram delivers significantly better images"
Radiologist Marc Lobbes is a specialist in breast radiology. While still training with internationally renowned professor Carla Boetes, from one moment to the next he became, as a 34-year-old doctor, responsible for the mammography department at Maastricht UMC+ when she died in 2011. Six years...
26 May 2017
New protein brings us closer to treatment for diabetic heart failure
Researchers at Maastricht University (UM) and Maastricht UMC+ have discovered a protein that could make a significant contribution to a potential treatment for heart failure in people with diabetes. Heart failure is the leading cause of death among this group. This discovery, made by head...
2 May 2017
Heart attack biomarker unravelled for the first time
According to Sander Streng, a researcher at Maastricht University, the hospital test used to determine whether someone has had a heart attack needs improving. His research focuses primarily on the protein troponin T and the hospital test aims to determine the concentration of this substance in the...
25 April 2017
Attention for Lyme prevention
Lyme borreliosis, or Lyme disease, is the most highly reported tick-related infectious disease in Europe and North America. Until effective measures are introduced to control tick populations in nature and until a vaccine is developed, we have to rely on health education to prevent tick bites and...
20 April 2017
Bifidobacteria stimulated by dietary fibre
Ingestion of a specific dietary fibre (known as a prebiotic) results in a fivefold increase in the number of 'good' bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tracts of overweight people. That is the finding of researchers from Maastricht UMC+ who performed a study with 44 overweight or obese...