3 June 2019
Research on the effect of plant stanol on asthma
Plant sterol and stanol esters are well known functional food ingredients with a long proven history of cholesterol lowering activity via inhibiting intestinal cholesterol absorption. It is generally accepted that serum LDL cholesterol concentrations can be reduced 8 to 10% with a daily intake of 2...
14 May 2019
Twenty million euros for fighting Alzheimer's using big data
Thanks to Big Data, we are now for the first time able to analyse large amounts of data quickly and to discover patterns in it that say something about the prevention and prediction of diseases. The Province of Limburg, Maastricht UMC+ and Maastricht University (UM) are therefore jointly investing...
22 April 2019
Positive effect of drug on nerve pain condition
Researchers at Maastricht UMC+ have shown that the drug lacosamide has a positive effect on patients with small fibre neuropathy – a condition in which people suffer continuous pain. The drug reduces pain, ensures better sleep and has a positive influence on patients' general wellbeing. The...
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...