Effectiveness of malnutrition care in elderly

In Body
Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:26

Malnutrition is common and a considerable health problem in hospital patients and elderly people. As a result, the topic has received a great deal of attention in recent years. Hospitals and healthcare institutions are supposed to keep a close eye on energy and protein deficiencies in the sick and elderly and supplement their diets as necessary. But how big this problem actually is and the extent to which supplementary nutrition helps remains unclear. Further research is needed to underpin the approach to malnutrition, as noted late last year by the Health Council in its report on malnutrition in the elderly.

Side effects of anti-allergy drugs (video)

In Body
Friday, 23 November 2012 08:07
PhD dissertation Silke Conen

Medicines are there to cure people and make life more bearable. However, not all treatments bring only good since many have potent side - effects. Some anti – allergy drugs for example, assumed to reduce an allergy reaction, are able to cause fatigue.

Dissertation topic of Rita Dias Brandão

Roughly one in eight Dutch women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and one in sixty with ovarian cancer. In five to ten percent of these cases, this involves a hereditary form. Women with a mutation in the BRCA1/2 gene are approximately eight times more likely to develop early onset breast or ovarian cancer. “But we can’t predict the cancer site or when they will get it. All we know is that at the age of 80 they have sixty to eighty percent of developing breast cancer and twelve to forty percent chance of developing ovarian cancer. With my molecular-genetic research, I hope to contribute to finding an answer,” says Rita Dias Brandão. 

“I let people discover their own talents”

In Body
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 07:23

Jamiu Busari is an English paediatrician with Nigerian roots. He was among the first batch of students to join Maastricht’s pioneering programme in Health Professions Education. Now the medical manager of the Department of Paediatrics at the Atrium Medical Centre in Heerlen, Busari is a true role model, creating a positive workplace atmosphere and training and coaching junior doctors.

Writing with your brain

In Mind
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:58

Bettina Sorger developed a method at Maastricht University (UM) that allows people to convert their thoughts, letter by letter, into brain patterns that are measured by an MRI scanner, and then translated by analysis software back into letters. It was a scientific breakthrough – but it took two years to convince a leading scientific journal to publish it. The clinical testing phase is now underway.

Childbirth: Home versus hospital delivery

In Body
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:52

The topic of home births always makes for heated discussion. Are we better off giving birth at home, or in hospital? While some women will swear by the hospital birth, others want nothing more than to deliver their child at home. And there are no clear answers from an academic perspective, either. We asked Jan Nijhuis, professor of Obstetrics at Maastricht University, and Raymond de Vries, professor of Midwifery Science at the University of Midwifery Education and Studies (AVMU), for their views.

We need women at the top

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:42

The future of the academic world belongs to women. A bold statement? Perhaps. Yet it seems a justified conclusion when looking at the figures: not only do women tend to have higher grades than their male counterparts, but they also outnumber men among university graduates. Paradoxically, however, the female presence in top academic positions is best characterised by its absence. For this reason Cathrien Bruggeman, one of the first female professors at Maastricht University (UM), took the initiative of creating an all-female PhD committee this summer. "I wanted to draw attention to women's underrepresentation in a frivolous manner", she says. "I want young women to get equal opportunities to reach the top."

The link between overweight and arteriosclerosis

Could you describe your research?
I’ve just received a Veni grant to study the link between arteriosclerosis and overweight. We know that overweight people have a greater chance of developing cardiovascular diseases. And it’s agreed that this is at least partly caused by chronic inflammation in the fatty tissue of overweight people. But what’s actually happening at the cell level is not yet clear.

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