Kidney specialist a politician at heart

Sunday, 11 December 2011 10:50

He’s a senator for the Christian Democrats (CDA) and a former local councillor. The political domain is expanding his horizons, and this is no bad thing: because internist Karel Leunissen – professor of Internal Medicine at Maastricht University and head of the Nephrology Department at the Maastricht academic hospital (azM) – is terrified of compartmentalisation.


CAPHRI brings Centre of Research Excellence to Maastricht 

Come up with clever technological solutions and launch these on the market, to ensure that healthcare in the Netherlands remains accessible and affordable. That, put simply, is the task of the Centre for Care Technology Research (CCTR), which was founded late last year. The Maastricht research institute CAPHRI will play a key role in the new centre. According to scientific director Professor Onno van Schayck, this represents nothing less than “a fantastic and tough challenge”.


Shared decision making

In Body
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:35

Doctor and patient deciding together

The sixth International Conference on Shared Decision Making will take place in Maastricht from 19 through 22 June. Prof. Dr. Trudy van der Weijden, professor of Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (FHML) succeeded in getting this international conference to Maastricht. “It is important that this movement receives the attention it deserves.” In shared decision making, the health care professional does not decide on his or her own which treatment will be administered, but the professional and the patient decide together, on the basis of understandable and clear information.


Painful love of music

In Body
Thursday, 12 May 2011 10:48

Research into the treatment of physical problems among musicians

Around seventy per cent of orchestra musicians suffer physical symptoms arising from the activity they love the most: producing music. In many instances the problems occur because musicians adopt unsuitable postures when playing their instruments. This can even influence the sound of the instrument. Vera Baadjou, rehabilitation doctor in training and a PhD student at Maastricht University, is to investigate whether a treatment based on the Mensendieck therapy is effective against such problems. This study has been made possible by a grant from Ans Samama, who developed the method and has applied it with thousands of professional musicians. She has set up a fund to test the method scientifically.


Towards an artificial vestibular system

In Body
Thursday, 12 May 2011 10:48

Ig Nobel Prize winner Herman Kingma

It sits in our ears. It helps us see clearly when we walk. It’s crucial for our sense of balance, so that we don't fall, and it tells our conscience where we’re in a room. The vestibular system is so fundamental to daily life that people with major vestibular disorders are severely handicapped – to the extent that some decide to end their own lives. For almost 30 years, Maastricht University’s Professor Herman Kingma has sought to improve the diagnostics and treatment of vestibular disorders. One of the top vestibular disorder specialists – or vestibulologists – in the world, he also travels far and wide to share his knowledge. Read on for an interview with the winner of the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize for Physics.


’Together Strong after a Stroke’

In Body
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 10:53

Study into optimising aftercare of the elderly after a stroke

The moment that elderly people after a CVA (Cerebro Vascular Accident, a stroke), leave the rehabilitation department of a nursing home to go back home, the aftercare remains insufficient. They often come back ‘through the back door’. The home situation does not take into account the patient’s sudden limitations and the care plan does not meet these needs. With the programme Samen Sterk na een Beroerte (Together Strong after a Stroke), Maastricht University (UM) is studying how the support of CVA patients and the aftercare can be improved. This is to ensure that once the patient leaves the nursing home he or she does not need to return.


Smelling without a nose

In Mind
Thursday, 04 November 2010 11:28

Does not being able to smell influence eating behaviour?

If you can’t smell anything and thus have little sense of taste as well, do you also eat less? And can you enjoy eating at all? Presently, there are several hundred thousand people in the Netherlands who can’t smell well, if at all. If you smell absolutely nothing, you are said to have ‘anosmia’. This is such a rare phenomenon that it has been very sparsely researched. Professor Anita Jansen, PhD, and Remco Havermans, PhD, from Maastricht University’s Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience were intrigued.


“Hi doc, I’m back!”

In Body
Thursday, 14 October 2010 09:25

Frequent GP attenders are often overweight

Seeing your GP each and every week: it may sound extreme, but for some people this is reality. Researchers and students at Maastricht University (UM) recently wound up a three-year study on the frequency of doctor’s visits in a given patient population, and have come up with some surprising results. Not only do elderly and chronically ill people visit their GP more often than others, but so, too, do those struggling with overweight and obesity.


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