According to the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG), people with dementia should only be euthanised if they are able to give informed consent when the time comes – even if they have aliving will. “Doctors struggle these days with euthanasia requests that are not about physical but psychological suffering”, says Job Metsemakers, professor of General Practice Medicine. “They want more clarity.” This is understandable, says the medical ethics lecturerRob Houtepen: “It’s important that the considerations involved in the end of life are laid down in legal criteria, but there must remain room for interpretation.”

Students make the university greener

In Society
Thursday, 26 September 2013 07:40
Make Maastricht University a sustainable university: that was the task at the founding of the Green Office.It marked the start of a unique project: a university department that is run entirely by students, and with unprecedented success.Universities from the Netherlands and abroad are knocking on the door of the ‘Bureau’.  On 27 September, the German state of Baden Württemberg will cite the Green Office as an example of ‘best practice’ at a sustainability conference. ‘The commitment is large; it is not just a job.’

PhD dissertation Tetiana Stepurko 

Gifts, tips and bribes to health care providers are common in many countries in Central and Eastern Europe. This thesis studies these informal patient payments in Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. It appears that “gifts and bribes” continue to exist in these countries despite reforms of the health care sector.  The extent of the payment differs: they are more widespread in Romania and Ukraine than in Bulgaria and Poland.

That medical treatments work better for some patients than for others is becoming increasingly evident in clinical practice. This ‘patient heterogeneity’, however, is being largely ignored when deciding whether a certain treatment should be reimbursed. The argument: when using economic evaluations to reach a reimbursement decision by the government, the necessary data to consider individual cases is simply lacking. In his dissertation, Bram Ramaekers proves that it is indeed possible to determine the cost-effectiveness of a particular treatment, such as proton therapy for head and neck carcinoma, in specific patient subgroups. “I think this is the way forward.”

Overweight? Exercise is not the answer

In Body
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 07:30
Valedictory lecture by Klaas Westerterp

Trying to drop a few kilos by heading to the gym or going for a jog twice a week? Forget it. You won’t lose weight from exercising – but you will from eating less. “The problem is overeating to begin with. Once you’re overweight already, the problem is usually irreversible.” This is what Klaas Westerterp, professor of Human Energetics, will have to say in his valedictory lecture ‘Energiebalans in beweging’ on 12 September.

PhD dissertation Joanne Leerlooijer

Sexuality is a taboo subject in many countries in Africa and Asia. Not talking about it can lead to problems, among others for young people who become sexually active or unplanned pregnant.

PhD dissertation Jing Liu

Environmental pollution and devastation accompanying rapid economic development have created not only alarming losses to human beings and property but also astonishing damage to the environment itself. The difficulties in assessment and the special legal status of natural resources make traditional tort law an insufficient solution for the protection and compensation of this so called ecological damage.

From victim to survivor

In Society
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:54
Marcelle Devries was 36 years old when she was murdered in Auschwitz in 1942. Last summer, a memorial stone bearing her name was unveiled in front of the Bosscherweg 185 in Maastricht, where she lived until she was deported. The house is now occupied by Fred Grünfeld, professor of International Relations at Maastricht University and initiator of the ‘Stumbling Stones’ project in Maastricht.

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