Blood clotting research on the Alps

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Written by Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:37
Oxygen deficiency increases the risk of thrombosis – at least, this was the suspicion. Now, thanks to a spectacular research expedition to the thin air atop an Alpine summit, there is certainty. The research leader Bas de Laat from Synapse, a spin-off company of Maastricht University, used a new testing…
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…

Overweight? Exercise is not the answer

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Written by 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,…

‘A suitcase full of memories’

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Written by Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00
This April, Joep Geraedts retired as professor of Clinical Genetics and Cell Biology at Maastricht University. In the 30-plus years that he worked at UM, the developments in his field have been spectacular. Take the unravelling of the mysteries of DNA, for example: “If you had asked me 30 years…
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