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    Menstruation is still a taboo in the workplace

    28-09-2022

    In honour of the presentation of the VNVA Els Borst Prize for her oeuvre, Prof Marlies Bongers is organising the symposium "menstruation in RED on the agenda" on 1 October.

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    Repeat miscarriages: does the immune system play a role?

    15-09-2022

    In women trying to conceive, 1-3% experience repeated miscarriages. For more than 50% of these women, a cause for the miscarriages has yet to be found. New research from Maastricht University (UM) and the Maastricht University Medical Centre+ (MUMC+) shows that the immune system’s Natural Killer (NK) cells may be involved. In women with repeated miscarriages, the NK cells have different characteristics.

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    New European project aims to think outside the box when it comes to medicine

    05-09-2022

    The European Commission has awarded €23 million to set up a new platform for drug repurposing: the use of existing drugs in diseases other than those for which they were originally developed. In the next seven years UM will develop the platform REPO4EU (precision drug REPurpOsing for Europe) together with various international partners. A congress in Maastricht held on 2-3 September kicked off the project.

  • Companies do often not live up to their sustainable hallmark

    19-08-2022

    The ESG rating, the hallmark that indicates that companies are conducting business in a socially responsible way, often appears to be a promise that only exists on paper. While large investors, such as Dutch pension funds, actually use it to make responsible investments.

  • Aantal mensen met overgewicht stijgt: Verleiding ongezonde producten te groot'

    19-05-2022

    Het aantal mensen met overgewicht en diabetes stijgt. Om te bepalen of iemand te zwaar is, wordt gekeken naar de BMI. Maar wat zegt je BMI eigenlijk over je gezondheid? En wat kan de overheid doen om het aantal mensen met overgewicht terug te dringen? Obesitas-onderzoeker Gijs Goossens vertelt erover in een interview met nu.nl.

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    Research into personalised axillary treatment of breast cancer with lymph node metastases

    14-01-2022

    When breast cancer has spread to lymph nodes in the armpit, extensive imaging studies are performed and tumour characteristics are determined prior to surgical removal. Research initiated at Maastricht UMC+ aims to clarify the extent to which an accurate assessment can be made of possible responses to chemotherapy prior to surgery. As a result, extensive surgery to the armpit may not always be required in the future. The KWF is subsidising the research with € 538,000.

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    Tinkering with microRNAs helps heart cells regenerate

    01-09-2021

    Scientists and cardiologists have known for decades that once a piece of heart muscle has died, for example due to a heart attack, it will never grow back. However, a research group from Maastricht University led by Professor Leon de Windt has now shown that by tinkering with microRNAs, heart muscle cells can indeed be prompted to regenerate. The research was published earlier this month in Nature Communications.

  • Corona: some pupils are extra duped by first closure primary schools

    23-03-2021

    During the first school closure in primary education in the 2019/2020 school year as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, pupils from all backgrounds suffered a delay in learning growth compared to the previous years. However, the delay is greater for some pupils than for other pupils. This is shown by research by scientists at Maastricht University based on the National Cohort Research Education (NCO).

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    VerDus-Synthesis Study: Urban Sustainability Transitions: Energy, Climate, & Circularity

    23-03-2021

    How do we involve citizens in the sustainability transition? When do they start participating? What solutions could reliably count on wide public support and how do we find these? What implications could such an approach have for governmental practices? What barriers do sustainable solutions encounter at the institutional level and how could these be overcome?

    By synthesizing the results of twelve different research projects, Joop de Kraker and René Kemp (Maastricht Sustainability Institute) try to provide answers to questions like these.

  • Researchers discover important cause of high blood pressure

    10-11-2020

    An international team of scientists has discovered one of the causes of primary hypertension or high blood pressure. In addition, the team, led by researchers from Maastricht University (UM), discovered that this cause could be treated with existing and already registered drugs.

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