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Life Sciences - Health - 12.07.2024
Genetic insights shed light on how and where bacteria form brightly coloured colonies without pigments
Some bacteria form colonies that display striking, reflective colours. New genetic insights into the formation of such colours allowed an interdisciplinary, international team of researchers to identify the environments and bacterial groups in which these colours are found. Doing so, the team has made a start in understanding the function of these colours in bacteria.

Physics - Health - 01.07.2024
TU Delft launches future proof research reactor with cold neutron source
More advanced and faster research is possible with the commissioning of the cold neutron source and the improved instruments of TU Delft Reactor Institute (RID) as of 27 June 2024. The first results of research are expected in October 2024, around the official reopening of the reactor. In recent years, the TU Delft team together with more than 10 national and international partners and suppliers have realised a technical masterpiece.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.06.2024
'Even negative research findings deserve to be published - others can learn from them'
’Even negative research findings deserve to be published - others can learn from them’
Postdoctoral researcher Florencia Abinzano was nominated for the Trial and Error award, established to create more awareness for open science: the open sharing of all research results, positive and negative, in science. Scientific research does not always go as it was conceived or hoped for. Sometimes, your hypothesis doesn't work out, mistakes may be made.

Chemistry - Health - 24.06.2024
Micro and nanoplastics in human blood detected again
Micro and nanoplastics in human blood detected again
A second study by analytical chemists and immunologists of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam University Medical Center (VUmc) on the presence of micro and nanoplastics in human blood confirms the team's previous findings (Leslie et al. The first study received overwhelming attention, including a lot of resistance and disbelief especially from the polymer industry.

Psychology - Health - 21.06.2024
Excessive social media use during pregnancy linked to depression
Intensive and problematic social media use during pregnancy can lead to depressive symptoms. This is evident from new doctoral research by Tilburg University. "More attention needs to be paid to these risk factors for mental health problems, which can have unfavorable outcomes for both mother and child." For the past 30 years, Tilburg University has conducted extensive research into the general well-being of women during pregnancy.

Health - Microtechnics - 18.06.2024
Graphene plus liquid crystals equals 'Hot Fingers'
Graphene plus liquid crystals equals ’Hot Fingers’
Eindhoven researchers have developed a soft robotic 'hand' made from liquid crystals and graphene that could be used to design future surgical robots. The new work has just been published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. In our future hospitals, soft robots might be used as surgical robots.

Health - Innovation - 07.05.2024
Research meets sightseeing: reviewing thousands of papers in Utrecht’s historical gems
More than 25 researchers from ten different European countries will join Utrecht's first Screenathon, taking place from May 14 to May 17 . At several beautiful, historical sites in Utrecht's city centre, the researchers together will screen more than 10,000 publications to get insights into research activities from all'over the world relevant to the IMPROVE project.

Psychology - Health - 02.05.2024
More years of education may protect from psychiatric problems
More years of education may protect from psychiatric problems
New research from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam) suggests that individuals with higher levels of education have a lower risk of psychiatric problems. The study indicates that prolonged education may serve as a protective factor against conditions such as depression, ADHD, alcohol dependence, and anxiety.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.05.2024
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have unique and complex autoantibody patterns
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have unique and complex autoantibody patterns
Research challenges therapeutic approaches and ideas about disease backgrounds Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) all'have a unique and diverse set of antibodies that are involved in the development of the disease. Researchers at Utrecht University unveiled the complexity of these antibodies using powerful lab tools capable of analysing our immune system at molecular levels.

Health - History / Archeology - 23.04.2024
What height says about the development of our prosperity and health
What height says about the development of our prosperity and health
As a boy, did you grow up among sisters in around 1850? Then you probably grew taller than a boy who only had brothers. Someone's height says a lot about the quality of life in their first 20 years. Malnutrition, disease and hard labour can inhibit people's growth. Historian Björn Quanjer studied how the height of Dutch men between 1850 and 1950 was influenced by the households in which they grew up.

Physics - Health - 22.04.2024
A nanophotonic fiber-tip solution to detect the ultrasmall
A nanophotonic fiber-tip solution to detect the ultrasmall
Using an ultrasensitive photonic crystal, TU/e researchers were able to detect single particles down to 50 nanometers in diameter. The new research has just been published in the journal Optica. What do volcanic lava, fire smoke, automobile exhaust fumes, and printer toner have in common? They are all sources of ultrafine particles - particles with a diameter below 100 nanometers, which can pose serious health risks if inhaled.

Health - 09.04.2024
Improved monitoring of dangerous aneurysms
Improved monitoring of dangerous aneurysms
During her doctoral research, Esther Maas investigated the use of new ultrasound techniques to image dangerous aortic aneurysms for patient-specific care. An aneurysm is a dangerous vascular condition in which a weak spot in a vessel wall can bulge like a balloon. In the aorta, the largest artery in the abdomen, such an aneurysm is life-threatening, especially when it bursts.

Health - Pharmacology - 08.04.2024
Better understanding of how breast cancer works
Better understanding of how breast cancer works
In her research into the response of breast cancer to the hormone estrogen, PhD candidate Stacey Joosten studied not only hormone-sensitive breast cancer in postmenopausal women but also in men and in women before the menopause. The aim was to gain an even better understanding of how this type of breast cancer works.

Health - Psychology - 21.03.2024
App demonstrates importance of broader treatment approach to narcolepsy
App demonstrates importance of broader treatment approach to narcolepsy
PhD candidate Laury Quaedackers studied how a special app can improve the quality of life for people with narcolepsy. She defended her thesis on March 21 at the Department of Industrial Design. Narcolepsy is a rare but serious sleep disorder. People with narcolepsy fall asleep involuntarily at random times.

Health - 13.03.2024
Intensive trauma treatment relieves PTSD symptoms within eight days
Relieved from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in eight days? It is possible with a highly intensive treatment method that combines trauma-focused therapies and lots of exercise. Eline Voorendonk will receive her PhD on 15 March for her research on this method. "About 80% of people no longer have a PTSD diagnosis at the end of the treatment." About 80% of people have a traumatic experience at some point in their life.

Health - Environment - 12.03.2024
Chronic stress and inflammation linked to societal and environmental impacts in new study
Scientists, including Paul Verschure at Radboud University, hypothesize that as-yet unrecognized inflammatory stress is spreading among people at unprecedented rates and affecting our cognitive ability to address climate change, war, and other critical issues. From anxiety about the state of the world to ongoing waves of Covid-19, the stresses we face can seem relentless and even overwhelming.

Chemistry - Health - 05.03.2024
Chemists break barriers and open up super-resolution molecule mass analysis
Chemists break barriers and open up super-resolution molecule mass analysis
Research team measures individual giant molecules with record-breaking precision By modifying and boosting lab equipment, a team of chemists are able to measure individual molecules with unprecedented precision. This precision relates to being able to tell that one single sugar grain is missing from a full 1 kilogram bag of sugar.

Pharmacology - Health - 28.02.2024
Many new oncology drugs approved in the EU lack proof of added benefit
Many new oncology drugs approved in the EU lack proof of added benefit
Many cancer drugs recently approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) lack clear proof of added benefit. This is particularly the case for drugs that are granted via special processes, intended to accelerate the approval of promising treatments. A research team from Utrecht University draws this conclusion today in the scientific journal The BMJ .

Health - Innovation - 27.02.2024
Improving a non-invasive way to monitor contractions during labor
Improving a non-invasive way to monitor contractions during labor
Kirsten Thijssen defended her PhD thesis at the Department of Electrical Engineering on February 22nd. Her research was completed at Máxima Medical Center and Eindhoven University of Technology. Uterine contractions are a key part of childbirth, but they can temporarily reduce oxygen supply to the fetus.

Health - Economics - 26.02.2024
No-claim settlement can be an alternative to the deductible
The deductible and patient costs are important topics in the political debate in the Netherlands. According to health economics professor Martin Salm, a viable alternative could be the no-claim scheme, which was previously abolished in the Netherlands. He researched how no-claim refunds influence claiming behavior at a large German health insurer.