Sitting all day long but still feeling healthy

Sitting all day long but still feeling healthy

Spending eight hours a day on your desk chair and then flopping onto the sofa in front of the TV in the evenings. It’s not good and we’ve known that for a while. It increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and can cause muscular and articular complaints. It doesn’t do you much good mentally, either. People who sit a lot, often feel drained and have an increased chance of depression. But why do people sit so much? Is there a link between sitting and their other activities? How do they experience their own health? Maud Daemen, a master’s student of Health Education and Promotion, wrote her thesis on that subject. And with this, she won the Catharina Pijls Encouragement Prize 2020.

About Hitler, Taylor Swift, and cryptomnesia

About Hitler, Taylor Swift, and cryptomnesia

Not only researchers but also students need to have the devastating effect of fraud and plagiarism impressed upon them. That was the tenor of an online ‘teach-meet’ by education institute EDLAB last week. Should students be given insight into the  scores of antiplagiarism software or not?

Enough is enough, give me that iPad!

Enough is enough, give me that iPad!

The aim of the Care and Constraint Act, which has been in existence since January, is to reduce ‘involuntary care’ for the mentally handicapped and those suffering from dementia. The South Limburg Academic Collaborative Centre on Care for Older People is going to draw up a national guideline for nurses and carers, but it has first conducted a survey. Why is it not always possible to prevent the use of constraints? 

“Miss, you shouldn’t forget that we’re foreigners”

“Miss, you shouldn’t forget that we’re foreigners”

She made hours of audio recordings during her fieldwork at a secondary school in Venlo, Limburg. Pomme van de Weerd, who will receive her PhD from Maastricht University on 18 November, did research on its students’ language use. Most of them were teenagers with a migration background who regularly label themselves and others as buitenlander (foreigner), Marokkaan (Moroccan), Nederlander (Dutch) or Turk (Turk). Van de Weerd wanted to know why they do so and what they mean by it.

Trial with Maastricht COVID-19 breathalyser

Trial with Maastricht COVID-19 breathalyser

MAASTRICHT. The ministry, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Area Health Authority (GGD) are going test three ‘noses’, devices that can smell COVID-19 in exhaled breath. One of those is the ‘e-nose’ into which Maastricht scientists have carried out extensive research. Should the device meet requirements, it can be put to use immediately.

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