NEWS | MEDIA

Being active with a chronic respiratory disease

Sofia Flora, researcher at ciTechCare and PhD student at the Faculty of Human Motricity, published an article on July 14 in Diário de Leiria on the importance of physical activity in the health and quality of life of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which highlights the work that has been developed at ciTechCare in this area, within the OnTRACK project and her PhD project (both funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT Ref. POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028446 and 2020.06954.BD).Sofia emphasizes “Particularly in people with COPD, their health condition, exercise tolerance and the appropriateness of the type of physical activity are

Read More »

Research nominated as Figure of the Week

Maria Guarino, Coordinator of ciTechCare and Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences of the Polytechnic of Leiria, was nominated as the Figure of the Week in the newspaper Região de Leiria, following the attribution of the Alfredo da Silva Research Award, in the category “Technological Innovation, Mobility and Industry ”.The researcher is responsible for the CBmeter project, which aims to develop and test a device for screening and early detection of type 2 diabetes mellitus by monitoring the activity of the carotid bodies. +INFO: https://www.regiaodeleiria.pt/ (edition July 8, 2021)

Read More »

We still need to motivate people for physical activity

Roberta Frontini, lecturer at Politécnico de Leiria and member of the ciTechCare, published on June 16 an article in Diário de Leiria where she highlights the importance of continuing to investigate the reasons and barriers to the practice of physical activity and physical exercise, and she gives some tips to overcome them.Roberta emphasizes that “if we want to motivate someone to be more active, we will have to start by making an assessment of the motivational stage in which the person is.” Furthermore, having goals is important, but they must be realistic and set for the short, medium and long term. A

Read More »

Chat2Quit: New approach to smoking cessation

Sara Dias, lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria and researcher at ciTechCare, published on May 19 an article in Diário de Leiria where she presented the research project she is coordinating at ciTechCare, “Chat2Quit”, which aims to provide personalized support to help smokers stop smoking, within the academic community of the Polytechnic of Leiria. This support will be provided through a mobile application for smartphone, Chat2Quit, using innovative science-based strategies.Sara highlights that “In Portugal, tobacco contributes to one death every 50 minutes, and one in four deaths in the 50-59 age group is caused by tobacco”

Read More »

Effect of food in the treatment of major depression

Nuno Santos, researcher at ciTechCare, nutritionist and lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, published an opinion article in the Diário de Leiria on April 21st where he presents a research project that started in February which aims to understand how food can influence the treatment of major depression. This type of depression is frequent in Portugal, affecting more than 6% of the population annually, and the numbers are expected to be higher in the current context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The usual treatment for depression includes the use of medications and psychological counselling. However, previous studies have

Read More »

Game to assist in chronic pain treatment

Marlene Rosa, researcher at ciTechCare and lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, was interviewed in late April about her latest work on developing an analogue game to help treating chronic pain in the geriatric population. This work is being carried out in collaboration with the Universidade Católica de Pelotas – UCPel Catholic University of Pelotas, represented by the coordinating team of the Center for Extension in Attention to the Elderly of the Catholic University of Pelotas (CETRES / UCPel, Brazil).Marlene and Ricardo Pocinho (lecturer at the School of Education and Social Sciences, ESECS – IPLeiria) highlight:

Read More »