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The extraordinary power of the intestinal microbiota

Vanessa Domingues, researcher at ciTechCare and PhD student at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra, published on September 8th an article in the Diário de Leiria on “The Extraordinary Power of the Intestinal Microbiota”, which highlights the role of the intestinal microbiota in health and disease prevention. Vanessa refers that “the intestinal microbiota is almost as specific as a fingerprint” and that, in addition to genetics, “sedentary lifestyle, smoking, stress, type of diet and even the use of antibiotics, cause an imbalance in the intestinal microbiota, called dysbiosis, making us more vulnerable to disease. (…) dysbiosis can

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What is missing – The [Fantastic] role of general practitioners

Sónia Gonçalves Pereira, researcher at ciTechCare, published an opinion article on July 15, in Jornal de Leiria, on a topic that has been an increasing topic of opinions and criticism in the society: the perception of the general practitioner as an unlimited resource of medical prescriptions and certificates. The article aims to highlight the role of the general practitioner in promoting the health and well-being of the population and the burden that these professionals feel in managing the lists of their patients and families, which was aggravated during the pandemic.Sonia refers that “This is a general practitioner. Not a window

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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

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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)

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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

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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”

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