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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

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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:

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We will only be able to ‘breathe’ in the summer 2022

Sara Dias, researcher at ciTechCare, lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, and epidemiologist, gave an interview to the newspaper Região de Leiria where she made a prediction about the future of the pandemic in Portugal, where she states that “We will only be able to ‘breathe’ in the summer of 2022”. Sara emphasises that public health depends on each one of us, and that in the future we must be prepared for a new pandemic with well-designed and previously authorised protocols so that we can act as early as possible. More information HERE (edition 23 April).

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Motor development, socialization and autonomy in 3-4 year old children

Helena Reis, researcher at ciTechCare and teacher at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, was invited to attend the TV program Filhos & Cadilhos, in Porto Canal, on to talk about child development. This program aims to clarify the developmental stages in the various age groups. In this interview, it was intended to clarify the most evident milestones in the age group from 3 to 4 years, from the point of view of children’s motor skills, socialization and autonomy. More information HERE.

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Benefits of physical exercise in cancer

Pedro Machado, PhD student and research fellow at ciTechCare, and physiotherapist recently graduated at from the School of Health Sciences of the Polytechnic of Leiria, published on March 24 an article in the Diário de Leiria on the importance of physical exercise in cancer, namely in the improvement of frequent and disabling symptoms such as fatigue.Pedro points out that the research he is currently developing at ciTechCare involves planning “pre-surgical rehabilitation programs, based on exercise adjusted to these high-risk patients, and assessing their effectiveness in post-surgical results”, highlighting the importance of exercise and physical activity in several parameters, including psychological

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Spin Off Agilidades creates Lab Centers for validation of serious games

The academic Spin Off of the Polytechnic of Leiria (IPLeiria) AGILidades was on the news today in Diário do Minho. AGILidades develops Serious Games specially dedicated to the provision of stimuli and well-being of the geriatric community. To guarantee the therapeutic certification of its products, in a paradigm of proximity to the Private Institutions of Social Solidarity (IPSS), AGILidades started this year its strategy of creating Lab Centers in Portugal.Lab Centers are structures created and trained by the SPIN OFF for experimentation and scientific validation of Serious Games, in a close relationship with the community. In 2021, the company envisages

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