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Predictive value of carotid bodies overactivation for metabolic diseases

A group of researchers from ciTechCare recently published the article “CBmeter study: protocol for assessing the predictive value of peripheral chemoreceptor overactivation for metabolic diseases” in the journal BMJ Open.The article describes the clinical protocol currently being used in the CBmeter study. This study aims to contribute to the clarification of the role of carotid bodies in the aetiology of metabolic diseases and guide the development of new therapeutic approaches for early intervention in metabolic diseases.Non-invasive assessment of carotid bodies activity is performed by measuring ventilatory, cardiac and metabolic responses to two challenge tests, which may have a predictive value

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Effects of Exercise Programs on Anxiety in Individuals with Disabilities

Roberta Frontini and Raul Antunes, researchers at ciTechCare, are co-authors of a systematic review article with meta-analysis led by Miguel Jacinto, a researcher at CIEQV and PhD student at the University of Coimbra. The article was published in the international journal Healthcare (An Open Access Journal from MDPI).This is a systematic review with meta-analysis that aimed to identify whether physical exercise programs can be a good method to reduce anxiety symptoms in individuals with disabilities. The results of the present study reinforce that physical exercise programs promote positive effects and can be a good adjuvant for the reduction of anxiety

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Motivational factors in nature sports between exercises and non-exercisers

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare is co-author of an article recently published in the Journal of Sport Pedagogy and Research. This work is part of a series of studies coordinated by Professor António Brandão, from the Superior School of Sport and Leisure – Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (ESDL-IPVC), within a project on Risk and Safety in sports from nature and adventure, where Roberta has collaborated. In this work, the authors tried to understand the motivations for the practice of nature and adventure sports, comparing practitioners and non-practitioners of exercise. The study revealed that the reasons linked to revitalization,

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Relationship between food choice and physical activity in body-image perception among adolescents

A group of researchers from ciTechCare recently published an article in Frontiers in Public Health journal about the association of certain behaviours and factors in the level of body satisfaction of a group of teenagers who were part of the TeenPower project.This study revealed the existence of a high percentage of body dissatisfaction among adolescents, and most of them were not satisfied and wanted to lose weight. The authors highlight the importance of understanding how body (dis)satisfaction affects food preferences and physical activity levels so that, in the future, these factors can be integrated into policies and interventions aimed at

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Commentary: Platform for self-management in Chronic Respiratory Disease

ciTechCare has another publication by invitation, this time a Clinical Commentary about an article where a web platform was developed to optimize self-management after Pulmonary Rehabilitation in people with chronic respiratory disease. This Clinical Commentary was authored by Joana Cruz, lecturer at School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, and researcher at ciTechCare, and was published in the scientific journal Physiotherapy Canada (Journals – University of Toronto Press, doi: 10.3138/ptc-2019-0110-cc).Joana highlights the importance of this type of digital solutions in supporting patient self-management and identifies some difficulties encountered during the implementation of the platform, such as patients’ adherence rates and

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OncoEnergy: Exercise for people with cancer

The researcher Pedro Machado, PhD fellow at ciTechCare, launched the interactive manual “OncoEnergy: Physical exercise manual for people with cancer” (doi: 10.25766/71bf-wx70) on May 21st at the ciTechCare facilities. The idea derived from a group work with fourth grade Physiotherapy students of the School of Health Sciences of the Polytecnic of Leiria.The manual aims to make patients and caregivers aware of the benefits of physical exercise after the diagnosis of cancer and was recently published by the Polytechnic of Leiria, with the institutional support of the Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro and the Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists (Associação Portuguesa de

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