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Interactive platform for preventing obesity in adolescents

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare, is co-author of the chapter “Interdisciplinary interactive platform for the promotion of healthy behaviors and the prevention of physical inactivity and obesity (Teenpower)” (pp. 83-91) of the book “Development of Sport and Quality of Life – Education, Research and Intervention”(doi: 10.34633/978-989-54743-4-9), published in 2020 by the Network of Schools with Training in Sports in Public Polytechnic Higher Education.The chapter presents the TeenPower mobile application (app), which aims to promote healthy behaviors and prevent overweight in adolescents. The mobile application includes several thematic educational resources (e.g., videos, infographics, menus, daily tips). Among these, the team highlights

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Mixed meal tolerance test as a screening methods for gestational diabetes: a narrative review

Caroline Pragosa, graduated in Dietetics and Nutrition by the School of Health Sciences of the Polytechnic of Leiria, co-authored with Marlene Lages, Cidália Pereira and Maria Guarino, researchers at ciTechCare, published the article “Mixed meal tolerance test as a screening method for gestational diabetes: a narrative review” in the Acta Portuguesa de Nutrição.The Oral Glucose Tolerance Test is the gold standard method for the diagnosis of diabetes, however, the use of a standard mixed meal may better represent the actual postprandial metabolic responses. In this article the authors compared the standard mixed meals that have already been tested as an

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Qualitative research manual

Jaime Ribeiro and Carla Piscarreta Damásio, researchers at ciTechCare and lecturers at the School of Health Sciences from the Polytechnic of Leiria, are co-authors of two chapters of the book “Manual de Investigação Qualitativa: conceção, análise e aplicações” [Manual for Qualitative Research: conception, analysis and applications] (ISBN: 978-989-693-114-8), published in 2021 by Pactor Editora: “Data analysis” (Jaime) and “Narrative analysis: from the perspective of analysis to discourse” (Carla).This book, designed to support the entire qualitative research process, from the most general and conceptual level themes, to the techniques of data collection and analysis in the various application areas. This book

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COVID-19 optimal control: controlled sanitary deconfinement in Portugal

Rui-Fonseca Pinto, the current Director of the School of Health Sciences from the Polytechnic of Leiria, and Rui Passadouro da Fonseca, medical doctor at ACeS Pinhal Litoral, both researchers at ciTechCare, are co-authors of the article “Optimal control of the COVID-19 pandemic: controlled sanitary deconfinement in Portugal”, published on February 10th in Scientific Reports (Nature).The authors propose a forecasting mathematical model to anticipate the consequences of political decisions during the COVID-19 pandemics, thus being a public health decision support tool. This work allows testing various scenarios of pandemic management (e.g., closure of sectors of the economy, partial/total compliance with protection

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Editorial: eccentric exercise in COPD

ciTechCare has another publication, this time an Editorial with the title “Eccentric Exercise in COPD: Take It or Leave It?” (doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2020.10.021), published on Chest, with the authorship of Joana Cruz, lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, and researcher at ciTechCare, and Chris Burtin, lecturer and researcher at REVAL-BIOMED, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences (Faculteit Revalidatiewetenschappen), Universiteit Hasselt (Belgium).This Editorial presents a critical review of the role of eccentric exercise in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), based on a recent article published in the same journal, “Submaximal eccentric cycling in people with COPD: acute whole- body cardiopulmonary

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Evaluation of the portugueses version of the sensory processing measure for preschool

ciTechCare has another published article this month with the authorship of the researchers Helena Reis, Dulce Gomes and Maria dos Anjos Dixe, also lecturers at ESSLei. The article entitled “A Portuguese Version of the Sensory Processing Measure for Preschool: Analysis of the Internal Consistency and Homogeneity of the Items of School Form” was published in the Revista Brasileira de Educação Especial (doi: 10.1590/1980-54702020v26e0165). This study aimed to examine the internal consistency and items homogeneity of a Portuguese language version of the Sensory Processing Measure-Preschool (SPM-P) in children aged between 2 and 5 years recruited in Nursery Schools. Findings showed that

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