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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Unique approach to cardiac rehabilitation

ciTechCare was again in the news of the Jornal de Leiria on December 11th, where an innovative project was presented that will create and test a new approach to prescribing exercise training in cardiac rehabilitation programs, based on direct assessment of the autonomic nervous system. The research project ‘2ARTs -Accessing Autonomic Control in Cardiac RehabiliTaTion’, led by Rui Fonseca-Pinto, a researcher at ciTechCare and the director of @ESSLei, and with the collaboration of the Centro Hospitalar de Leiria, was funded with 230 thousand euros and was ranked in the top ten out of 420 in the panel of Clinical Engineering

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Bruno Carreira, ciTechCare investigator, leads one of the 10 pilot-projects promoted by DGS to create a physical exercise medical appointment in primary healthcare centers

Bruno Carreira, MD, PhD, general practitioner at the Santiago Primary Care Unit in Leiria, ciTechCare researcher and Professor at School of Health Sciences of Polytechnic, is the principal investigator of a pilot project of the Directorate-General for Health that aims to analyze the benefits of targeted physical exercise and its impact on the quality of life of the users, as well as evaluating the cost-benefit of applying this measure compared to the costs of medication and treatment. On February 27, 2019, a cooperation protocol was signed between Polytechnic of Leiria, Santiago de Leiria Family Health Unit, Leiria City Hall, Pinhal

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Determinants and barriers to exercise in the elderly

Roberta Frontini, Marlene Rosa and Raúl Antunes, together with two Physiotherapy students from the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, who recently did an internship at ciTechCare, Ruben Coelho and Pedro Marques, presented two posters on June 18 at the III Jornadas de Intervenção Psicossocial na Comunidade: Pensar o idoso e o envelhecimento (JIPC2021).The posters presented two qualitative studies on determinants and barriers to exercise training in two groups of sedentary elderly, one who participated in a community physical exercise group and the other group who did not participate. More information here: https://www.ixus.pt/jipc2021/

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Social isolation and loneliness in the elderly

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare, is a co-author of 2 posters presented in the III Jornadas de Intervenção Psicossocial na Comunidade: Pensar o idoso e o envelhecimento (JIPC2021), which took place on June 18, 2021.In the first poster entitled “Museum in the village: Community project where art and culture combat social isolation and loneliness in the elderly”, presented by Lina Tábua Pereira, the Museum in the Village project was disseminated. This is an innovative project led by Sociedade Artística Musical de Pousos (SAMP) that aims to combat social isolation and loneliness in elderly people from low-density villages. The second poster

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ciTechCare at the European Respiratory Congress

Joana Cruz, lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, and researcher at ciTechCare, was actively involved in the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress (#ERScongress), with the presentation of two e-posters developed under the OnTRACK project ((https://citechcare.ipleiria.pt/ontrack/), and the chairing of two symposia, together with two international experts

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Celiac disease volunteers and their families

The researcher Sónia Gonçalves Pereira, mother of two celiac girls, is looking for celiac volunteers and their direct family (children and adults) to create a biobank of blood and feces samples for a research project that aims to study the influence of genetics and the microbiome on development of this

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Opening of call for research scholarship

The Polytechnic of Leiria opened a call for 1 Research Scholarship under the ForPharmacy project – Future pharmacy as a plug-and-play ecosystem (projet n. 70053), co-financed by the Lisbon 2020 Regional Operational Programme (LISBOA 2020) and the Portugal 2020 Programme, through the ERDF – European Regional Development Fund.The Research Scholarship

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Opening of call for Research Scholarship

The Polytechnic of Leiria opened a call for 1 Research Scholarship under the SafeTrack project – Miniaturized wireless devices for continuous monitoring of patients in the emergency department (project no. 70111), co-financed by the Centro 2020 Regional Operational Programme (CENTRO 2020), under the Portugal 2020 Programme, through the ERDF –

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