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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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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Importance of mental health and physical activity in confinement

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare, was invited to present a lecture entitled “The importance of promoting mental health and physical activity during pandemic lockdown: the relevance of a multidisciplinary view”, in the 3rd edition of The Man-Machine Wellbeing Symposium (MW).Roberta highlighted some studies carried out by a team of lecturers

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Role of Science and Technology in Social Awareness

Maria Guarino, coordinator of ciTechCare, will participate tomorrow (May 11th) in the 5th session of the Cycle of Social Innovation Webinars. Under the title “THE ROLE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIAL SENSITIZATION”, this session is part of the webinar promoted by Startup Leiria: “Technology & Knowledge: Innovation Catalysts” which,

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Second version of the Veggies4MyHeart on Play Store

The second version of Veggies4MyHeart has just been released on Play Store and will soon be launched on the App Store. This serious game for health promotion is targeted at pre-school children and aims to promote knowledge about vegetables and encourage them to eat more vegetables from an early age.This

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