Chat2Quit: New approach to smoking cessation

Sara Dias, lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria and researcher at ciTechCare, published on May 19 an article in Diário de Leiria where she presented the research project she is coordinating at ciTechCare, “Chat2Quit”, which aims to provide personalized support to help smokers stop smoking, within the academic community of the Polytechnic of Leiria. This support will be provided through a mobile application for smartphone, Chat2Quit, using innovative science-based strategies.Sara highlights that “In Portugal, tobacco contributes to one death every 50 minutes, and one in four deaths in the 50-59 age group is caused by tobacco”

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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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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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Body image and exercise dependence during lockdown

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare, presented on May 29 an oral communication entitled “Comparing body image and exercise dependence between different fitness groups during COVID-19”, at the 1st International Conference on Human Kinesiology.This work aimed to understand the levels of exercise dependence of 3 groups of practitioners: weight training, cross training and group classes in gyms, during the second confinement of COVID-19. Body image (in)satisfaction was also analysed. This work was developed from the combination of 3 project works by 4 students from the Sports and Wellbeing course at the Higher School of Education and Social Sciences at the Polytechnic

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Association between clock genes and individual metabolism

The 17th Portuguese Diabetes Congress organized by the Portuguese Society of Diabetology (SPD) is taking place between 11 and 17 March 2021. Marlene Lages, PhD student and research fellow at ciTechCare, was invited by the SPD Nutrition Study Group to present her work entitled “Impact of circadian rhythm on prediabetes – A pilot study on the association between chronotype and metabolic homeostasis ” that won the Emílio Peres Award the previous year.People have different phases of their circadian rhythm (24-hour cycle), which defines their chronotype, and it can be determined through the expression of clock genes. This individuality can condition

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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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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

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