Asbestos – a public health challenge

The presence of asbestos in some of the public infrastructure is a topic that has been discussed and deserves special attention, since it is a carcinogen capable of potentiating cancer. Asbestos is known as a human carcinogen, even at very low doses, and is currently considered as the leading cause of cancer associated with occupational exposure in industrialized countries. Sometimes this material is located in buildings or in infrastructure in places whose presence is unknown. In addition, health effects can persist for years and years, even after being exposed to this agent. On this subject, Cátia Santos, a researcher at

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Role of healthcare professionals in chronic pain

Cristina Costeira, researcher at ciTechCare, published an article entitled “Appropriated management of chronic pain: a personal right, a healthcare professional duty”, on Diário de Leiria journal, for raising awareness about the importance of treating chronic pain, which affects about 3 million portuguese. According to Cristina, living with continuous pain should not be considered as a natural way of life, therefore, a proper intervention from the healthcare professionals is essential, what turns up to be more relevant since “only 22% of people with chronic pain have regular medical appointments”. However, a patients’ dedicated attitude is also mandatory in this process. Some

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International Project for Oral Health promotion receives ERASMUS+ grant

Accessing to oral health services is not an easy process, specially for vulnerable patient groups, such as frail older people, people with severe mental illness, and people with an intellectual disability.  Also, research shows that oral care professionals, nursing professionals and social work professionals are lacking the knowledge and skills needed to ensure good oral care for this patient groups.  In order to contribute to a better and easier access to oral health services in this specific population, an international collaboration was created between ACTA (Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam) and Inholland University of Applied Sciences, both universities from the Netherlands, University of Montpellier, in

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Polytechnic of Leiria (PL) and Leiria Hospital Center (CHL) regularized a protocol for the use of the cardiopulmonary exercise test

December 21, was the chosen day to formalize a collaboration protocol for investigation and development, using together the stress test equipment (CPET), between both PL and CHL. This equipment of the Polytechnic of Leiria is located at the Pneumology Healthcare Service at the Leiria Hospital Center (CHL). The cardiopulmonary stress test will be used both by Polytechnic of Leiria and CHL, under the coordination of each supervisor, assuring the operational protocol control. Both entities will share knowledge, scientific and technical faculties in CPET among their professionals on the research projects development, graduated and post graduated training of students and professionals

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Funding Sources with Maria Guarino – Campus 5 O’Clock Talk

Last Campus 5 O’Clock Talk session was led by Maria Guarino and happened yesterday, 28th april. The focus of this meeting was to share up to date information about funding sources, a particularly interesting topic for ciTechCare.  “Taking a PhD does not mean we have to use personal finances. Fortunately, we can count on foundations, innovation agencies which fund several projects in different areas”, explained the speaker, coordinator of the Center for Innovative Care and Health Technology.   

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DE-PASS COST Action in Amsterdam

The 3 days DE-PASS (Determinants of Physical Activities in Settings) Training School April 2022 took place at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA), from 4th to 6th April.   Joana Cruz, ciTechCare researcher, participated in this COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) action concerning the “State of the art in physical activity behaviour, data collection, research harmonisation, integrated and federated data analysis across multiple cohorts and countries”.   COST actions are an unique model for the researchers to develop ideas and initiatives together, which contributes to an european standardizaton of knowledge about a certain theme. This training school included the presence of some

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ciTechCare is celebrating 3 years

ciTechCare’s third birthday gathered, last Friday, 13 may, several collaborators to talk about Cardio-respiratory rehabilitation and secondary prevention.  This research, development and innovation unit dedicated to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the prevention, diagnosis and early intervention of the disease have been evolved for the past 3 years towards

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RUN-EU Institutional Visit to Polytechnic of Leiria

On May 10, at ciTechCare, more than 40 people had the opportunity to get to know the Biosignals and the Advanced Diagnosis laboratories, the Assistive Technology and Occupational Performance Laboratory (aTOPlab) and the Healthcare Simulation Laboratory, whose main goal is to allow healthcare students to practice before their rotations, with

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ciTechCare received Feevale University Committee

According to the established protocol between Politécnico de Leiria and Feevale University, ciTechCare was visited by the committee of this Higher Education Institution from Rio Grande do Sul, last 4th May.  Doctor Cleber Prodanov, Feevale University Dean and Doctor Paula Casari Cundaria,  Director of International and Institutional Relations, got the chance

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Bodyshaming and satisfaction with body image

On September 21, 2021, our researcher Roberta Frontini gave a workshop at Leiria IPL’s School of Education and Social Sciences entitled “Bodyshaming and satisfaction with body image”.This workshop was part of the #BEACTIVE week, a week that intended to celebrate the European week of sport at ESECS. The workshop focused

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