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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‘Reabilitação Respiratória em Rede’, an online platform developed in a project developed by the University of Aveiro in partnership with ciTechCare

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is an evidence-based intervention for the management of patients with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases. Despite the well-established evidence of its benefits, PR is practically non-existent in Portugal. The few existing programmes have been developed in a hospital setting, with less than 1% of the ‘candidate’ patients having access to it. Therefore, the project ‘Revitalizing Pulmonary Rehabilitation’ (3R – SAICT-POL/23926/2016), of the University of Aveiro in co-promotion with the Polytechnic of Leiria, has sought to increase access and equity in the health of this population through the development of PR programmes in the community and the dissemination of

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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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Congress of the Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro

On October 9th, Pedro Machado, PhD fellow at ciTechCare, was invited to participate in the Roundtable: Rehabilitation in Survival, in the II Congress of PsychoOncology of the Liga Portuguesa contra o Cancro, with the topic “Rehabilitation and physical exercise”, where he highlighted the main benefits of physical exercise in cancer.According

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Flash-talk about CBmeter in the 2021 Jornadas of Scientific Computing

The ciTechCare’s researcher Maria Guarino will present a flash-talk intitled ” Decoding signals from oxygen sensors to diagnose…diabetes”, based on the CBmeter project, at the 2021 Jornadas de Computação Científica, in the session “Polytechnic of Leiria – Knowledge at the Service of the Society”.This session will be held on Wednesday,

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ciTechCare in the II Jornadas Gerontológicas in Leiria

ciTechCare will be represented at the III Jornadas Gerontológicas da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Leiria. The event will take place on October 19th, in Leiria, under the theme “Aging: A life with rights”.This event, which will be held for the third time, counts on overcoming the vast success of

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Education on infection prevention in 12th grade students

On August 8th, Sónia P. Gonçalves, researcher at ciTechCare, was at Liceu Pedro Nunes, in Lisbon, in an educational session on microbiology and infection prevention, for 12th grade students, promoted by Biology teachers Sara Soares and Maria Emília Carvalho.Students had the opportunity to discuss the topic, and their doubts regarding

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Body image and well-being in dance practitioners

Two ciTechCare researchers recently published the article “Body image and well-being in dance practitioners: An exploratory study” in the Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte journal.The article was part of the final graduation work of the student Beatriz Faria, under the

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