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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Game to assist in chronic pain treatment

Marlene Rosa, researcher at ciTechCare and lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, was interviewed in late April about her latest work on developing an analogue game to help treating chronic pain in the geriatric population. This work is being carried out in collaboration with the Universidade Católica de Pelotas – UCPel Catholic University of Pelotas, represented by the coordinating team of the Center for Extension in Attention to the Elderly of the Catholic University of Pelotas (CETRES / UCPel, Brazil).Marlene and Ricardo Pocinho (lecturer at the School of Education and Social Sciences, ESECS – IPLeiria) highlight:

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Body image, well-being and motivation in dance practitioners

The 1st International Congress of the CIEQV took place online on February 18-19. The researcher of ciTechCare Roberta Frontini was involved in two presentations about research coordinated by the researcher Raul Antunes.The oral communication entitled “Body image and well-being in dance practitioners: An exploratory study” aimed to analyze the perception of body image and subjective well-being (positive and negative affect and satisfaction with life) in dance practitioners, including a comparison between teenagers and adults.The second work “Relationship between body image and motivation in dancers” was presented in a poster format. This study aimed to analyze the relationship between the way

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Participation in the “Jornadas de Avaliação e Prescrição em Exercício para a Saúde” – ESECS, Polytechnic of Leiria

In 25th and 26th of October 2019, three researchers from ciTechCare participated in the Jornadas de Avaliação e Prescrição em Exercício para a Saúde – an event organized by the School of Education and Social Sciences (ESECS) of the Polytechnic of Leiria. Maria Guarino chaired the first panel of oral communications, where Joana Cruz presented the project “OnTRACK – On Time to Rethink ACtivity Knowledge: a personalized mHealth coaching platform to tackle physical inactivity in COPD” and Rui Fonseca-Pinto presented the project “MOVIDA – Physical activity monitoring platform”.

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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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