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

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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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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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‘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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Maria Guarino presenting

CBmeter presented at Expo Dubai

The CBMETER project was presented on December 14th at Expo Dubai, by Maria Guarino, researcher and coordinator of ciTechCare. This presentation was held at the Seminar “Studying and Researching in Portugal”, which took place in the Portuguese Pavilion at Expo Dubai, promoted by CRUP — Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities and CCISP — Coordinating Council of Polytechnic Institutes.Cristina Perdigão, director of the Erasmus National Agency, provided positive feedback of the event: “We wanted to be sure that we were able to have the Pavilion [of Portugal] available to present what is best done in Portugal in teaching and research,

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Exercise, (In)satisfation with body image and anxiety during lockdown

Roberta Fontini, researcher at ciTechCare, collaborated on 2 papers presented at the 9th Congress of the Scientific Society of Sport Pedagogy. The first, an oral communication entitled “Exercise dependence, (dis)satisfaction with body image and anxiety in crosstrainers during COVID19 lockdown” and the second, a poster entitled “(Dis)satisfaction with body image and anxiety in gym users during COVID19 lockdown”. The results reinforced the importance of researchers and fitness coaches being aware of signs of exercise addiction as well as the levels of anxiety of crosstrainers. Furthermore, they helped to characterize crosstrainers and gym users in terms of (dis)satisfaction with body image

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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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