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Luís Filipe Azevedo, Rute Sampaio, Cláudia Camila Dias, José Romão, Laurinda Lemos, Luís Agualusa, Sílvia Vaz-Serra, Teresa Patto, Altamiro Costa-Pereira, José Manuel Castro-Lopes
BACKGROUND: We aimed to perform the translation, cultural adaptation, and validation of the Pain Beliefs and Perceptions Inventory (PBPI) for the European Portuguese language and chronic pain population. METHODS: This is a longitudinal multicenter validation study. A Portuguese version of the PBPI (PBPI-P) was created through a process of translation, back-translation, and expert panel evaluation. The PBPI-P was administered to a total of 122 patients from 13 chronic pain clinics in Portugal, at baseline and after 7 days...
October 22, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
J Teixeira, J R Mesquita, S S Pereira, R M S Oliveira, J Abreu-Silva, A Rodrigues, M Myrmel, K Stene-Johansen, J Øverbø, G Gonçalves, M S J Nascimento
The concept of zoonotic hepatitis E in industrialized countries has emerged with the discovery of swine strains of hepatitis E virus (HEV) genotype 3, closely related to human HEV. Different routes of zoonotic HEV transmission have been recognized, including contact with infected pigs. Workers occupationally exposed to swine (WOES) have been considered a risk group for HEV infection, but contradictory results have been reported. In the present study, we searched for anti-HEV IgG in WOES (butchers, slaughterhouse workers, veterinarians and pig farmers; n = 114) and in the general population (n = 804) in order to investigate the potential occupational risk of zoonotic HEV infection in this work group...
October 21, 2016: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Iacopo Bertocci, Francisco Arenas, Eva Cacabelos, Gustavo M Martins, Maria I Seabra, Nuno V Álvaro, Joana N Fernandes, Raquel Gaião, Nuno Mamede, Martina Mulas, Ana I Neto
Differences in the structure and functioning of intensively urbanized vs. less human-affected systems are reported, but such evidence is available for a much larger extent in terrestrial than in marine systems. We examined the hypotheses that (i) urbanization was associated to different patterns of variation of intertidal assemblages between urban and extra-urban environments; (ii) such patterns were consistent across mainland and insular systems, spatial scales from 10scm to 100skm, and a three months period...
October 18, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Sílvia S Monteiro, Andreia T Pereira, Élia Costa, Jordi Torres, Isabel Oliveira, Jorge Bastos-Santos, Helder Araújo, Marisa Ferreira, José Vingada, Catarina Eira
The common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) is one of the most abundant species in Atlantic Iberia, representing a potentially important tool to assess the bioaccumulation of trace elements in the Iberian marine ecosystem. Nine elements (As, Cd, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Pb, Se and Zn) were evaluated in 36 dolphins stranded in continental Portugal. Dolphins had increasing Hg concentrations (16.72μg·g(-1) ww, liver) compared with previous studies in Atlantic Iberia, whereas Cd concentrations (2.26μg·g(-1) ww, kidney) fell within reported ranges...
October 19, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Rui Seixas, Tânia Raquel Santos, Jorge Machado, Luís Tavares, Fernando Bernardo, Teresa Semedo-Lemsaddek, Manuela Oliveira
The increase in prevalence of Salmonella 1,4,[5],12:i:- related infections over the last few years has been considered a public health issue in many European countries, especially as this serovar may be associated with tetraresistance to ampicillin, streptomycin, sulfonamides, and tetracyclines (R-type ASSuT). Salmonella 1,4,[5],12:i:- isolates (n = 187) obtained by the Portuguese National Laboratory from different sources, including human clinical cases (n = 170), veterinary (n = 10), environmental (n = 6), and food samples (n = 1), were collected from 15 districts between 2006 and 2011...
October 21, 2016: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
Sytske Anne Bergstra, Pedro M M C Machado, Rosaline van den Berg, Robert B M Landewé, Tom W J Huizinga
OBJECTIVES: Ten years ago, the METEOR tool was developed to simulate treatment-to-target and create an international research database. The development of the METEOR tool and database, research opportunities and future perspectives are described. METHODS: The METEOR tool is a free, online, internationally available tool in which daily practice visits of all rheumatoid arthritis patients visiting a rheumatologist can be registered. In the tool, disease characteristics, patient- and physician-reported outcomes and prescribed treatment could be entered...
September 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
J L Carneiro, I M Caldas, A Afonso, H F V Cardoso
INTRODUCTION: The impact of socioeconomic status (SES) on tooth mineralization has seldom been evaluated. This is important because SES can be used as a proxy for quantifying factors in the environmental that can impact mineralization but that can be difficult to measure directly, such as nutrition. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the effects of SES on third molar mineralization, using a sample of children, adolescents and young adults from Porto, Portugal...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
C Y Henderson, C Padez
BACKGROUND: Identifying the onset of puberty in skeletal remains can provide evidence of social changes associated with the onset of adulthood. AIM: This paper presents the first test of a skeletal method for identifying stages of development associated with the onset of puberty in a skeletal sample of known age and cause of death. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Skeletal methods for assessing skeletal development associated with changes associated with puberty were recorded in the identified skeletal collection in Coimbra, Portugal...
October 19, 2016: Annals of Human Biology
Fábio Azevedo Araújo, Milton Severo, Nuno Alegrete, Laura D Howe, Raquel Lucas
BACKGROUND: Sagittal postural patterns are associated with back pain in adolescents and adults. However, it is unknown if postural patterns are already observable during childhood. This would confirm childhood as a key period for posture differentiation and thus for chronic pain etiology. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify and describe postural patterns in school-aged girls and boys. DESIGN: This was a cross-sectional study. METHODS: Eligible children were evaluated at age 7 in the population-based birth cohort Generation XXI, Portugal...
October 6, 2016: Physical Therapy
Marios K Georgakis, Maria A Karalexi, Domenic Agius, Luis Antunes, Joana Bastos, Daniela Coza, Anna Demetriou, Nadya Dimitrova, Sultan Eser, Margareta Florea, Anton Ryzhov, Mario Sekerija, Tina Žagar, Anna Zborovskaya, Snezana Zivkovic, Evdoxia Bouka, Prodromos Kanavidis, Helen Dana, Emmanuel Hatzipantelis, Maria Kourti, Maria Moschovi, Sophia Polychronopoulou, Eftichia Stiakaki, Μaria Kantzanou, Apostolos Pourtsidis, Eleni Th Petridou
PURPOSE: To describe epidemiologic patterns of childhood (0-14 years) lymphomas in the Southern and Eastern European (SEE) region in comparison with the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER), USA, and explore tentative discrepancies. METHODS: Childhood lymphomas were retrieved from 14 SEE registries (n = 4,702) and SEER (n = 4,416), diagnosed during 1990-2014; incidence rates were estimated and time trends were evaluated. RESULTS: Overall age-adjusted incidence rate was higher in SEE (16...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
Andréa Marques, Ana M Rodrigues, José Carlos Romeu, Afonso Ruano, Ana Paula Barbosa, Eugénia Simões, Fernanda Águas, Helena Canhão, José Delgado Alves, Raquel Lucas, Jaime Cunha Branco, Jorge Laíns, Mário Mascarenhas, Susete Simões, Viviana Tavares, Oscar Lourenço, José António Pereira da Silva
OBJECTIVE: To establish Portuguese recommendations regarding the indication to perform DXA and to initiate medication aimed at the prevention of fragility fractures. METHODS: A multidisciplinary panel, representing the full spectrum of medical specialties and patient associations devoted to osteoporosis, as well as national experts in this field and in health economics, was gathered to developed recommendations based on available evidence and expert consensus. Recently obtained data on the Portuguese epidemiologic, economic and quality-of-life aspects of fragility fractures were used to support decisions...
October 18, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Liesbeth De Donder, Gert Lang, José Ferreira-Alves, Bridget Penhale, Ilona Tamutiene, Minna-Liisa Luoma
This article examines the ecological risk factors of abuse against older women. Data from 2,880 older women were randomly collected in five European countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Lithuania, and Portugal) using a standardized questionnaire. Results indicate that overall 30.1 % older women had at least one experience of abuse in the past year. The findings demonstrate that a single emphasis on personal risk factors (e.g., health, coping) is important but too simple: Abuse is multifaceted and is embedded in environmental (e...
2016: Journal of Women & Aging
Maria Campos, C Batista, N R Jesus, C M Silva, T P Silva
Cardiovascular patients frequently use herbal medicinal products, in order to contribute to the improvement of their chronic condition without medical intervention. However, they are likely to suffer from adverse effects from natural products and herb-drug interactions. This work aimed to alert cardiovascular patients and healthcare providers of the potential of occurrence of herb-drug interactions with cardiovascular therapy. Information obtained from the campaign "Aprender Saúde Entre as Plantas e os Medicamentos", carried out by the Observatory of Herb-Drug Interactions (www...
October 7, 2016: Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
J Martins, F Almada, A Gonçalves, P Duarte-Coelho, P E Jorge
The ability to be faithful to a particular area or site was analysed in the shanny Lipophrys pholis. Using passive integrated transponders, adults from a population of L. pholis at Cabo Raso, Portugal, were followed over a period of 3 years. The findings showed that site fidelity is a consistent behaviour during the breeding season with specific breeding males being found only in particular sectors within the area, and in specific nests throughout the years. The fact that, in general, L. pholis individuals were absent from the study area during the non-breeding season and breeding males were recorded returning to the same nests and sectors for consecutive breeding seasons suggests that they have developed excellent homing abilities...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
V Santos, A V Cardoso, C Lopes, P Azevedo, F Gamboa, A Amorim
: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common autosomal recessive disease in Caucasians. Although most cases are diagnosed in childhood, diagnosis in adults is apparently increasing. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the adult population with CF, comparing patients who were diagnosed before and after 18 years of age. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of patients followed in three main medical centres in Portugal in 2012. Comparison of two groups: G1 - patients diagnosed at <18 years and G2 - patients diagnosed at ≥18 years...
October 13, 2016: Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia
S Marques, R Carmo, I Ferreira, M Bustorff, S Sampaio, M Pestana
BACKGROUND: In solid organ transplant patients, 8% of invasive fungal infections are attributed to Cryptococcus. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency, risk factors, clinical characteristics, and outcome of kidney transplant recipients (TR) infected with Cryptococcus. CASE SERIES: Between 2007 and 2014, a total of 500 kidney transplantations were performed at São João Hospital, in Porto, Portugal. Six infections by C. neoformans were reported, an incidence of 1...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Audrey McKinlay, Mark Linden, Roberta DePompei, Catherine Aaro Jonsson, Vicki Anderson, Lucia Braga, Enrico Castelli, Peter de Koning, Carol A Hawley, Eric Hermans, Ingela Kristiansen, Alison Madden, Peter Rumney, Ron Savage, Beth Wicks
BACKGROUND: Providing appropriate rehabilitation services for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in childhood presents a number of challenges for caregivers, health and education professionals and the young person as they develop. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: To record the challenges and possible creative solutions generated by an international group of professionals to address the needs of children with ABI. Review of information: Recommendations were generated from children's special interest group meetings of the International Brain Injury Association (Turin, Italy, 2001; Stockholm, Sweden, 2003; Melbourne, Australia, 2005; Lisbon, Portugal, 2008) and through meetings of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS), formed in 2009...
October 14, 2016: Brain Injury: [BI]
Katherine E Weisensee, Richard L Jantz
This research examines the pattern of secular change in the cranial morphology of two populations experiencing the epidemiological transition associated with decreased mortality rates in children, followed by declines in infant mortality and subsequent increases in adult longevity. The two samples examined in this study come from US and Portuguese individuals. The epidemiological transition occurred at different times in the United States and Portugal, with Portugal entering into the transition later than the United States...
January 2016: Human Biology
Sara Iacoponi, Ignacio Zapardiel
AIMS: Vulvar cancer is a rare disease. In western European countries, the incidence is 1.2 cases per 100,000 women/year. The aim of this study was to analyze the management and disease-free survival (DFS) of vulvar cancer among European countries. METHODS: An international multicenter retrospective study including patients diagnosed of squamous cell vulvar cancer was performed. Countries analyzed included Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Turkey...
October 14, 2016: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
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