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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444060/-personal-and-social-factors-that-influence-subjective-well-being-socioeconomic-differences
#1
Tania Gaspar, Leonor Balancho
The main objective is to study the relation and impact of Socioeconomic Status (SES) on the subjective well-being in children and adolescents and the role of social and personal factors in this relation. Data was collected in 16 schools; 8 in the North and 8 in the Lisbon Region of Portugal. The questionnaires were filled out by 1,181 youths, 51.5% of which were female. Ages ranged between 8 and 17, the girl's average age being 9.8 years (SD = 1.32) and the boy's average age being 10.0 (SD = 1.53); 2.6% of young people had special educational needs, and 3% did not use the Portuguese language at home; 12...
April 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442200/next-generation-sequencing-and-culture-based-techniques-offer-complementary-insights-into-fungi-and-prokaryotes-in-beach-sands
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Daniela Romão, Christopher Staley, Filipa Ferreira, Raquel Rodrigues, Raquel Sabino, Cristina Veríssimo, Ping Wang, Michael Sadowsky, João Brandão
A next-generation sequencing (NGS) approach, in conjunction with culture-based methods, was used to examine fungal and prokaryotic communities for the presence of potential pathogens in beach sands throughout Portugal. Culture-based fungal enumeration revealed low and variable concentrations of the species targeted (yeasts and dermatophytes), which were underrepresented in the community characterized by NGS targeting the ITS1 region. Conversely, NGS indicated that the potentially pathogenic species Purpureocillium liliacinum comprised nearly the entire fungal community...
April 23, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437762/public-attitudes-toward-depression-and-help-seeking-impact-of-the-ospi-europe-depression-awareness-campaign-in-four-european-regions
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Elisabeth Kohls, Evelien Coppens, Juliane Hug, Eline Wittevrongel, Chantal Van Audenhove, Nicole Koburger, Ella Arensman, András Székely, Ricardo Gusmão, Ulrich Hegerl
BACKGROUND: Public attitudes toward depression and help-seeking behaviour are important factors influencing depressed people to obtain professional help and adequate treatment. OSPI-Europe is a multi-level suicide prevention programme including a public awareness campaign. It was implemented in four regions of four European countries (Germany, Hungary, Ireland and Portugal). This paper reports the results of the evaluation of the campaign, including its visibility and effects of the campaign on stigma associated with depression and help-seeking behaviour...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433926/discredited-legacy-stigma-and-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-in-northwestern-portugal
#4
Álvaro Mendes, Liliana Sousa, Jorge Sequeiros, Angus Clarke
RATIONALE: Genetic inherited conditions may result in feelings of stigmatisation, mainly because of visible physical appearance and its transmissibility to offspring. OBJECTIVE: This article reports accounts of stigmatisation from Portuguese patients affected by the inherited neurodegenerative disease, familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), living in the largest cluster of patients worldwide. METHOD: We draw on semi-structured interviews conducted with individuals at-risk or affected by FAP, recruited through the national patients' association, about their experiences of stigmatisation related to the illness...
April 15, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433325/the-role-of-private-non-profit-healthcare-organizations-in-nhs-systems-implications-for-the-portuguese-hospital-devolution-program
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REVIEW
Álvaro S Almeida
The national health services (NHS) of England, Portugal, Finland and other single-payer universalist systems financed by general taxation, are based on the theoretical principle of an integrated public sector payer-provider. However, in practice one can find different forms of participation of non-public healthcare providers in those NHS, including private for profit providers, but also third sector non-profit organizations (NPO). This paper reviews the role of non-public non-profit healthcare organizations in NHS systems...
April 1, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432932/surveillance-of-vittaforma-corneae-in-hot-springs-by-a-small-volume-procedure
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Jung-Sheng Chen, Tsui-Kang Hsu, Bing-Mu Hsu, Tung-Yi Huang, Yu-Li Huang, Men-Fang Shaio, Dar-Der Ji
Vittaforma corneae is an obligate intracellular fungus and can cause human ocular microsporidiosis. Although accumulating reports of V. corneae causing keratoconjunctivitis in both healthy and immunocompromised persons have been published, little is known about the organism's occurrence in aquatic environments. Limitations in detection sensitivity have meant a large sampling volume is required to detect the pathogen up to now, which is problematic. A recent study in Taiwan has shown that some individuals suffering from microsporidial keratitis (MK) were infected after exposure to the pathogen at a hot spring...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431318/assessing-seasonal-variation-of-synthetic-musks-in-beach-sands-from-oporto-coastal-area-a-case-study
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Vera Homem, Inês Magalhães, Arminda Alves, Lúcia Santos
Synthetic musk compounds are widely used in the formulation of several cosmetics, personal care and household products. Due to their massive and widespread use, together with some health concerns, they are considered emerging pollutants and have been detected in different environmental compartments. This study focused on the evaluation of the concentration of synthetic musks (five nitro, five polycyclic and one macrocyclic musks) in beach sands, from Oporto coastal area (Portugal), contributing to the enhancement of the knowledge of levels, trends and behaviour of these compounds in this particular matrix...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425888/-satisfa%C3%A3-%C3%A3-o-com-o-internato-m%C3%A3-dico-em-portugal
#8
Miguel Bigotte Vieira, Pedro Godinho, Nuno Gaibino, Raquel Dias, Agostinho Sousa, Inês Madanelo, Francisco Ribeiro-Mourão, Mariana Brandão, Sónia Duarte, Tiago Meirinhos, Ana Luísa Catarino, Cláudio Espírito Santo, Ricardo Caiado, Ricardo Marques, Ana Gonçalves Ferreira, Carlos Ramalheira, João Valente Jorge, Marta Losada, Mário Santos, Edson Oliveira, João Paulo Farias, José Manuel Silva
INTRODUCTION: In the last years, the global context of medical education and Medical Residency programs in Portugal suffered substantial changes. The primary objective of this study was to evaluate and characterize medical residents ́ satisfaction with medical residency programs in Portugal and to identify features that could be improved. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We utilized as model the survey Postgraduate Hospital Educational Environment Measure that has been developed in the United Kingdom and is speci cally targeted to medical residents...
December 30, 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425885/an-objective-structured-clinical-exam-to-assess-semiology-skills-of-medical-students
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Vitor Hugo Pereira, Pedro Morgado, Mónica Gonçalves, Liliana Costa, Nuno Sousa, João José Cerqueira
INTRODUCTION: Mastery of history taking and physical exam skills is a key competence of medical students. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations are the gold standard to assess these competencies, but their implementation in Portugal is poorly documented. We describe the implementation and our seven years experience with a high-stakes Objective Structured Clinical Examination to assess these skills in the School of Medicine, University of Minho. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Our Objective Structured Clinical Examination is in place since 2010 and has been subject to continuous improvements, including the adoption of a standard setting procedure and an increase in the number of stations...
December 30, 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425884/a-brief-course-on-clinical-communication-skills-a-multi-centered-study
#10
Camila Franco, Renato Franco, Milton Severo, Maria Amélia Ferreira
INTRODUCTION: This paper describes and analyses the results of a multicenter course on clinical communication skills with the use of the learning in small groups, patient actors and feedback. The aim of the course was to encourage participants to develop a more effective clinical communication to recognize the different manifestations of the same disease in different patients (disease versus illness). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The course was applied to third and fourth year medical students in three Brazilian universities and one university in Portugal...
December 30, 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425879/continuing-medical-education-in-portugal-a-new-era
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EDITORIAL
Madalena Patrício, António Vaz-Carneiro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 30, 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425878/medical-education-in-portugal
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EDITORIAL
João Carlos Ribeiro, Helena Donato, João Massano, Rui Tato Marinho
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 30, 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422337/in-vivo-validation-of-a-novel-algorithm-for-automatic-premature-ventricular-contractions-recognition
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Jedrzej Kosiuk, Guilherme Portugal, Sebastian Hilbert, Silke John, Mario Oliveira, Gerhard Hindricks, Andreas Bollmann
INTRODUCTION: Template-matching algorithms are routinely used in the catheter ablation of patients with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). However, systematic analysis of the accuracy and spatial resolution of such systems is lacking. Therefore, the aim of this evaluation was to perform a systematic in-vivo validation of performance of a novel automated template-matching algorithm. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a porcine model, paced beats simulating PVCs from different origins were investigated...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419490/european-cowpea-landraces-for-a-more-sustainable-agriculture-system-and-novel-foods
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Márcia Carvalho, Penelope J Bebeli, Graça Pereira, Isaura Castro, Catalina Egea-Gilabert, Manuela Matos, Efstathia Lazaridi, Isabel Duarte, Teresa Lino-Neto, Georgia Ntatsi, Miguel Rodrigues, Dimitrios Savvas, Eduardo Rosa, Valdemar Carnide
BACKGROUND: Genetic diversity is fundamental for breeding programs and consequently has an important role to obtain new varieties. To properly use the genetic diversity present in germplasm collections, a good knowledge of the agro-morphological traits of each accession is needed. The aim of this study was to explore the production capacity of 24 cowpea landraces from Southern Europe, through phenotypic characterization and evaluation in three different locations of Greece and Portugal...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418787/lulworthia-atlantica-a-new-species-supported-by-molecular-phylogeny-and-morphological-analysis
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Egídia Azevedo, Margarida Barata, Maria Isabel Marques, Maria Filomena Caeiro
This study presents morphological and molecular evidence for the establishment of a new species of Lulworthia based on the evaluation of 11 isolates of Lulworthiales collected in two marinas on the west coast of Portugal initially classified as Lulworthia sp. Maximum likelihood and Bayesian methods were applied to obtain phylogenetic trees for 18S-28S and internal transcribed spacer (ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 = internal transcribed spacer [ITS]) nuc rDNA. The isolates consistently grouped together in a distinct and highly supported clade; all other Lulworthiales analyzed, including the available sequences of Lulworthia spp...
March 9, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412568/first-report-on-mrsa-cc398-recovered-from-wild-boars-in-the-north-of-portugal-are-we-facing-a-problem
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Margarida Sousa, Nuno Silva, Vera Manageiro, Sónia Ramos, António Coelho, David Gonçalves, Manuela Caniça, Carmen Torres, Gilberto Igrejas, Patrícia Poeta
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the resistance of Staphylococcus aureus recovered from wild boars, to analyze their genetic lineages, and to investigate the susceptibility to oxacillin. Samples from mouth and nose of 45 wild boars (Sus scrofa) were collected during hunt activity from November 2012 to January 2013 in the North of Portugal. S. aureus isolates were recovered from 30 of these samples (33%); one isolate/sample was further studied. The susceptibility of the isolates was tested by disk-diffusion test against 14 antimicrobial agents and minimal inhibitory concentration was used to test oxacillin according to EUCAST guidelines...
April 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410715/comparison-of-astigmatic-prediction-errors-associated-with-new-calculation-methods-for-toric-intraocular-lenses
#17
Tiago B Ferreira, Paulo Ribeiro, Filomena J Ribeiro, João G O'Neill
PURPOSE: To compare the prediction errors in residual astigmatism associated with new calculation methods for toric intraocular lenses (IOLs). SETTING: Hospital da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: In eyes having cataract surgery with toric IOL implantation (Acrysof IQ), the predicted residual astigmatism by each calculation method was compared with the manifest refractive astigmatism...
March 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409419/spiritual-well-being-and-spiritual-distress-in-cancer-patients-undergoing-chemotherapy-utilizing-the-swbq-as-component-of-holistic-nursing-diagnosis
#18
Sílvia Caldeira, Fiona Timmins, Emília Campos de Carvalho, Margarida Vieira
Holistic nursing care requires attention to the spiritual dimension. This is particularly important when caring for patients with cancer. This research presents the results of the assessment of spiritual well-being using the Spiritual Well-Being Questionnaire (SWBQ) to validate the nursing diagnosis of spiritual distress. Structured interviews were conducted with 169 patients in one hospital in Portugal. We concluded that the SWBQ is a useful and reliable instrument to assess spiritual distress, which highlights the importance of listening to patients and questioning them about spiritual needs as well as the importance of differential diagnosis aimed at effective interventions...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408252/israeli-spotted-fever-in-sicily-description-of-two-cases-and-minireview
#19
REVIEW
Claudia Colomba, Marcello Trizzino, Anna Giammanco, Celestino Bonura, Danilo Di Bona, Manlio Tolomeo, Antonio Cascio
Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) is endemic in Italy where Rickettsia conorii subsp. conorii was thought to be the only pathogenic rickettsia and Rhipicephalus sanguineus the vector and main reservoir. R. conorii subsp. israelensis, which belongs to the R. conorii complex, is the agent of Israeli spotted fever (ISF); apart from Israel, it has also been found in Italy (Sicily and Sardinia) and in different regions of Portugal. We describe here two severe cases of ISF which occurred in otherwise healthy Italian adults...
April 10, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407797/association-between-length-of-residence-and-overweight-among-adult-immigrants-in-portugal-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-study
#20
Liliane Peralta da Costa, Sónia Ferreira Dias, Maria do Rosário Oliveira Martins
BACKGROUND: Despite the importance of immigrant population in Portugal few studies have analyzed the patterns of overweight/obesity in this subpopulation. The aims of this study are: (i) describe and compare the prevalence of overweight between immigrants and natives in Portugal; (ii) analyze the association between length of residence and overweight among adult immigrants in Portugal. METHODS: A cross-sectional study (2005-2006) in a representative sample of the Portuguese population from national territory, including the Autonomous Regions of Azores and Madeira...
April 13, 2017: BMC Public Health
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