Alexandre Archanjo Ferraro

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Renal replacement therapies may affect the quality of life of patients and their primary caregivers (PC). This study describes the perception of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of children/adolescents with CKD stages 4–5, as well as of their PC (n = 64), in comparison to healthy peers and their PC (n = 129), respectively, based on the Peds QL™ 4.0(More)
BACKGROUND Worldwide strategies have been conducted in order to guarantee longer periods of exclusive breastfeeding for most children, especially those from developing countries. The evaluation of infant feeding practices and the identification of weaning risk factors are essential for public health policy planning. METHODS This cross-sectional study was(More)
BACKGROUND The Maternal-Child Pastoral is a volunteer-based community organization of the Dominican Republic that works with families to improve child survival and development. A program that promotes key practices of maternal and child care through meetings with pregnant women and home visits to promote child growth and development was designed and(More)
BACKGROUND Air pollution is associated with a substantial burden on human health; however, the most important pollutants may vary with location. Proper monitoring is necessary to determine the effect of these pollutants on respiratory health. OBJECTIVES This study was designed to evaluate the role of outdoor, indoor and personal exposure to(More)
The interest in quality of life (QoL) studies has increased as they are useful instruments to evaluate and compare medical care delivery and the impact of health interventions. The perception of QoL differs among individuals. Its characterization is especially difficult in the pediatric age group as each developmental stage presents specific demands. The(More)
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE Viral hepatitis A is still a concern at public health level in Brazil and around the world, due both to the number of affected subjects and the possibility of complications in the acute forms. The Brazilian Ministry of Health estimates that at least 70% of this country's population has already had contact with the hepatitis A virus(More)
The DOHaD research field has successfully associated adult non-communicable diseases with inadequate nutrition in early periods of life. More recently, different types of exposure have been linked with impaired developmental outcomes and later health consequences, such as cesarean section at delivery, air pollution and domestic violence during pregnancy.(More)
Many studies in different settings and times provided us with enough evidence of the association between environmental exposures (mainly nutrition) during pregnancy/infancy and later health outcomes, such as adult non-communicable diseases (NCDs). An individual with a given susceptibility will continue to experience new environmental challenges (e.g.(More)