Ana Vasconcelos

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This paper describes the analysis and design of a tablet-based gaming platform for seniors that promotes their quality-of-life and well-being by incorporating cognitive training mechanisms. A literature review of age-related changes and games for seniors indicated 'casual games' have the characteristics necessary to provide an enjoyable user experience for(More)
BACKGROUND Interpretation of troponin results in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and renal disease is confused by the fact that renal dysfunction increases troponin levels, regardless of myocardial necrosis. Although it has been demonstrated that end-stage renal disease is associated with elevated cardiac troponin T (cTnT) levels, it is not(More)
This paper describes the design and development of a tablet-based gaming platform targeting the senior population, aiming at improving their overall wellbeing by stimulating their cognitive capabilities and promoting social interaction between players. To achieve these goals, we started by performing a study of the specific characteristics of the senior(More)
All over the world there are millions of people who are living with long-term motor impairments caused by a stroke or any other kind of corticospinal tract injuries. The physical rehabilitation of these patients is usually slow and demotivating. In this paper we introduce Kinteract, a novel solution that applies the paradigm of using motion-based games in(More)
This paper presents usability tests results with real users during the prototype development phase of two applications for seniors care, AALFred and SmartCompanion. To this aim, usability testing was performed considering a Living Lab approach. Seniors were invited to use the applications in an environment that simulates the one they would use the tested(More)
In the present study, production of antagonistic substances by Lactobacillus murinus against enteropathogenic bacteria was evaluated in vivo as well as a possible protective effect against an oral challenge with Salmonella Typhimurium using a gnotobiotic animal model. A higher mean survival time (P < 0.05) was observed in L. murinusassociated animals (7.89(More)
Falls are dangerous, and unfortunately common for older adults. Dance! Don’t Fall is a game that assesses the quality of the user’s locomotion based on data from the accelerometer of a smartphone. By providing a form of exercise, the game may actually reduce fall risk as well as monitoring it. In this paper, we document the development of the prototype and(More)