Armèle Dornelas de Andrade

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Excess body fat, particularly in the abdominal region, is responsible for respiratory system alterations. To study if and how both lung function and thoraco-abdominal volume variations during quiet breathing are altered in obese women and to determine if different obesity patterns in women have an influence on lung and chest wall function, 30 obese women(More)
BACKGROUND The maximum static respiratory pressures, namely the maximum inspiratory pressure (MIP) and maximum expiratory pressure (MEP), reflect the strength of the respiratory muscles. These measures are simple, non-invasive, and have established diagnostic and prognostic value. This study is the first to examine the maximum respiratory pressures within(More)
Objective: To determine the cut-off points for FEV1, FEV0.75, FEV0.5, and FEF25-75% bronchodilator responses in healthy preschool children and to generate reference values for FEV0.75. Methods: This was a cross-sectional community-based study involving children 3-5 years of age. Healthy preschool children were selected by a standardized questionnaire.(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze in obese women the acute effects of the breath stacking technique on thoraco-abdominal expansion. DESIGN AND METHODS Nineteen obese women (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m(2)) were evaluated by anthropometry, spirometry and maximal respiratory muscle pressures and successively analyzed by Opto-Electronic Plethysmography and a Wright respirometer during(More)
This study analyzed regional pulmonary ventilation and electromyographic (EMG) activity of the respiratory muscles during an inspiratory muscle endurance (IME) test in 10 young women. Radioaerosol (99mTc-DTPA) was generated using a jet nebulizer connected to a linear inspiratory loading system. The lung scintigraphic analysis showed an increase in the(More)
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