Elisabete Alves

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To estimate the pre-pregnancy prevalence of overweight/obesity, smoking, hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus, in women who delivered a live born. In a birth cohort study, puerperae were consecutively recruited at five public maternities of Porto, Portugal (2005–2006). We included 7,381 women with complete data for the current analysis.(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the yield of medical record review to recover missing data originally collected by questionnaire, to analyze the agreement between these two data sources and to determine interobserver variability in clinical record review. METHODS We analyzed data from a birth cohort of 8,127 women who were consecutively recruited after giving birth(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess awareness of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and to identify the reasons surrounding its use and non-use by familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy (FAP) carriers. METHOD Between January and May 2013, a self-administered questionnaire was applied to a representative sample of Portuguese FAP carriers, aged between 18 and 55 years(More)
INTRODUCTION Pregnancy affords opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention. We worked with a population-based cohort of women who gave birth in Portugal to quantify the proportion of women who quit smoking during pregnancy, the proportion of these women who continued to abstain 4 years after delivery, and the determinants of these outcomes. (More)
OBJECTIVE To synthesise what is known about the parents' views on factors that help or hinder breast milk supply during their infants' hospitalisation in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). METHODS A systematic search of PubMed, ISI WoK, PsycINFO and SciELO, targeting studies presenting original empirical data that examined parents' perspectives(More)
AIMS We reviewed the long-term survival, autonomy, and quality of life (QoL) of elderly patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR). METHODS Records of patients ≥75 years old that underwent AVR from 2002 to 2006 were retrospectively analyzed. Functional status was classified with Barthel Index (BI). QoL was presumed as the self-perception of(More)
BACKGROUND Body image satisfaction (BIS) influences body weight regulation and may contribute to long-term healthier lifestyle after pregnancy. Thus, we aimed to assess the association between BIS before pregnancy and body mass index (BMI) 4 years after the index pregnancy. METHODS As part of the follow-up of a birth cohort, 3612 women with prepregnancy(More)
INTRODUCTION There is a strong focus on the translation of scientific knowledge into evidence-based practice when dealing with very preterm births. The aim is to standardise and rationalise healthcare. The incorporation of parents' perspectives with respect to the organisation of care and technical interventions in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) is(More)
Cryptococcus neoformans is an environmental encapsulated yeast that behaves as an opportunistic pathogen in immunocompromised individuals. The capsule is the main virulence factor of this pathogen. This structure is highly dynamic, and it can change its size and structure according to the environmental conditions. During infection, C. neoformans(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study is to estimate the prevalence of smoking, low fruit and vegetable intake, sedentariness, overweight/obesity, abdominal obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus in mothers of a Portuguese birth cohort, 4 years after delivery. METHODS A birth cohort was assembled at public maternities of Porto (2005-2006).(More)