Francisco do Prado

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Background. Formal education in primary care can reduce asthma exacerbations. However, there are few studies in hospitalized children, with none originating in Latin America. Methods. A prospective randomized study was designed to evaluate whether a full education with self-management plan (ESM) was more effective than an education without self-management(More)
OBJECTIVE Respiratory management of patients with end-stage respiratory muscle failure of neuromuscular disease has evolved from no treatment and inevitable respiratory failure to the use of up to continuous noninvasive intermittent positive pressure ventilatory support (CNVS) to avert respiratory failure and to permit the extubation of "unweanable"(More)
BACKGROUND Asthma is one of the chronic diseases that generate an impact on quality of life and major health care expenses. AIM To evaluate the impact of asthma on primary attention expenses, the health related quality of life (HRQOL) and the sanitary resources use. MATERIAL AND METHODS Follow up of a cohort of 56 asthmatic children aged 6 to 14 years(More)
This article presents a strategy of Component-Oriented Software Reengineering using Transformations, to rebuild legacy systems. Components are used to facilitate the reuse and maintenance of the rebuilt system. The strategy is a result of several researches Code step, the legacy code is organized, according to the Object-Oriented principles, partitioning in(More)
BACKGROUND Pediatric noninvasive ventilation (NIV) is infrequently used for acute respiratory failure (ARF), BiPAP/CPAP applied through nasal mask can be attempted if strict selection rules are defined. AIM To evaluate the outcome of NIV in a Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit. MATERIAL AND METHODS The medical records of 14 patients (age range 1 month-13(More)
Upper airway obstruction (UAO) can be a severe medical condition with a high mortality in children. We report a 10 year-old girl with UAO due to papillary thyroid carcinoma. The study confirmed a thyroid cancer. The patient was referred to our centre for the evaluation of dyspnea and hoarseness. She was admitted in severe respiratory distress. Her chest(More)
We have studied the effect of meprobamate on gastic secretion, giving 7 patients 600 mg. of the drug by mouth in a single dose and measuring in the following 2 hours, volume, free acidity, and total acidity of the gastric juice withdrawn by aspiration. Results obtained from the same patients after administration of a substance whose excitosecretory effect(More)
Componentware practice faces several problems to handle the evolutionary aspects of software. We focus on four major problems in the area and propose the use of domain-oriented generic software generators as one possible solution. Motivated by the Draco-PUC project, this proposal defines an agenda for improving the Draco-PUC component model and for making(More)
* This monograph will be also published in Spanish (full version printed; summary, abstracts, and some articles online) by Novática, journal of the Spanish CEPIS society ATI (Asociación de Técnicos de Informática) at Publisher CEPIS UPGRADE is published by CEPIS (Council of Euro-pean Professional Informatics Societies, <http://www.>), in(More)
A few reports in the medical literature suggest an association between Pneumocystis caring and apnea in small infants. This patient, a 1 month 20 days old, HIV negative, infant girl weighing 2,000 grams was admitted to hospital after presenting a severe episode of apnea with cyanosis and bradycardia. She progressively developed bronchopneumonia by P.(More)