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AIM To assess in a subset of a nationally representative sample of Portuguese adolescents, the validity of Body Mass Index (BMI) based on self-reported weight and height. METHODS This study included 462 students in grades 6, 8 and 10 (mean age 14.0 +/- 1.9 years) from 12 public schools randomly selected from the list of schools which took part in the 2006(More)
Methionine adenosyltransferase deficiency (MAT I/III deficiency) is an inborn error of metabolism resulting in isolated hypermethioninemia, and usually inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, although a dominant form has been reported in several families.During the last 6 years, approximately 520,000 newborns were screened in the Portuguese Newborn(More)
In order to determine the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MS) in a Portuguese pediatric overweight population according to three different sets of criteria, 237 overweight and obese adolescents were evaluated at engagement in a specific multidisciplinary program. Two of the used definitions were based on the National Cholesterol Education Program (ATPIII)(More)
PURPOSE To select and propose a set of knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential for the care of adolescents; to encourage the development of adolescent health multidisciplinary networks; and to set up training programs in as many European countries as possible. METHODS The curriculum was developed by 16 physicians from 11 European countries with various(More)
UNLABELLED Adolescent obesity is a major health problem. The need for effective adolescent weight management programs is of high clinical and public health relevance. This study evaluates the effectiveness of an e-therapeutic platform (Next.Step), aiming to promote weight management skills and the adoption of health-promoting lifestyles. This nonrandomized(More)
INTRODUCTION The Portuguese Neonatal Screening Programme (PNSP) was started in 1979 for phenylketonuria (2,590,700 newborns screened; prevalence 1:11,031) and, shortly after, for congenital hypothyroidism (2,558,455 newborns screened; prevalence 1:3,174). In 2004, expanded neonatal screening was implemented in the National Laboratory. The programme is not(More)
AIM To examine correlates of unhealthy weight-control behaviours (UNWCB), and to explore possible associated variables. METHODS Sample included 3762, 8th and 10th grade public school Portuguese students who participated in the 2002 Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC)/World Health Organization (WHO) survey of adolescent health. Factor analysis(More)
BACKGROUND Adolescent obesity epidemic is one of the major health priorities as it tracks into adult life. There is widespread need for new creative strategies and lifestyle programs. This study was designed to investigate the possible impact of including peers on the weight management program and assess the long-run adherence to behaviour change, with a(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the prevalence of health risk behaviors and identify risk and protective factors that are associated with several health risk behaviors (cigarette smoking, drug use, onset of sexual intercourse before age 15, pregnancy, gun-carrying, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts) among adolescents in Brazil, as well as to explore gender(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify familial factors associated with extreme weight control among adolescents. METHOD Analysis of a comprehensive 1996 health survey of Connecticut students. Familial factors among extreme dieters who deliberately vomited, took diet pills, laxatives, or diuretics were compared with youth reporting none of these behaviors, using logistic(More)