Janice Luisa Lukrafka

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BACKGROUND The epidemiology of asthma has been investigated with questionnaires, such as the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood protocol. AIM To investigate the performance of the questions of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood questionnaire to diagnose asthma in adolescents. METHODS This is a(More)
Congenital heart disease promotes hemodynamic changes that can contribute to reduce exercise capacity. The aim of the study was to evaluate the exercise capacity of children and adolescents with cyanotic congenital heart disease and to assess respiratory muscle strength, plasma levels of B-type natriuretic peptide and ventricular ejection fraction, as well(More)
BACKGROUND Malnutrition might be expected to result in reduced maximum respiratory pressure and pulmonary function in cystic fibrosis (CF). OBJECTIVE To assess the relationship between nutritional status and maximum respiratory pressures in patients with CF. METHODS We performed a prospective cross-sectional study of patients > or = 16 y old attending(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the submaximal exercise capacity of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) by means of the 6-minute walk test (6MWT), correlating the results with clinical score, nutritional status, radiographic score, and pulmonary function tests. METHODS This was a prospective, cross-sectional study involving patients aged 16 or older enrolled in a(More)
Electroacupuncture (EA) has been used to treat many diseases, including heart failure (HF). This study aimed to evaluate the effects of chronic stimulation in the ST36 acupuncture point on haemodynamic parameters and baroreflex function in rats with HF. Cardiovascular parameters assessed were heart rate (HR), blood pressure (BP), and the reflex(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the profile and the scientific output of physical therapists researchers holding a research productivity fellowship (PQ) from the Brazilian National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico-CNPq). METHOD This is a cross-sectional study, which has evaluated the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess factors associated with failure in ventilatory weaning of children undergone surgical correction of congenital heart diseases. METHODS Cohort study with 29 children. The heart diseases were divided into cyanotic (nine children) and acyanotic (20 children). We studied children from 0 to 5 years who underwent heart surgery with invasive(More)
OBJECTIVES The six-minute walk test has been widely used to evaluate functional capacity and predict mortality in several populations. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of the six-minute walk test for the life expectancy of end-stage renal disease patients. METHODS Patients over 18 years old who underwent hemodialysis for at(More)
BACKGROUND Chest physiotherapy has been used to treat children hospitalised with pneumonia with no clear scientific evidence to support a beneficial effect. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the efficacy of chest physiotherapy as an adjuvant treatment in children hospitalised with acute community-acquired pneumonia. METHODS Children (aged(More)
Emerging Infectious Diseases • www.cdc.gov/eid • Vol. 13, No. 6, June 2007 955 risk for fungal infection related to low doses of steroids is minimal. Active surveillance, as well as analysis of associated risk factors, is required to detect concurrence of severe opportunistic infections in patients treated with TNF antagonists and to identify patients who(More)