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BACKGROUND Degeneration of oocytes occurs even when maximum care is exercised during ICSI, especially when the oolemma is very fragile and/or the zona pellucida is resistant. In order to be able to minimize the risk of degeneration associated with microinjection this study applied a new method: a microhole on the zona pellucida of the oocyte was drilled by(More)
BACKGROUND There is a lack of questionnaires in Brazilian Portuguese to evaluate patient-reported lower limb function. OBJECTIVE To translate, cross-culturally adapt to the Brazilian population, and evaluate the psychometric properties of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS). METHOD The LEFS was translated by two independent assessors and(More)
The purpose of the study was to determine whether peroneal reaction time is influenced by ankle's impairment in subjects with ankle injury assessed by surface electromyography. The studies were identified by electronic research by two independent reviewers at the following databases: MEDLINE (1966-2009), EMBASE (1980-2009), LILACS (1982-2009), CINAHL(More)
OBJECTIVE To perform a systematic review with meta-analyses that evaluates the effectiveness of the Pilates method on the pain and functionality outcome in adults with non-specific chronic low back pain. DATA SOURCES The search was performed in the following databases: Medline, Embase, AMED, Cinahl, Lilacs, Scielo, SportDiscus, ProQuest, Web of Science,(More)
OBJECTIVE Balneotherapy (or spa therapy, mineral baths) for patients with arthritis is one of the oldest forms of therapy. We assessed effectiveness of balneotherapy for patients with osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS We performed a broad search strategy to retrieve eligible studies, selecting randomized controlled trials comparing balneotherapy with any(More)
BACKGROUND Balneotherapy (or spa therapy, mineral baths) for patients with arthritis is one of the oldest forms of therapy. One of the aims of balneotherapy is to soothe the pain and as a consequence to relieve patients' suffering and make them feel well. In this update we included one extra study. OBJECTIVES To assess the effectiveness of balneotherapy(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a novel procedure, based on the perceived exertion threshold (PET) concept, involving non-exhaustive tests (PET14-17) to estimate critical power (CP), as well as to examine the reproducibility of these indices. Twenty young men performed 2 trials (Trial 1 and Trial 2) of 4 exhaustive predictive tests to estimate CP,(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine back muscle activity during 3 traditional mat Pilates exercises. METHODS Eleven healthy female volunteers, aged between 18 and 30 years, participated in this cross-sectional study. Surface electromyography (sEMG) of lumbar extensor muscles was recorded simultaneously with kinematics data to identify the(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is linked to high blood pressure (HBP) in childhood. However, the role of fat as a predictor of HBP in adolescents remains unknown. OBJECTIVE To investigate the association between general and abdominal obesity with HBP and to identify the sensitivity and specificity of these indicators to detect HBP in adolescents. METHODS The sample(More)
UNLABELLED The effectiveness of facial exercises therapy for facial palsy has been debated in systematic reviews but its effects are still not totally explained. OBJECTIVE To perform a systematic review with meta-analysis to evaluate the effects of facial exercise therapy for facial palsy. DATA SOURCES A search was performed in the following databases:(More)