José Torres da Costa

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The authors describe the case of a 28-year-old woman, with a history of recurrent bacterial infections since childhood and multiple hospitalizations for pneumonia, with important pulmonary sequelae, including bronchiectasis which warranted the need to perform a left lobectomy and lingulectomia at age 13. After diagnostic work up, the diagnosis of(More)
Many workers in the textile industry have respiratory symptoms that are related to their work environment. In this study we observed the dust level conditions of eleven textile industries of the North of Portugal. The dust levels determined were between 0.1 mg/m3 and 1.25 mg/m3, in many cases above the Portuguese standard levels of exposure (VLE). For these(More)
Previous studies of psychosocial work factors have indicated their importance for workers' health. However, to what extent health problems can be attributed to the nature of the work environment or other psychosocial factors is not clear. No previous systematic review has used inclusion criteria based on specific medical evaluation of work-related health(More)
Inhalation of ultrasonically nebulized distilled water was used to evaluate non-specific bronchial reactivity and to investigate nonimmunologically mediated asthma. Release of histamine and other mediators from mast cells and stimulation of lung irritant receptors are mechanisms that may be involved in nebulized distilled water-induced bronchoconstriction.(More)
The author reviews the pathophysiology of angina pectoris. The first part concerns to the regulation of coronary blood flow: 1. Determinants of myocardial oxygen consumption (preload, afterload,contractility, heart rate); 2. Factors that control the myocardial oxygen supply (perfusion pressure, coronary vascular resistance). The second part concerns the(More)
BACKGROUND Psychosocial risks are now widely recognised as one of the biggest challenges for occupational safety and health (OSH) and a major public health concern. The aim of this paper is to investigate the Portuguese long version of the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire II (COPSOQ II), in order to analyse the psychometric properties of the instrument(More)
BACKGROUND Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the most common work-related diseases. Frequently this association is thought to have a temporal cause-effect relation. The absence of accessible diagnostic criteria and ethological cause-effect demonstration are probably important reasons for the lack of good evidence data on these pathologies. OBJECTIVE(More)