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Although Staphylococcus aureus is a major cause of outbreaks in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), there are no studies on the epidemiology of S. aureus isolates responsible for infection in Portuguese NICUs. Between July 2005 and December 2007, a total of 54 methicillin susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) isolates were recovered from 16 infected infants,(More)
In order to evaluate the incidence of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) in Portugal, we analyzed a collection of 38 S. aureus isolates recovered from 30 children attending the pediatric emergency department of a central hospital in Lisbon due to skin and soft tissue infections. Molecular characterization identified(More)
INTRODUCTION Chlamydia pneumoniae is a pathogen usually associated with respiratory pathology. It has been estimated that this agent causes 5 to 15% of all pneumonias but its incidence among hospitalised children with respiratory infections is unknown. OBJECTIVE Characterization of the Chlamydia pneumoniae respiratory infections in hospitalised children.(More)
Living with a chronic condition (CC) in adolescence has been historically considered protective for risk behaviours. However, research from the last decade suggest that when compared with healthy peers, adolescents living with a chronic condition can engage in risky behaviours in a similar if not higher rate than their counterparts living with out a CC.(More)
Testicular microlithiasis is a rare entity, usually asymptomatic and bilateral. There are however reports that until 40% of the cases may be related with testicular tumours. We report an 11-year-old boy, with a four-month history of left testicular mass. Sonography showed increased volume of left testis and bilateral microlithiasis. Testicular biopsy(More)
BACKGROUNDS The development of effective strategies for the management of overweight in adolescence is a well recognized need. The current study investigates the effectiveness of an e-therapeutic platform (Next.Step) which aims to promote weight management skills and the adoption of health-promoting behaviours among overweight adolescents. METHODS We(More)
OBJECTIVES 1) To determine trends in prevalence of neural tube defects and the impact of therapeutic abortion. 2) To review perinatal management of spina bifida. DESIGN All spontaneous and therapeutic abortions, still births and live births affected by neural tube defects registered in Alfredo da Costa Maternity in Lisbon, from 1983 to 1992, were(More)
Infections by echovirus 13 are rare. In our country, it had not been previously reported any infection of this sort until 2000, when eleven echovirus 13 meningitis were observed in the Department of Pediatrics of the Hospital Fernando Fonseca. In England and Spain outbreaks of echovirus 13 meningitis during 2000 was also reported. Based on these facts the(More)
INTRODUCTION Advances in molecular diagnosis have made it possible to detect previously unknown viral agents as causative agents of lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI). The frequency and relevance of viral coinfections is still debatable. OBJECTIVE compare clinical presentation and severity between single virus infection and viral coinfection in(More)
BACKGROUND Adolescents with chronic disease (CD) can be more vulnerable to adverse psychosocial outcomes. This study aims: 1) to identify differences in psychosocial variables (health-related quality of life, psychosomatic complaints, resilience, self-regulation and social support) among adolescents who feel that CD affects or does not affect school/peers(More)