Patrícia Branco

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Timely molecular diagnosis of RB1 mutations enables earlier treatment, lower risk, and better health outcomes for patients with retinoblastoma; empowers families to make informed family-planning decisions; and costs less than conventional surveillance. However, complexity has hindered clinical implementation of molecular diagnosis. The majority of RB1(More)
BACKGROUND The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a noninvasive method to evaluate peripheral artery disease (PAD). ABI <0.9 diagnoses PAD; ABI >1.3 is a false negative caused by noncompressible arteries. The aim of this study is to evaluate the association between ABI with vascular calcifications (VC) and with mortality, in haemodialysis (HD) patients. (More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae plays a primordial role in alcoholic fermentation and has a vast worldwide application in the production of fuel-ethanol, food and beverages. The dominance of S. cerevisiae over other microbial species during alcoholic fermentations has been traditionally ascribed to its higher ethanol tolerance. However, recent studies suggested(More)
Hypertension is an important cardiovascular risk factor and although there have been many improvements in pharmacological treatment, a significant percentage of patients are still considered resistant. The authors describe two cases of radiofrequency renal sympathetic denervation that illustrate the feasibility of this new technique for the treatment of(More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae produces antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) during alcoholic fermentation that are active against several wine-related yeasts (e.g. Hanseniaspora guilliermondii) and bacteria (e.g. Oenococcus oeni). In the present study, the physiological changes induced by those AMPs on sensitive H. guilliermondii cells were evaluated in terms of(More)
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common complication in children after surgery for congenital heart disease, and peritoneal dialysis (PD) is usually the renal replacement therapy (RRT) of choice, especially in very young children. The aim of the present study was to describe our experience of using PD to treat AKI after cardiac surgery. We retrospectively(More)
INTRODUCTION Ultrafiltration (UF) technique is a valuable alternative to pharmacological therapy in the treatment of patients with refractory congestive heart failure (HF). The aim of this study was to describe a single-center experience in the treatment of refractory HF patients with peritoneal dialysis (PD). METHODS Retrospective study of 5 patients(More)
The roles of cell-to-cell contact and antimicrobial peptides in the early death of Lachanchea thermotolerans CBS2803 during anaerobic, mixed-culture fermentations with Saccharomyces cerevisiae S101 were investigated using a commercially available, double-compartment fermentation system separated by cellulose membranes with different pore sizes, i.e. 1000(More)
BACKGROUND Catheter-based sympathetic renal denervation (RDN) is a recent therapeutic option for patients with resistant hypertension. However, the impact of RDN in left ventricular (LV) mass and function is not completely established. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of RDN on LV structure and function (systolic and diastolic) in patients with resistant(More)
Amiodarone is an antiarrhythmic drug now more frequently used after a number of years in which the use had been on the decline due to a number of studies which reported side effects such as chronic toxicity, primarily in the lungs, liver and thyroid glands. Additionally, in some patients an increase in serum creatinine was noted, however the effect of(More)