Silvia R Valderramas

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BACKGROUND Levodopa is considered the gold standard therapy for Parkinson's disease (PD). Aspiration pneumonia is the most frequent cause of death among PD patients. Asymptomatic respiratory impairment can be detected even in the initial stages of the disease course; however, there is no conclusive evidence regarding the efficacy of levodopa, the main(More)
BACKGROUND Inhaled hypertonic saline is used for bronchial challenge and sputum induction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We studied the effects of saline aerosol inhalation before each exercise session in an 8-week pulmonary rehabilitation program. METHODS This was a double-blind randomized parallel controlled trial,(More)
UNLABELLED The Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) is one of the most frequently used self-rating scales for fatigue in Parkinson's disease (PD) and it lacks a validated Brazilian-Portuguese version. OBJECTIVE To determine the construct validity and reproducibility of a Brazilian-Portuguese version of the FSS in patients with PD. METHODS In a cross-sectional(More)
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of microcurrent electrical stimulation on pain and area of venous ulcers. In a pilot study for a single-blind controlled clinical trial, carried out at an outpatient clinic during four weeks, 14 subjects with venous ulcers (mean age 62±9 years) were divided in two groups: microcurrent (n=8) and control group (n=6).(More)
INTRODUCTION Exercise can provide numerous benefits to haemophilia patients, including bleeding reduction in muscles and joints. AIM This systematic review (SR) aims to evaluate the effects of physical exercise on pain and the musculoskeletal function of patients with hemophilia. METHODS Literature searches of Pubmed, Web of Science, PEDro, Cochrane,(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the intra-rater and inter-rater reliability of the Brazilian Portuguese version of the fatigue severity scale (FSS) in patients with COPD and to identify the presence of its association with parameters of pulmonary function, dyspnea, and functional capacity. METHODS This was an observational cross-sectional study involving 50(More)
Although motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD) are well established, few studies have described the effects of exergaming on the clinical and functional outcomes of PD. OBJECTIVES To analyze the effectiveness of exergaming in improving functional balance, fatigue, functional exercise capacity and quality of life in PD. METHODS The study population(More)
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