Acupuncture may reduce anxiety in pregnant women

The objective of this study was to identify effects of auriculotherapy to reduce the anxiety of pregnant women during the low-risk prenatal. Findings showed significant reduction of anxiety status in the experimental group suggesting that this practice is a potential therapy belonging to the integrative and complementary practice – ICP, and this is should be incorporated to the activities of health practice to women during the pregnancy. Read More →

Occupational risk: COVID-19 infection among health workers is greater in general wards than in intensive care units

The study highlights in what extent scarcity of personal protective equipment (PPE), inadequate use and non-usage of tPPE, and work overload constitute reasons for COVID-19 infection among health care teams. In addition, the investigation determined how work overload in health care system may increase the number of deaths associated with COVID-19 among health workers. Read More →

Face masks: how important are they in a pandemic?

The use of homemade fabric face mask constitutes an important non-pharmacological intervention to protect population against infection by bacteria and viruses, especially in a pandemic situation. This intervention combined with hygiene, disinfection of high-touch surfaces, and cough etiquettes are efficient measures to prevent transmission of coronavirus. Read More →

Health professionals fighting COVID-19 in hospitals and risking their health and life to care of infected patients

The paper discusses the challenge faced by health professionals delivering care to patients with COVID-19, and who are at high risk for infection. The adequate use of personal protective equipment reduces the risk, however, there is a need to have adequate provision of these protective materials available, and also trained professionals who can use them. Read More →

Therapeutic toy helps children coping with fear and venous puncture-related pain

This study proposed the use of the therapeutic toy for hospitalized children undergoing venous puncture, and confirmed that this is a valuable resource for children to cope with pain and fear in medical procedures that often generate stress and suffering. Read More →

Excess body weight and adolescence: what factors are involved?

What are the factors that contribute for excess body weight in adolescents? This study included 635 adolescents from public state schools. The investigation was carried out by researchers from the Universidade Estadual de Monte Claros. Results were quite uncommon considering those often found in studies about excess body weight in adolescents. Read More →

A study highlights predictors of quality of life among individuals with chronic wounds

The study evaluated quality of life among individuals with chronic wounds who were followed-up at homecare setting managed by primary health care service and specialized outpatient service in the city of Teresina, Piauí, Brazil. Results showed that variables duration, etiology, wound extension, and aspects may cause negative impact on a patient’s lifestyle. Read More →