Maša Černelič Bizjak

Maša Černelič Bizjak
University of Primorska | UP · Faculty of Health Sciences (FVZ)

PhD

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Publications (38)
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This study aimed to investigate the level of knowledge about edible insects (EIs) in a sample of people from thirteen countries (Croatia, Greece, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, and Turkey). Data collection was based on a questionnaire survey applied through online tools between July and Novem...
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Formal education is crucial for the development of nurses’ professional identity and can play a decisive role in attracting students to the nursing profession. This is even more important during a public health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This study aimed to investigate nursing students’ attitudes and feelings toward their future profe...
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In recent years, edible insects have been suggested as an alternative food that is more sustainable compared with other sources of animal protein. However, knowledge about the sustainability aspects associated with this source of food may play a role in convincing consumers to adopt insects as part of their diet. In this context, the present study...
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Hericium erinaceus is an edible and medicinal mushroom with a vast spectrum of pharmacological activities. Traditionally, it has been used against diseases of the digestive tract and for the regeneration of nerves in neurodegenerative diseases. While the prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases and their associated cognitive deficits is highly asso...
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In an 8-week double-blind study with two parallel groups in which eligible healthy participants were randomly assigned to H. erinaceus supplement group (N=18; 67% F, 33% M), and placebo group (N=14; 67% F, 33% M). A food supplement produced from H. erinaceus fruiting bodies by MycoMedica d.o.o., Slovenia was used in this trial with a 3,44 mg daily...
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This cross-sectional study aimed to assess perceptions of healthy food and motivation for health behaviour (MHB) in different Mediterranean countries. Multiple linear regression was used to identify the association between perception of healthy food and MHB in different countries. The highest MHB was observed in Portugal (median 38.0; IQR 7.0) and...
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Food behaviour is governed by different kinds of motivations, some of individual nature and others related with the external food environment. This study investigated the eating motivations in sixteen countries with respect to commercial and marketing influences on food choices. The questionnaire survey was developed between September 2017 and June...
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The aim of this study was to assess changes in mental health, gut microbiota composition, and stress marker serum cortisol due to COVID-19 lockdown in asymptomatic individuals. Healthy adults participated in anthropometric measurements, blood and stool sample collection pre-lockdown and post-lockdown (n = 38, 63.2% females), lifestyle and psycholog...
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The aim of this research was to analyze motivations behind food choices from a cross-cultural perspective. It presents results derived from a multi-country study associated with Hofstede's cultural dimensions. A total of 11,919 respondents from 16 countries took part in this research. Two groups of statements were included in the survey: ‘economic...
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Purpose Understanding humans’ food intake practices is helpful in reducing health problems. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between eating behaviours and binge eating and to examine the influence of sex and weight status on these relationships. Design/methodology/approach A total of seventy-eight participants (39 wit...
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Food consumption involves several dimensions, being some of them directly associated with the consumers' characteristics. The interrelationships between these domains impact consumer behaviour for food choice and the consequent decisions for food consumption. In these frameworks, economic motivations are determinant. On the other hand, the scientif...
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This work intended to explore some motivations that influence people's eating habits towards sustainability. This was an observational, cross-sectional study, carried out by questionnaire survey on a non-probabilistic sample of 10,067 participants from 13 countries (United States). Results indicated that people prefer fresh local foods from the sea...
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To make everyday food choices is a complex process , involving decisions which are influenced by distinct aspects associated with, among other factors , purchasing ease, competitiveness of the market , advertising campaigns and marketing strategies, to mention a few related with aspects linked to com-mercialization. Hence, the objective of this stu...
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The use of edible flowers (EF) in gastronomy is gaining popularity; however, there is still a lack of information about the factors that most contribute to the acceptance of this product. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the habits associated with the usage of EF in gastronomy in three different countries (Portugal, Sloveni...
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Introduction The objective was to develop and validate an instrument that measures different determinants of people’s food choices and simultaneously accounts for a variety of factors: health, emotions, price and availability, society and culture, environment and politics, and marketing and advertising. Methods This is a cross-sectional study focu...
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The activities related to food production, processing, handling, transportation, storage and disposal of food products have an important impact on sustainability. Hence, people's food choices also contribute for the definition of the extension of this impact and therefore this work aimed at studying some motivations that influence people's eating h...
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Many aspects linked to personal characteristics, society and culture constitute some of the motivators that drive food choice. The aim of this work was to determine in what extent the eating behaviors of individuals are shaped by six different types of determinants, namely: health, emotions, price and availability, society and culture, environment...
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The new doctoral study Prevention for Health is a modern and innovative study programme in which we aim to develop holistic preventive approaches to the most important public health problems in today's society in Slovenia and around the world. The study combines the fields of kinesiology, nursing, dietetics and physiotherapy in accordance with scie...
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Increased intestinal permeability has been shown to be involved in several diseases associated with low-grade chronic inflammation, including obesity and metabolic syndrome. In the last decade, growing evidence shows the beneficial effects of probiotic-containing food supplementation on these conditions. In this crossover intervention study on 28 a...
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This study aimed at investigating the influence of some sociodemographic factors on the eating motivations. A longitudinal study was carried conducted with 11960 participants from 16 countries. Data analysis included t-test for independent samples or ANOVA, and neural network models were also created, to relate the input and output variables. Resul...
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This study aimed at investigating the influence of some sociodemographic factors on the eating motivations. A longitudinal study was carried conducted with 11960 participants from 16 countries. Data analysis included t-test for independent samples or ANOVA, and neural network models were also created, to relate the input and output variables. Resul...
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Background: Many risk factors lead to opioid use and drug-related problems. One of the challenges to understand behavioural factors, drug problems and psychopathology is to identify biological markers that are suitable for research on broad substance abuse and dependence involving human participants. Aims: The study has examined the relationships b...
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Background: Individuals with long-term chronic body image dissatisfaction may experience excessive stress and negative cognitions and feelings. Changes in negative cognition about body image are often reported as outcomes of obesity treatment. In turn, body image dissatisfaction also influences behavioural adherence and success in weight loss. Ob...
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Objectives: Obesity and overweight are chronic disorders of multifactorial origin that are characterized by high oxidative status and by chronic activation of macrophages in peripheral tissues. Effective therapeutic approaches to lower inflammation and oxidative stress are currently of general interest. Royal jelly (RJ) is a functional food with a...
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The ketogenic diet (KD) is being increasingly promoted as a strategy to fight obesity. Although the KD is effective for weight loss and weight control, comprehensive determination of its relationship with biochemical, physiological and psychological changes is still largely unexplored. We hypothesized that a 12-week KD (12KD) would significantly af...
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Background: This study has examined the relationships and interactions between serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels, BDNF Val66Met polymorphism and self-reported risk-taking behaviour in individuals with a history of heroin use undergoing outpatient treatment in comparison to healthy individuals. Methods: We enrolled 167 heroin...
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Chili and its main active ingredient capsaicin have been shown to induce several favorable biological activities. In the present study we have tested the effect of three chili sauces mimicking popular commercially available chili sauces with an increasing amount of capsaicinoids on a broad range of serum biochemical markers in thirty healthy subjec...
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Purpose: Low-grade systemic inflammation due to obesity is considered to be the key link between obesity and obesity-related disorders. The hypothesis was tested that significant alterations in inflammatory markers and adipokines would occur over a multidisciplinary intervention and that these changes might also be important for improvement of car...
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Objective: Evidence suggests that body dissatisfaction may relate to biological processes and that negative cognitions can influence physical health through the complex pathways linking psychological and biological factors. Design: The present study investigates the relationships between body image satisfaction, inflammation (cytokine levels), a...
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Background & aims The study investigated the role of visfatin in middle-aged adults with respect to anthropometric/biochemical parameters, nutritional status and exercise. Methods 48 normal weight and 48 overweight adults participated in the study. All participants underwent standard anthropometrical measurements of body composition, aerobic and a...
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Background: There is some evidence that a more elevated level of anxiety and depression is associated with adolescent timing and that depression and anxiety have overlapping symptoms and are conceptually interrelated. Methods: This cross-sectional study investigated the clinical importance and comorbidity rates of some psychological symptoms. The a...
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This study investigated the level of psychological adjustment and emotional health by identifying a level of psychological symptoms and their clinical relevance among samples of students with or without hearing deficiency. A group of thirty six students with hearing loss and the control group of thirty six typically developing controls completed se...
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The aim of this study is to determine if hearing loss influences the level of psychological distress and symptoms among deaf adolescents by examining the difference between deaf adolescents and their peers who have normal hearing. 36 deaf and 36 adolescents with normal hearing participated in the study. The two groups were assessed by means of The...

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This project (https://raquelguine.wixsite.com/eisufood) aims to study the eating habits, knowledge and attitudes towards edible insects and their consumption, either as the whole insect or as part of food formulations, like for example in the form of insect flour.
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www.pkmo.si Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and psychosocial risks (PR) at the workplace are the main cause of occupational disability, absence from work, and early retirement. MSD are partly the result of the degenerative processes that occur during aging, but also duo to inappropriate workplace settings, poor lifestyle, the obesity epidemic, low physical activity and sedentary behaviour among the working-age population. European guidelines recommends prevention as the most important element for managing and eliminating work-related MSD and PR. With an aim to reduce the incidence of MSD and PR in Slovenia the project “Promotion of activities to prevent musculoskeletal disorders and psychosocial risk at the workplace” (PKMO) was established. PKMO project runs jointly by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) and the University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences. PKMO implements a holistic approach to prevent and manage the incidence of work-related MSD and psychosocial risk using a range of systematic activities: workplace ergonomics, physical activity and psychological interventions, all included in a friendly e-tool (www.pkmo.si). Disclaimer: Projekt »Promocija aktivnosti za preprečevanje kostno-mišičnih obolenj in psihosocialnih tveganj pri delu«. Naložbo financirata Evropska unija iz Evropskega socialnega sklada ter Republika Slovenija, Ministrstvo za delo, družino, socialne zadeve in enake možnosti. Projekt se izvaja v okviru Operativnega programa za izvajanje Evropske kohezijske politike v obdobju 2014–2020, v okviru 8. prednostne osi: »Spodbujanje zaposlovanja in transnacionalna mobilnost delovne sile«, 8.3. prednostne naložbe: »Aktivno in zdravo staranje«, 8.3.1. specifičnega cilja »Podaljševanje in izboljšanje delovne aktivnosti starejših, vključenih v ukrepe«.
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Goal: Global coordinator of the international project PROJ/CI&DETS/2016/00018 "Psycho-social motivations associated with food choices and eating practices (EATMOT)" (Website: https://raquelguine.wixsite.com/eatmot) In the project (2016-2018) participated 77 researchers from 18 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, United States of America. Methods: Argentina Brazil Croatia Cyprus Egypt Greece Hungary, Survey to be held in 16 countries partners of the project, Italy Latvia Lithuania Macedonia Poland Portugal, Slovenia Romania United States of America Lab: Raquel Pinho Ferreira Guiné's Lab