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Jones P.W.,St Georges, University of London | Mullerova H.,Glaxosmithkline | Vestbo J.,Gentofte Hospital Hellerup | Vestbo J.,University of Manchester | And 13 more authors.
Thorax | Year: 2015

Background: Poor health status has been associated with morbidity and mortality in patients with COPD. To date, the impact of changes in health status on these outcomes remains unknown. Aims: To explore the relationship of clinically relevant changes in health status with exacerbation, hospitalisation or death in patients with COPD. Methods: Characteristics and health status (St George's Respiratory Questionnaire, SGRQ) were assessed over a period of 3 years in 2138 patients with COPD enrolled in the Evaluation of COPD Longitudinally to Identify Predictive Surrogate Endpoints (ECLIPSE) study: a longitudinal, prospective, observational study. Associations between change in health status (=4 units in SGRQ score) during year 1 and time to first exacerbation, hospitalisation and death during 2-year follow-up were assessed using Kaplan-Meier plots and log-rank test. Results: 1832 (85.7%) patients (age 63.4±7.0 years, 65.4% male, FEV1 48.7±15.6% predicted) underwent assessment at baseline and 1 year. Compared with those who deteriorated, patients with improved or stable health status in year 1 have a lower likelihood of exacerbation (HR 0.78 (95% CI 0.67 to 0.89), p<0.001 and 0.84 (0.73 to 0.97), p=0.016, respectively), hospitalisation (0.72 (0.58 to 0.90), p=0.004 and 0.77 (0.62 to 0.96), p=0.023, respectively) or dying (0.61 (0.39 to 0.95), p=0.027 and 0.58 (0.37 to 0.92), p=0.019, respectively) during 2-year follow-up. This effect persisted after stratification for age and the number of exacerbations and hospitalisations during the first year of the study. Conclusions: Patients with stable or improved health status during year 1 of ECLIPSE had a lower likelihood of exacerbation, hospitalisation or dying during 2-year follow-up. Interventions that stabilise and improve health status may also improve outcomes in patients with COPD. Source


Wens I.,Biomedical Biomedical Research Institute | Dalgas U.,University of Aarhus | Vandenabeele F.,Biomedical Biomedical Research Institute | Krekels M.,Biomedical Biomedical Research Institute | And 2 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2014

Background: The impact of multiple sclerosis (MS) on skeletal muscle characteristics, such as muscle fiber cross sectional area (CSA), fiber type proportion, muscle strength and whole muscle mass, remains conflicting.Methods: In this cross sectional study, body composition and muscle strength of the quadriceps were assessed in 34 MS (EDSS: 2.560.19) patients and 18 matched healthy controls (HC). Hereafter a muscle biopsy (m.vastus lateralis) was taken.Results: Compared to HC, mean muscle fiber CSA of all fibers, as well as CSA of type I, II and IIa fibers were smaller and muscle strength of the quadriceps was lower in MS patients. Whole body composition was comparable between groups. However, compared to HC, the biopsied leg tended to have a higher fat percentage (p = 0.1) and a lower lean mass (p = 0.06) in MS patients.Conclusion: MS seems to negatively influence skeletal muscle fiber CSA, muscle strength and muscle mass of the lower limbs of mildly affected MS patients. This emphasises the need for rehabilitation programs focusing on muscle preservation of the lower limb. © 2014 Wens et al. Source


Stevens A.L.M.,Biomedical Biomedical Research Institute | Hansen D.,Biomedical Biomedical Research Institute | Hansen D.,Hasselt University | Hansen D.,Heart Center Hasselt | And 8 more authors.
Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention | Year: 2015

PURPOSE:: Chronic heart failure (CHF) patients often present with (pre)diabetes, which negatively influences prognosis. Unlike the proven effect of exercise on glucose regulation in the general population, its effect in CHF is unclear. Therefore, this study aimed at investigating the effect of exercise training on glucose regulation in stable CHF patients. METHODS:: Twenty-two CHF patients were randomized into training (EX, n = 15) and control (CON, n = 7) groups. Before and after a 12-week training intervention involving endurance and resistance training, glucose tolerance (2-hour oral glucose tolerance test), exercise tolerance (cardiopulmonary exercise test), muscle strength (isokinetic dynamometer), heart function (echocardiography), glycated hemoglobin, body composition (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry), and quality of life (EQ5D) were assessed. RESULTS:: At baseline, glucose levels 2 hours after glucose intake were elevated in both groups. Whereas area under the glucose curve did not change, area under the insulin curve decreased following training (EX, -13 ± 23% vs CON, +22 ± 33%; P < .05). Changes in the ratio of mitral peak velocity of early filling/early diastolic mitral annular velocity and waist-to-hip fat mass ratio were related to changes in the insulin curve. Exercise training resulted in improved oxygen uptake at the second ventilatory threshold (EX, +10 ± 5% vs CON, -8 ± 5%; P < .05) and isokinetic strength endurance of the upper leg (EX, +25 ± 9% vs CON, -6 ± 5%; P < 0.05). Lean body tissue was increased by 2.2 ± 0.5% in EX versus 0.2 ± 0.6% in CON (P < .05). CONCLUSION:: Our data suggest that exercise training attenuates worsening of glucose regulation typically seen in a stable CHF population. © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

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