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Raphael Micheroli, Monika Hebeisen, Lukas M Wildi, Pascale Exer, Giorgio Tamborrini, Jürg Bernhard, Burkhard Möller, Pascal Zufferey, Michael J Nissen, Almut Scherer, Adrian Ciurea
BACKGROUND: Few studies have investigated the impact of obesity on the response to tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). The aim of our study was to investigate the impact of different body mass index (BMI) categories on TNFi response in a large cohort of patients with axSpA. METHODS: Patients with axSpA within the Swiss Clinical Quality Management (SCQM) program were included in the current study if they fulfilled the Assessment in Spondyloarthritis International Society (ASAS) criteria for axSpA, started a first TNFi after recruitment, and had available BMI data as well as a baseline and follow-up visit at 1 year (±6 months)...
July 19, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Paola Contreras-Muñoz, Joan Ramon Torrella, Xavier Serres, David Rizo-Roca, Meritxell De la Varga, Ginés Viscor, Vicente Martínez-Ibáñez, José Luis Peiró, Tero A H Järvinen, Gil Rodas, Mario Marotta
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle injuries are the most common sports-related injury and a major concern in sports medicine. The effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections on muscle healing is still poorly understood, and current data are inconclusive. PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of an ultrasound-guided intramuscular PRP injection, administered 24 hours after injury, and/or posttraumatic daily exercise training for 2 weeks on skeletal muscle healing in a recently established rat model of skeletal muscle injury that highly mimics the muscle trauma seen in human athletes...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Maryam Khaksari, Lynn R Mazzoleni, Chunhai Ruan, Robert T Kennedy, Adrienne R Minerick
Two separate liquid chromatography (LC)-mass spectrometry (MS) methods were developed for determination and quantification of water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins in human tear and blood serum samples. The water-soluble vitamin method was originally developed to detect vitamins B1, B2, B3 (nicotinamide), B5, B6 (pyridoxine), B7, B9 and B12 while the fat-soluble vitamin method detected vitamins A, D3, 25(OH)D3, E and K1. These methods were then validated with tear and blood serum samples. In this data in brief article, we provide details on the two LC-MS methods development, methods sensitivity, as well as precision and accuracy for determination of vitamins in human tears and blood serum...
April 2017: Data in Brief
Emilian Rejane Marcon, S Baglioni, L Bittencourt, C L N Lopes, C R Neumann, M R M Trindade
OBJECTIVE: This trial's objective was to investigate the effect of an exercise program with and without cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), compared by a control group, on weight, functional capacity, and cardiometabolic profile of morbidly obese individuals while waiting for bariatric surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This randomized controlled trial investigated the effect of a 4-month low-intensity exercise program (two weekly sessions of 25 min each) on 66 morbidly obese individuals awaiting bariatric surgery...
March 2017: Obesity Surgery
Isabel Castrejón, Yusuf Yazici, Selda Celik, Theodore Pincus
BACKGROUND: Exercise is associated with major benefits in patients with rheumatic diseases for both cardiovascular and rheumatic status. However, information about exercise generally is not collected systematically in routine rheumatology care. A multidimensional health assessment questionnaire (MDHAQ), which was designed for busy clinical settings, includes a query about exercise status. We analyzed possible associations between change in MDHAQ exercise scores and other MDHAQ measures in patients with various rheumatic diseases over one year...
2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Dhabaleswar Sahoo, Aditya Kapoor, Archana Sinha, Roopali Khanna, Sudeep Kumar, Naveen Garg, Satyendra Tewari, Pravin Goel
INTRODUCTION: Chronic mitral regurgitation (MR) is characterized by adverse ventricular remodeling and progressive LV dysfunction leading to heart failure (HF). Beta-blockers (BB) improve LV remodeling and prognosis in patients with HF. As chronic severe MR results in neuroendocrine activation similar to HF, it is likely that BB may also exert favorable effects in these patients. No study has assessed the role of oral BB therapy in chronic rheumatic MR. AIMS: A total of 100 patients of chronic rheumatic MR (mean age 30±13...
August 2016: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Michael J Nissen, Adrian Ciurea, Jürg Bernhard, Giorgio Tamborrini, Ruediger Mueller, Bettina Weiss, Martin Toniolo, Pascale Exer, Cem Gabay, Axel Finckh
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effect of comedication with conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) on drug retention and clinical effectiveness of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA). METHODS: The study included all patients starting treatment with a TNFi in a large prospective cohort of axial SpA patients (Swiss Clinical Quality Management in axial SpA). Crude drug retention was analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method, and in adjusted analyses, Cox proportional hazards regression was used to model TNFi discontinuation...
September 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Ulrika Andersson Hall, Fredrik Edin, Anders Pedersen, Klavs Madsen
The purpose of this study was to compare whole-body fat oxidation kinetics after prior exercise with overnight fasting in elite endurance athletes. Thirteen highly trained athletes (9 men and 4 women; maximal oxygen uptake: 66 ± 1 mL·min(-1)·kg(-1)) performed 3 identical submaximal incremental tests on a cycle ergometer using a cross-over design. A control test (CON) was performed 3 h after a standardized breakfast, a fasting test (FAST) 12 h after a standardized evening meal, and a postexercise test (EXER) after standardized breakfast, endurance exercise, and 2 h fasting recovery...
April 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Lars Donath, Roland Rössler, Oliver Faude
BACKGROUND: Balance training is considered an important means to decrease fall rates in seniors. Whether virtual reality training (VRT) might serve as an appropriate treatment strategy to improve neuromuscular fall risk parameters in comparison to alternative balance training programs (AT) is as yet unclear. OBJECTIVE: To examine and classify the effects of VRT on fall-risk relevant balance performance and functional mobility compared to AT and an inactive control condition (CON) in healthy seniors...
September 2016: Sports Medicine
Ann DeSmet, António Palmeira, Alicia Beltran, Leah Brand, Vanessa Fernandes Davies, Debbe Thompson
Despite its relevance, formative research on games may be an undervalued part of the game development process. At the 2014 International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity exergaming preconference satellite meeting, a roundtable discussion was held to assemble experiences and suggestions on enhancing the use of formative research in the development of active videogames (i.e., exergames). This article presents a summary of the concepts discussed. The discussants concluded that, although formative research may slightly expand the project timeline, the potential benefits include a game more in line with preferences of the intended users, with better operationalized theoretical constructs and broader stakeholder support, facilitating implementation and sustainability...
February 2015: Games for Health
Y Saitoh, T Yoshimoto, S Kato, N Miwa
AIM: In this study, we evaluated the carcinostatic effects of combined ascorbic acid (AsA) and a capacitive-resistive electric transfer (CRet) hyperthermic apparatus-induced hyperthermic treatment on Ehrlich ascites tumor (EAT) cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: EAT cells were exposed to various AsA (0-10 mM) concentrations for 1 h; they subsequently underwent CRet treatment for 15 min at 42 °C. Cell viability was assessed by the WST-8 assay 24 h after the combined treatment...
June 2015: Experimental Oncology
Francesco Giallauria, Marco Gentile, Paolo Chiodini, Franco Berrino, Amalia Mattiello, Luigi Maresca, Alessandra Vitelli, Maria Mancini, Alessandra Grieco, Rosa Lucci, Giorgio Torella, Salvatore Panico, Carlo Vigorito
PURPOSE: To determine whether exercise training might exert anti-inflammatory effect by reducing HMGB1 levels in women with breast cancer (BC). METHODS: We analyzed monocentric data from the DIANA (DIET AND ANDROGENS)-5 PROJECT. Study population consisted of 94 patients randomized into two groups: 61 patients (53 +/- 8 yrs, training group) were assigned to a structured exercise training intervention (3 times/week for the first 3 months, and once /week for the following 9 months); whereas 33 patients (52 +/- 7 yrs, control group) followed only the general indications to adhere to the life-style intervention suggestions of the DIANA protocol...
June 2014: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Shaw Bronner, Russell Pinsker, Rutika Naik, J Adam Noah
OBJECTIVES: Exer-games and virtual reality offer alternative opportunities to provide neuro-rehabilitation and exercise that are fun. Our goal was to determine how effective they are in achieving motor learning goals and fitness benefits as players gain experience. DESIGN: We employed a repeated measures design to determine changes in physical exertion and engagement with training. METHODS: Fourteen healthy adults trained on the XBOX Kinect video game Dance Central using a skill-based protocol to examine changes in energy expenditure (EE), heart rate (HR), METs, limb movement, game proficiency, and player engagement in initial, post-training, and transfer-testing of a full-body dance exer-game...
March 2016: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Brian L Cone, Susan S Levy, Daniel J Goble
The Nintendo Wii Fit is a balance training tool that is growing in popularity due to its ease of access and cost-effectiveness. While considerable evidence now exists demonstrating the efficacy of the Wii Fit, no study to date has determined the specific mechanism underlying Wii Fit balance improvement. This paucity of knowledge was addressed in the present study using the NeuroCom Balance Manager's Sensory Organization Test (SOT) and Limits of Stability (LOS) test. These well-recognized posturography assessments, respectively, measure sensory weighting and dynamic stability mechanisms of balance...
February 2015: Gait & Posture
Adrian Ciurea, Almut Scherer, Ulrich Weber, Pascale Exer, Jürg Bernhard, Giorgio Tamborrini, Myriam Riek, Rüdiger B Müller, Bettina Weiss, Michael J Nissen, Rudolf Kissling, Beat A Michel, Axel Finckh
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of smoking on the response to treatment with a first tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) in a real-life cohort. METHODS: Patients fulfilling the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) classification criteria for axSpA in the Swiss Clinical Quality Management Cohort were included in this study. The potential association between smoking status and differential response to TNFi in terms of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) and the Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score (ASDAS) was analysed using multiple adjusted longitudinal mixed effect models...
March 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Adrian Ciurea, Ulrich Weber, Daniel Stekhoven, Almut Scherer, Giorgio Tamborrini, Jürg Bernhard, Martin Toniolo, Peter M Villiger, Pascal Zufferey, Rudolf O Kissling, Beat A Michel, Pascale Exer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the initiation of and response to tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors for axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) in private rheumatology practices versus academic centers. METHODS: We compared newly initiated TNF inhibition for axSpA in 363 patients enrolled in private practices with 100 patients recruited in 6 university hospitals within the Swiss Clinical Quality Management (SCQM) cohort. RESULTS: All patients had been treated with ≥ 1 nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug and > 70% of patients had a baseline Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) ≥ 4 before anti-TNF agent initiation...
January 2015: Journal of Rheumatology
Danielle L Kirkman, Lisa D Roberts, Marten Kelm, Jürgen Wagner, Mahdi M Jibani, Jamie H Macdonald
BACKGROUND/AIMS: According to mathematical modeling, intradialytic exercise of sufficient intensity and duration implemented in the second half of dialysis should be as efficacious as increasing dialysis time for dialysis adequacy. This assumption has not been tested in vivo. METHODS: In this controlled trial, 11 hemodialysis (HD) patients (mean (SD) age 56 (13) years) were recruited. Each patient completed three trial arms in a randomized order: routine care (CONT), increased HD time of 30 min (TIME), and intradialytic exercise (EXER), 60 min of cycling at 90% of the lactate threshold in the last 90 min of HD...
2013: American Journal of Nephrology
Carroll W Hughes, Shauna Barnes, Conrad Barnes, Laura F Defina, Paul Nakonezny, Graham J Emslie
The Depressed Adolescents Treated with Exercise (DATE) study evaluated a standardized aerobic exercise protocol to treat nonmedicated adolescents that met DSM-IV-TR criteria for major depressive disorder. From an initial screen of 90 individuals, 30 adolescents aged 12-18 years were randomized to either vigorous exercise (EXER) (>12 kg/kcal/week [KKW]) or a control stretching (STRETCH) activity (< 4 KKW) for 12 weeks. The primary outcome measure was the blinded clinician rating of the Children's Depression Rating Scale - Revised (CDRS-R) to assess depression severity and Actical (KKW) accelerometry 24hr/7days a week to assess energy expenditure and adherence...
June 2013: Mental Health and Physical Activity
Shaw Bronner, Russell Pinsker, J Adam Noah
OBJECTIVES: To determine energy expenditure and player experience in exer-games designed for novel platforms. METHODS: Energy cost of 7 trained players was measured in 5 music-based exer-games. Participants answered a questionnaire about "game flow," experience of enjoyment, and immersion in game play. RESULTS: Energy expenditure during game play ranged from moderate to vigorous intensity (4 - 9 MET). Participant achieved highest MET levels and game flow while playing StepMania and lowest MET levels and game flow when playing Wii Just Dance 3(®) and Kinect Dance Central™...
May 2013: American Journal of Health Behavior
Adrian Ciurea, Almut Scherer, Pascale Exer, Jürg Bernhard, Jean Dudler, Brigitte Beyeler, Rudolf Kissling, Daniel Stekhoven, Kaspar Rufibach, Giorgio Tamborrini, Bettina Weiss, Rüdiger Müller, Michael J Nissen, Beat A Michel, Désirée van der Heijde, Maxime Dougados, Annelies Boonen, Ulrich Weber
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the baseline characteristics of patients with radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (SpA; ankylosing spondylitis [AS]) and patients with nonradiographic axial SpA, to investigate determinants of anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agent prescription on the background of a nonrestrictive reimbursement policy, and to assess the response to TNF inhibition. METHODS: We compared the characteristics of radiographic axial SpA and nonradiographic axial SpA in 1,070 patients from the Swiss Clinical Quality Management (SCQM) Cohort who fulfilled the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) classification criteria for axial SpA...
December 2013: Arthritis and Rheumatism
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