Navigation Links
Everyday Exercise Can Help Kids With Cystic Fibrosis: Study

FRIDAY, May 6 (HealthDay News) -- Simple exercise routines can improve lung function and overall fitness in children and teens with cystic fibrosis, the results of a small new study suggest.

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, is a genetic disorder that causes a buildup of thick mucus in the lungs, resulting in frequent lung infections, breathing problems and decreased lung function.

Highly structured, intense exercise regimens are difficult to adhere to long-term, so a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center designed simple exercise programs tailored to patients' preferences and lifestyles.

These activities included things such as going for a walk, playing basketball in the driveway, taking dancing lessons or playing with a Wii video game system.

Lung function and exercise tolerance tests were given to 58 CF patients, aged 6 to 16, before and after they did their exercise programs for two months. The exercise tolerance test involved walking as many 10-meter (about 33 feet) intervals as possible.

After completing the exercise programs, the patients were able to do an average of seven more walking intervals than before they started exercising.

All of the participants showed at least some improvement in lung function, but the most noticeable improvement (5 percent or more) occurred in those who increased their exercise capacity by 10 or more walking intervals.

The study was slated to be presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, in Denver.

"Exercise, even when informal and unstructured, not only appears to improve lung status in children with CF, but goes a long way toward benefiting their overall health, self-perception and emotional well-being," lead investigator Dr. Shruti Paranjape, a pediatric pulmonary specialist, said in a Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions news release.

Because the findings were presented at a meeting and the study is not yet published in a peer-reviewed journal, its findings should be considered preliminary.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about cystic fibrosis.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, news release, May 3, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. The Rubit Dog Tag Clips Making Big Pet Store Sales, Everyday Dog Ownership Easier, Preventing Broken Fingernails.
2. Its the little things: Everyday gratitude as a booster shot for romantic relationships
3. When Earth Day Is Everyday At The Office, Used Office Furniture Recycling
4. Most Holiday Injuries to Kids Spurred by Everyday Mishaps
5. Cardiac Arrest Less Deadly in Exercise Facilities, Study Finds
6. To Feel Better, Exercise Harder: Study
7. Making the move to exercise for overweight and obese people
8. Exercise protects the heart via nitric oxide
9. Structured Exercise Programs Help Lower Blood Sugar, Study Finds
10. Study finds diet plus exercise is more effective for weight loss than either method alone
11. Aerobic Exercise May Curb Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Report
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Everyday Exercise Can Help Kids With Cystic Fibrosis: Study
(Date:10/13/2017)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl ... this week that explains one of the most popular and least understood books in ... like cryptic and puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), ... will showcase a range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual ... Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical ... Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. ... honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health System ... of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired by ... Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief of the ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... wound care advancements to physician colleagues, skilled nursing facility medical directors and other ... Treacherous Waters of Wound Care." , "At many of these conferences we get ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ... Aspen Surgical facility in Las Piedras, Puerto ... scalpels and blades. ... that the facility sustained minor structural damage, temporary loss ... Maria. Repairs have been completed, manufacturing operations have resumed, ...
(Date:10/4/2017)...  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company I.M. Lab ... Kickstarter. The device will educate the user about ,proper, ... efficiency compared to the dated and pricey CPR training ... of the compression for a more informed CPR training. ... raise $5,000. cprCUBE ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... ORLANDO, Fla. , Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx ... services company formed by Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager ... of its new brand, which included the unveiling of ... Fla. , as well as at a few ... introduces the new brand to patients, some of whom ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: