The Somatic Connection  |   May 2017
Cardiorespiratory Benefit of Aerobic Exercise for Patients With Asthma
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  • Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California 
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The Somatic Connection   |   May 2017
Cardiorespiratory Benefit of Aerobic Exercise for Patients With Asthma
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2017, Vol. 117, 331-332. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.059
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2017, Vol. 117, 331-332. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.059
Carson KV, Chandratilleke MG, Picot J, Brinn MP, Esterman AJ, Smith BJ. Physical training for asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;(9):CD001116. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001116.pub4 
Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to explore the effects of physical training on the cardiorespiratory function of patients with asthma. Randomized controlled trials that included patients aged 8 years or older who had asthma and undertook physical training were considered. Physical training intervention had to include full-body aerobic exercise lasting at least 20  minutes, performed twice per week for at least 4 weeks. Twenty-one studies met these criteria. The researchers’ primary outcome measure was asthmatic symptoms, and secondary outcome measures included physiologic measurements and quality of life. 
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