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February/March 2016 (vol. 12/5)

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Exercise benefits people with respiratory disease

There is low-quality evidence from two studies that exercise training benefits people who have a respiratory disease caused by dust exposure – eg asbestosis, silicosis or mixed-dust pneumoconiosis – this Cochrane systematic review finds. Participants who did eight weeks’ exercise training were, on average, able to walk more than 50 metres further in a six-minute walk test compared with those who had not trained. The benefit was sustained six months later.

 

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2016 (vol. 12/5) pp37