The relationship between muscle mass and function in cancer cachexia: smoke and mirrors?

We report similar confirmatory findings in other studies, and describe potential reasons for these observations. Summary The relationship between muscle mass and muscle function is complex and unlikely to be linear. Furthermore, the relationship is influenced by the techniques used to assess nutritional endpoints [e.g. computed tomography (CT)]; the nature of the chosen physical function outcome measures; and the sex and severity of the recruited cachectic patients. Such factors need to be considered when designing intervention trials for cancer cachexia with functional endpoints.
Source: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Tags: CACHEXIA, NUTRITION AND HYDRATION: Edited by Aminah Jatoi and Barry J.A. Laird Source Type: research

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Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Annals of Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
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Source: Esophagus - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
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Source: Respirology Case Reports - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Case Report Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: International Urology and Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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Source: Pain Research and Management - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Pain Res Manag Source Type: research
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Source: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Source Type: news
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