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BACKGROUND Despite optimal pharmacological therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation, patients with COPD continue to be breathless. There is a need to develop additional strategies to alleviate symptoms. Learning to sing requires control of breathing and posture and might have benefits that translate into daily life. METHODS To test this hypothesis we(More)
BACKGROUND There is some evidence that singing lessons may be of benefit to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is not clear how much of this benefit is specific to singing and how much relates to the classes being a group activity that addresses social isolation. METHODS Patients were randomised to either singing classes or a(More)
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by high morbidity and mortality. It remains unknown which aspect of lung function carries the most prognostic information and if simple spirometry is sufficient. Survival was assessed in COPD outpatients whose data had been added prospectively to a clinical audit database from the point of first(More)
It is not known whether vitamin D levels make a significant contribution to muscle dysfunction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In 104 COPD patients (mean±sd forced expiratory volume in 1 s 44±22 % predicted) and 100 age- and sex-matched controls, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)(2)D) and parathyroid(More)
Undiagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major public health issue, as it leads to patients missing out on appropriate preventive and therapeutic interventions. 1e3 The ratio of diagnosed/predicted COPD prevalence differs widely between Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), suggesting that there are unacceptable variations in care. 4 A National(More)
In our 2012 paper on the effect of singing classes for patients with COPD [1] which compared them to participation in a films studies group, we cited the wrong clinical trial number – (ISRCTN17544114). This number in fact relates to a previous study we had undertaken, published in 2010 which also evaluated singing classes in COPD but had compared them to a(More)
AgEcon Search is a subject repository containing the full text of working papers, conference papers and small press journals in agricultural and other areas of applied economics. In existence since 1995, it contains material from 215 organizations. Comparisons are made between the operations of a subject repository and those of an institutional repository,(More)
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