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Exercise and Fitness

The body of epidemiologic research demonstrating the health benefits of physical activity spans more than five decades. A sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical fitness, or both, are major precursors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Even relatively modest increases in levels of fitness or physical activity patterns are associated with substantial health benefits. However, in countries that have reported evidence supporting the role of physical The state of being sedentary and low levels of fitness are in and of themselves CVD risk factors. Therefore, mechanisms underlying the health benefits of regular exercise include counteracting the state of being sedentary, and the potential increases in fitness level that occur with activity. Other mechanisms are the favorable influence on CVD risk, including reductions in blood pressure and body weight, improved lipid profile, inflammatory markers and insulin sensitivity. Exercise training appears to have a profound effect on endothelial...

Physical Activity Pattern Versus Fitness Level in Defining Health Risk

Although physical activity status and physiologic fitness are clearly linked, the latter carries an important genetic component that is, some people remain comparatively fit without engaging in a great deal of physical activity. The above-mentioned studies by Blair and colleagues,14,25 those at the VA,13 and elsewhere,1519 provide compelling evidence that one's fitness level has a profound influence on mortality. There has been some recent debate as to whether daily physical activity patterns largely determine one's fitness level and therefore health risk, or whether fitness level predicts mortality independently from activity pattern.29,30 In a recent meta-analysis, Williams29 compared the dose-response relationships between leisure-time physical activity and fitness from published reports and their association with cardiovascular disease endpoints. The analysis included a remarkable 1,325,000 person-years of follow-up. The results of the Williams meta-analysis29 are summarized in...

Waters Unique Role in the Fitness of the Environment

The thermal properties of water are especially relevant to its environmental fitness. It has great power as a buffer resisting thermal (temperature) change. Its heat capacity, or specific heat (4.1840 J g C), is remarkably high it is ten times greater than iron, five times greater than quartz or salt, and twice as great as hexane. Its heat of fusion is 335 J g. Thus, at 0 C, it takes a loss of 335 J to change the state of 1 g of H2O from liquid to solid. Its heat of vaporization, 2.24 kJ g, is exceptionally high. These thermal properties mean that it takes substantial changes in heat content to alter the temperature and especially the state of water. Water's thermal properties allow it to buffer the climate through such processes as condensation, evaporation, melting, and freezing. Furthermore, these properties allow effective temperature regulation in living organisms. For example, heat generated within an organism as a result of metabolism can be efficiently eliminated by...

The Impact of Fitness on Cardiovascular Diseases

Physical fitness can be measured easily and exactly, and has been shown to have a negative correlation to coronary heart disease. However, there is also a negative correlation between increasing fitness and risk factors like hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. Intervention by physical training has been shown to reduce these risk factors in studies at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. If these confounders are corrected for, physical inactivity doubles the risk of coronary disease. In highly trained Norwegian skiers, a risk reduction of 4.8 was found compared to the least fit group in the study. In the same study, the quar-tile with the highest fitness had a relative risk of cardiovascular death of 0.4 compared to the quar-tile with poorest fitness.5 Large studies from the US also show a double risk in persons with low exercise capacity compared to those with a high exercise capacity.6 Still it may be questioned whether the training or the high fitness per se is protective. This is...

Substance Misuse and Fitness for Interview

Withdrawal states can pose a bigger problem for the doctor assessing fitness for interview. Although most confessions made in these circumstances are reliable (74), it should be recognized that the person suffering from drug withdrawal may be particularly vulnerable to providing a false confession. Such persons may believe that compliance will result in early release and that the risks entailed in providing a false confession may seem worthwhile in the presence of an overwhelming desire to re-establish access to their supply of drugs (75). Although symptoms of mild withdrawal from opiates, for example, is considered unlikely to be a barrier to interview (62,73), the physical and mental distress occasioned by established withdrawal may seriously impair a suspect's fitness to undergo the somewhat threatening and difficult experience of police interrogation. When faced with a suspect suffering from severe withdrawal, the doctor should consider advising that the interview be deferred...

Physiologic Fitness and Health

In the last two decades, a striking amount of data have been published demonstrating the importance of fitness level in predicting risk for adverse health outcomes.2,3,13,14 A consistent observation in these studies is that after adjustment for age and other risk factors, exercise capacity has been shown to be a stronger marker of risk for cardiovascular morbidity or all-cause mortality than established risk factors such as hypertension, smoking, obesity, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and obesity. In addition, exercise capacity has been shown to be a more powerful predictor of risk than other exercise test variables, including ST depression, symptoms, and hemodynamic Table 13-1. Survival benefit per MET in recent epidemiologic studies using maximal exercise testing as a measure of fitness Blair et al. JAMA 1995 responses.13,1519 Moreover, the lower levels of fitness in these studies did not appear to be associated with subclinical disease. A number of recent studies have expressed...

Assessment of physical fitness in paediatric chronic lung diseases

EIB is a specific occurrence for bronchial asthma, although it has a low sensitivity 24 . This is the same for several other measures of indirect bronchial responsiveness. However, measures for direct bronchial responsiveness, such as responsiveness to metacholine, have a greater sensitivity but lower specificity. Also, in other chronic lung disorders, a moderate bronchial responsiveness to metacholine may be found, whereas this is not the case for EIB 24 . Therefore, testing specifically for EIB may be of differential diagnostic value, but otherwise has a minor role in the assessment of other chronic lung disorders. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) is of value in children with chronic lung disorders, as it provides important information for assessing disease severity and the ability to perform physical exercise. However, it should be noted that the level of physical fitness in children with mild-to-moderate asthma has been found to be comparable to that of healthy children...

AHA Scientific Statement

It reinforces that the safety of medically-supervised cardiac rehabilitation exercise training is well established, with contemporary risk stratification procedures guiding the intensity of required surveillance. The benefits of both exercise training and regular daily physical activities are defined as improvement in peak oxygen uptake by 11-36 , with the greatest improvement occurring in the most deconditioned individuals. Improved fitness increases the activity threshold before the onset of myocardial ischemia in patients with advanced coronary heart disease. Resistance training can improve muscular strength.

Challenges in South Africa

Primary prevention projects in the Western Cape and Gauteng regions in South Africa. Members of the community are encouraged to contact this division of the Institute and, once a core group of thirty community members, a safe venue (e.g. a church or school hall) and three to four community leaders volunteer, the Institute provides leadership and training as well as supervision for the initial 8 weeks of the program. A small amount of essential equipment (balls, rubber resistance bands, and blood pressure monitoring equipment) are donated to the group by a sponsor. The four community leaders are then trained by our staff regarding low-intensity exercise training, safety issues during exercise, and patient monitoring. The initial 8 weeks of training is followed by a co-implementation period of 6 weeks, where community leaders and Institute staff together lead the program. Once the training is complete and our team are convinced the group is running smoothly and safely, the project is...

Epidemiologic Evidence Supporting Physical Activity

In the United States alone, it has been estimated that roughly 250,000 deaths per year are attributed to lack of regular physical activity3 (roughly one-quarter of all preventable deaths annually). However, others have suggested that these figures may be significantly underestimated.23 Ongoing longitudinal studies have provided consistent evidence of varying strength documenting the protective effects of activity for a number of chronic diseases, including CHD, chronic heart failure (CHF), type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and site-specific cancers.2,3,6 In contrast, low levels of physical fitness or activity are consistently associated with higher cardiovascular and all-cause mortality rates.2,3,13,14 Midlife increases in physical activity, fitness level, or both, through change in occupation or recreational activities, are associated with a decrease in mortality rates.24,25 Considering the last few years alone (2000-2004), an impressive volume of data has been published...

Specific Recommendations for Activity from Major Health Organizations

The 30 minutes day recommendation is generally consistent with an energy expenditure in the order of 1000kcal week. Energy expenditure of this magnitude has been associated with 20-30 reductions in all-cause and cardiovascular mortality.2-6 The 30 minutes per day 1000kcal week recommendation is at the heart of a noteworthy theme that is consistent in each of the aforementioned consensus statements on physical activity and health. It is now appreciated that considerable health benefits are derived from moderate levels of activity. Many researchers have argued that it is generally not necessary to engage in vigorous, sustained activity to derive many of the health benefits of exercise. Prior to the release of these reports in the mid-1990s, guidelines generally promoted the concept that exercise was thought to be effective only if an improvement in some measure of cardiopulmonary fitness was observed, implying that only physically trained individuals benefited from physical activity. In...

Physiologic Benefits of Exercise Training

Regular exercise increases work capacity hundreds of studies have been performed cross-sectionally that document higher maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) values among active versus sedentary individuals, or between groups after a period of training. The magnitude of improvement in VO2max with training varies widely, usually ranging from 10 to 25 , but increases as large as 50 have been reported. The degree of change in exercise capacity depends primarily on initial state of fitness and intensity of training. Training increases exercise capacity by increasing both maximal cardiac output and the ability to extract oxygen from the blood. The physiologic benefits of a training program can be classified as morphologic, hemodynamic, and metabolic (Table 13-5). Many animal studies have demonstrated significant morphologic changes with training, including myocardial hypertrophy with improved myocardial function, increases in coronary artery size, and increases in the myocardial...

How Systems Selforganize

Ganization would be the analog of the genetic algorithm, in which the goal is known or is at the end of a directed path. Answers are beginning to emerge for example, Stuart Kauffman11 has suggested that genes form a self-organizing system. He also introduces what he calls a fitness landscape in which these groups of genes are subject to selective pressure and the solution moves uphill to an optimum value. This raises an interesting problem mountain tops are not next to one another you have to go downhill to reach the next one. In evolutionary terms this means that in order to evolve further, the organism would have to become less fit.

The Importance of Functional Assessment in Advanced Cancer and Cachexia

It goes without saying that the best way to treat cancer cachexia is to treat successfully the patient's cancer. For some patients oncological therapy may be influenced by chronological age 45,46 . However, it is often recognised that physiological age is perhaps more important. Functional assessment may provide one measure of this robustness and contribute to the shift in medical treatment delivery away from being unduly governed by chronological age and towards a greater use of markers of 'biological age' or risk. Understanding the relationship, therefore, between functional status and overall patient 'fitness' and 'reserve' is important.

Nestmate Recognition And Exclusion Of Foreigners

In most social insects, interactions between conspecific adults from different colonies are quite aggressive. Such behavior is considered to be adaptive, as workers obtain inclusive fitness benefits from aiding kin and discriminating against non-kin, and nestmates are usually more closely related to one another than to members of neighboring colonies. The semiochemicals involved in recognition at the colony level are simultaneously specific and anonymous. That is, workers are able to discriminate between nestmates and intruders, but they also tend to treat all nestmates as fellow colony members, irrespective of their true relatedness. This anonymity among genetically varied nestmates does not preclude specificity at the within-colony level. Generally, though, it appears that workers encountering one another in the context of territorial defense or nest guarding respond to chemical labels that indicate colony membership, rather than directly indicating kin. Especially species with...

The Role of Sports in Preventive Cardiology

The effect on classical risk factors, a positive effect on endothelial function also has been demonstrated. A similar effect is demonstrated by increasing fitness, and also when the effect of fitness on cardiovascular risk factors is corrected for. However, physical activity is more important, and the effect of fitness probably is induced by physical activity. Thus the message is clear that unless physical activity is regular and persistent it has no documented effect on the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, sports activity as a lifestyle has great potential as a tool in preventive cardiology. Involvement in sports for children and adolescents may be important in this regard. Whereas there is good evidence that fitness in the young is a good predictor of cardiovascular health later in life, the data on physical activity are less solid.

Newer Randomized Studies

These findings of decreased morbidity as a consequence of exercise training in patients with CAD were corroborated by a more recent randomized study. Hambrecht and coworkers randomized 101 patients with stable CAD and documented exercise-induced ischemia to undergo either a 12-month exercise training program or a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) followed by usual care.30 All patients had an angio-graphically documented stenosis suitable for PCI. Within the exercise training program patients exercised during the first 2 weeks in the hospital six times per day for 10 minutes on a bicycle ergometer at 70 of the symptom-limited maximal heart rate. Before discharge from the hospital the target heart rate for home training was determined by a maximal symptom-limited ergospirometry. The target heart rate was defined as 70 of the maximal heart rate during this symptom-limited exercise test. Patients were asked to exercise on their bicycle ergometer close to the target heart rate for...

Exercise and Myocardial Infarction

Assumed that this increased risk is confined to persons with pre-existing coronary artery disease. Approximately 4-20 of MIs occur during or soon after exertion.31-33 Physical exertion at a level 6 METs has been reported within 1 hour of acute MI in 4-7 of patients. However, the adjusted relative risk has been found to be greater in persons who do not regularly participate in physical activ-ity.31,32 Among sedentary individuals, the relative risk of MI during exercise was 107 times that of baseline, whereas among individuals who regularly exercise 5 times per week, the relative risk of infarction during exercise is only 2.4 times greater than that of baseline.31 This inverse relationship between regular physical activity and MI is of clinical importance because a person's functional capacity must be considered when recommending the intensity of an exercise endurance program. The least active subjects are at greatest risk for MI during exercise both leisure-time physical activity and...

Exercise Effects on Lipids and Weight

Higher amounts of exercise resulted in greater improvements than did lower amounts of exercise. But even lower amount of exercise had better responses than the control group. The improvements were related to the amount of activity and not to the intensity of exercise or improvement in fitness.34

The Time Course of Training Adaptations

The physiological changes in this phase include increases in skeletal muscle mass, strength, mitochondrial density, key aerobic enzyme activity, and fuel storage capacity. The cardiovascular system adapts to exercise by increasing capillary density in the exercised muscle, increased blood volume, increased left ventricular end-diastolic volume, and maximal stroke volume. Thereby each training cycle produces a higher fitness level which allows for greater workload and training benefits in the subsequent training sessions. Once regular training is stopped, the adaptations are gradually lost as a result of disuse - a phase termed reversal (Figure 19-2).

Differences in Physical Responses to Exercise in Health and Disease

The most important factors determining physiological adaptation and magnitude of improvements in exercise performance include age, intensity, duration and frequency of exercise, genetic background, and pretraining fitness levels. It has to be kept in mind that the gains in physical capacity achieved during prolonged training programs are greatest following initiation of the exercise program. Figure 19-3. Fitness improvements are greatest when training sessions coincide with the peak of the adaptation phase (A). If timed later no significant gains in fitness are to be expected if timed too early training sessions will result in worsening of function (C). (Reprinted with permission from Moyna.4) Figure 19-3. Fitness improvements are greatest when training sessions coincide with the peak of the adaptation phase (A). If timed later no significant gains in fitness are to be expected if timed too early training sessions will result in worsening of function (C). (Reprinted with permission...

Exercise Training in Patients after Valve Surgery

The known positive effects of exercise training on cardiovascular fitness, such as an improvement in general circulatory response to exercise with reduced heart rate and blood pressure, greater exercise tolerance, and attenuated progression of coronary artery disease,18 make a physical training program for patients after valve replacement particularly advisable since there are still patients who present for valve surgery after years of severe restriction of physical activity. This applies especially to elderly patients. Cardiorespiratory fitness is further impaired by surgical trauma, the effects of cardiopulmonary bypass, postoperative anemia, and inactivity, with the result that patients recovering from successful cardiac surgery can be in a markedly reduced state of car-diorespiratory fitness. Improving this is one of the major goals of exercise training. Controlled, but non-randomized study of exercise training revealed improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness 12 and 24 weeks...

Summary on Preventive Cardiology in Athletes

Young age.24 There is, however, recent evidence that physical fitness in youth rather than physical activity by itself is related to a healthy cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk profile later in life.25 Further, the evidence that activity in young age provides protection from CVD in adulthood is weak.26 Nevertheless, behavioral scientists argue that a focus on the behavior of physical activity is more appropriate for health behavior change and maintenance into adulthood than the outcome of fitness.

Chromatin Versus Other Determinants Of Aging

An intriguing example in this regard is the maternal-effect phenotype of mutations in the C. elegans CLK-1 gene (16). In Drosophila, an unexpected environmental input during development has been observed for flies selected for late-life fitness (13). In this case, the extended longevity characteristic of such flies is not evident unless the larvae are reared at a high density. Numerous examples of alternative life spans encoded by a single genome are cited by Finch (21), but remain at the phenomenological level. Of these, the most striking involves social insects such as honeybees, where alternative developmental pathways, queen versus worker, are associated with 10- to 100-fold differences in life span (21). Third, despite variation and plasticity, senescence can be described as having public versus private components (13). In this context, mechanisms involved in resistance to oxidative and other stresses may apply across multiple taxonomic groups. By contrast, age-related,...

Variation in viral genome size can be explained by variation in mutation rate

The variation in genome size is explained by different mutation rate operating on different genomes. It is necessary here to introduce the concept of fitness in evolutionary biology. Fitness of an individual is defined theoretically as the propensity of leaving offspring in future generations, and is measured operationally in two ways. The first, called absolute fitness is measured by the number of offspring brought up to breeding age. The second, called relative fitness, is typically measured as the ratio the absolute fitness of a mutant over the absolute fitness of a wild type individual. J. B. S. Haldane (1937) argued that, in equilibrium populations, the effect of deleterious mutation on average fitness depends primarily on the mutation rate and is independent of the severity of the mutations. In particular, the average fitness (w) at equilibrium depends on the genomic mutation rate according to the following equation for haploid or asexual diploid populations (Hopf et al., 1988...

Optimization Approaches

Genetic algorithms (GA) are another class of optimization techniques widely used within chemistry (98) that have been explored for library design. A GA is an attempt to utilize the Darwinian process of evolution in an optimization procedure. A solution is represented by a string of fixed length, the chromosome, and is evaluated according to some criterion to give the fitness score, for example, the phar-macophore coverage of the solution (78b). The GA maintains a number of chromosomes (potential solutions) that are ranked on their fitness and are then modified according to operators including mutation, where one element of the string is changed, and crossover, where the string is cut at some position and swapped with equivalent portions of another solution. These new solutions are evaluated and the process is repeated for a defined number cf iterations or until all (or most) solutions converge on one result. For library design, the string represents the selected monomers at each...

Development of field walking tests for the assessment of disability in patients with chronic cardiac and respiratory

Walking exercise tests in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were first described by McGavin et al. 1 , and represent a downgrade of a 12-min running test developed to assess the fitness of young healthy adults in the military 2 . Clearly, the vast majority of individuals with COPD are unable to run, and so the12-min walking test (12MWT) was proposed. From this test, several developments have arisen that are more commonly employed today 1) the 6MWT 3 , 2MWT and 4MWT 2) endurance walking test 4 3) 20-m shuttle running test 5 4) 10-m incremental shuttle walking test (SWT ISWT) 6 5) 10-m modified SWT 7 and 6) endurance SWT (ESWT) 8 .

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The docking poses found by GOLD are stored in MOL2 format. The ligand conformations are ranked according to their fitness score as calculated by the genetic algorithm. The final score is output in the mol2 file, and the best score for a particular ligand is transferred to a list (bestranking.lst). Results can be visualized using the usual software. A file called fit_pts.mol2 gives an impression of the size of the detected cavity.

Preventing False Confessions

The role of the forensic physician when assessing a suspect's fitness for interview is seen as fitting into this overall legal framework, the doctor's primary concern being to recognize any characteristics that might render the individual vulnerable to providing a false confession so that adequate safeguards can be put in place.

Definition of Fit for Interview

Until recently, there has been no clear definition of what precisely is meant by the term fit to be interviewed, and this has led to confusion among those doctors called on to perform these assessments (62). To address this deficiency, Norfolk (63) proposed a definition that was used as the starting point for discussion by a subgroup set up by the Home Office Working Party on Police Surgeons in the United Kingdom. That working party made an interim recommendation (64) that has now been modified and included in the 2003 revision of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act Codes of Practice (1), thus providing the first Parliamentary approved definition of the term fitness for interview. The Codes of Practice state that

Evolutionary and Genetic Algorithms

In the present context, evolutionary algorithms 261, 476 perhaps have a special flavor since their source of inspiration, evolution, is at the heart of our domain. Evolutionary algorithms are a broad class of optimization algorithms that attempt to simulate in some way the inner workings of evolution, as we (think we) understand it. One component common to all these algorithms is the generation of random perturbations, or mutations, and the presence of a fitness function that is used to assess the quality of a given point and filter out mutations that are not useful. In this sense, random descent methods and even simulated annealing can be viewed as special cases of evolutionary algorithms. One of the broadest subclasses of evolutionary algorithms is the genetic algorithms. Genetic algorithms 328, 330 and the related field of artificial life push the evolutionary analogy one step further by simulating the evolution of populations of points in fitness space. Furthermore, in addition to...

Historical Perspective

Regular physical exercise and a high exercise capacity have been hallmarks of health and vitality for millennia and were associated with a distinct survival advantage in a hostile environment. In the modern civilized environment it is usually not the external enemy who is to be defeated. One of the enemies of survival is lack of physical activity and the resulting decreased physical fitness both emerge once again as enemies of survival, this time in an all too friendly and comfortable environment.

Models of Colicin Evolution

Riley and co-workers have proposed a diversifying selection hypothesis in which sequence diversification is thought to occur in two stages, as shown in Fig. 3.3. First, a point mutation occurs in the immunity gene, giving it a broadened immunity function (the ability to bind multiple colicins) and thereby conferring a selective advantage ensuring higher fitness than for its wild-type neighbours in a population producing multiple colicins. Second, a compensating mutation in the toxin gene of the colicin occurs in the immunity protein-binding site, thereby generating a super killer phenotype (Riley 1993b). Superkillers kill ancestral colicin-producing cells, since the immunity gene of the ancestral strain is no longer capable of binding the new toxin (Fig. 3.3d). At the same time, the newly evolved colicin-producing cell is protected from the ancestral colicin, since its immunity protein can still bind to the ancestral toxin.

Recommendations for Physical Activity

For many of the affected children, no restriction of physical activity and sport is recommended.33,34 This group includes all children and adolescents whose heart defects were definitively corrected in infancy or early childhood (patent ductus arteriosus, small atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect), who do not have symptom-limited reduction of exercise capacity (group I.1). Even in patients with moderate residual defects (group 1.2) (such as moderate aortic valve disease), normal load can be permitted in physical education and physical activities in leisure time. This also applies to children and adolescents whose cardiac defects do not require surgery (group II, for instance small septal defects or insignificant valvular stenosis).35 Patient groups I.1, I.2, and II do need temporary participation in remedial programs and or adapted physical education if a restriction of physical fitness and or psychomotor deficits exists. In this context the indication for participation in...

CPET indices of relevance for cardiac patients

End Tidal Co2 Chf

In 1985, Weber and Janicki 27 reported a still frequently utilised classification of heart failure severity, based on Vo2,peak. The value of Vo2,peak is reported as normalised for body weight, but does not take age, sex or fitness into account. Fitness is an important determinant of exercise capacity in CHF patients. Furthermore, although the study by Weber and Janicki 27 reports Vo2 normalised for body weight, it does not take obese subjects into account. By recognising that fat has a very low metabolic rate, V -kg 1 will, therefore, underestimate the true Vo2 a better strategy would be to normalise to fat-free mass. This is an important issue for CHF, as obesity is frequently a comorbidity of CHF patients and also CHF can be misdiagnosed in obese subjects. The slope of the Fo2-WR relationship for incremental exercise is often used to make inferences about cardiovascular performance. The lower the KO2-WR slope, the worse the performance is likely to...

Colicin D A Possible Intermediate Between Pyocins and Colicins

The function of a second domain found in pyocins S2, S3 and AP41 also has not yet been determined. It could be a vestigial domain, similarly to the one described above for colicin D and klebicins. Perhaps, as a phage evolves to specialize as an R- or F-type pyocin, these new domains genes provide additional function to increase the fitness of the host cell, thereby giving them an edge over their competitors.

Sex Differences In Sexual Behavior

Females in the visual field, and thus facilitate their mating with a maximal number of females. Conversely, because women have a much greater parental investment in time and resources in reproduction, it would be disadvantageous for their reproductive behavior to be driven primarily by visual stimuli, and for them to be as quickly and broadly responsive to mating opportunities as men are. Instead, women are predicted to place a greater emphasis on social status, genetic fitness, and the ability of a potential mate to provide long-term commitment and protection.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs

Patients were less fit after a coronary event, in part because of lesser fitness prior to the event a lower peak exercise capacity was characteristic of elderly patients. Adherence to exercise was 90 ,51 and significant reduction in coronary risk factors occurred in elderly patients who participated in multifactorial cardiac rehabilitation. No complications or adverse outcomes of exercise training at elderly aged were described in any study. Elderly patients of both genders should therefore be strongly encouraged to participate in exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation.

Physical Activity Programs

Important factors can be variety, the use of appropriate equipment, games, music and opportunities for socializing. A home exercise program can usefully complement the organized session. Provision must be made for a wide range of initial levels of habitual physical activity and for a variety of disabilities. If water training and swimming is considered, one has to be aware that a considerable percentage of patients suffer from incontinence and should therefore not participate in this type of training.

Benefits from Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs

A limited number of studies and publications are available in the field of exercise therapy and cardiac rehabilitation in elderly patients.44-51,55-62 The benefits of exercise training and risk factor intervention have been described earlier in this chapter. Comparing the effects of different service provision of cardiac rehabilitation, either home-based or as outpatient hospital-based programs, Marchionni and colleagues found similar short-term effects in regard to total work capacity and quality of life in each age group. However, patients with home-based cardiac rehabilitation had more prolonged positive effects at lower costs.63 The addition of cognitive behavior therapy may lead to greater improvements in self-reported physical function, particularly for patients with lower functioning at baseline.64 Improvement in cardiovascular fitness may also lead to improved cognitive performance, as healthy older adults completing an exercise program showed significant gains in multiple...

Resistance to Coreceptor Inhibitors

In cells expressing both CCR5 and CXCR4, coreceptor switching of viruses passaged in the presence of coreceptor antagonists has been observed 73, 106 . For instance, when an R5 virus was passaged in the presence of AD101 (a CCR5 antagonist), the virus evolved to use CCR5 via an inhibitor-independent mechanism 106 . Similar results were observed with SCH-C, another CCR5 inhibitor 72,106 . Finally, when X4 and R5X4-tropic viruses were passaged in the presence of the CXCR4 antagonist AMD-3100, R5 viruses expanded in the cultures 41,46 . When CCR5 viruses persisted in the presence of AD101, the selected variants had various amino acid changes in Env, did not use CXCR4 for entry, and were able to replicate efficiently in PBMCs in a CCR5-dependent manner 106 . Despite their newly acquired resistance, these variants used CCR5 with reduced efficiency for entry into cell lines, implying that resistance might be associated with a loss in viral fitness 106 .

The return of the organism

The idea of the selfish gene really comes into its own when the interests of the gene and the organism part company. There are clearly cases in which this happens, and one of the best examples is that of the evolution of insect societies, primarily in the group of insects known as the Hymenoptera (ants, wasps and bees). In some hymenopteran species, as is well known, there are different social 'castes', including sterile workers. How can an evolutionary process that is based on the spread of fitter variants produce organisms whose fitness, by definition, is zero Well, if you work through the appropriate equations (and they're really quite simple ones), it turns out that a gene that is bad for its bearer will nevertheless spread through a population by natural selection if it benefits close relatives by a degree that outweighs its primary problem. One of the factors that affects this process is the degree of relationship between relatives and it is no accident that the genetic system...

Therapy Philosophy and Content

Second, return to developmentally appropriate activity is encouraged by increasing fitness and mobility, managing activity, rediscovering what was and can be valued in life, and developing methods of overcoming barriers to achieving valued activities. It is therefore important that the goals the young person has are ones that serve the person to do what he or she wants and is not imposed by others (parents, peers, or therapy staff). For example, walking 25 m may be a dull and pointless task to an adolescent, but walking to a caf with friends is an age-appropriate social and physical task that increases the possibility that the goal of walking 25 m is accomplished. Physical conditioning is also a core part of the program. However, physical exercise is undertaken in a number of settings to overcome the development of site-specific exercise behavior. Patients exercise in a room with no equipment, in their bedrooms, in a pool, and in a

Effects of Exercise Training in Heart Transplant Recipients

The pace should be increased over time to jogging with the objective to finally run 4.8km in 36 minutes (8km h) within 6-8 months. This led to improvement of VO2 from 22.2 to 27.9mL kg per minute and of peak power output from 107 to 161W. Gains were equivalent to the reversal of the cumulative effects of 12 years' aging. Unfortunately these gains in physical fitness of HTRs cannot be preserved. They are lost over time despite training at a rate of normal aging. Activity counseling should emphasize the absolute necessity of regular exercise training of at least 30-40 min daily, including slowly progressing warm-up, closed-chain resistive activities (e.g. bridging, half-squats, toe raises, use of therapeutic bands) and walking jogging cycling in order to make up for the period of prolonged physical deconditioning, counteract some of the effects of immunosuppression, and maintain good quality of life.

Case Study 1 Corporate CV Risk An Early Cause for Concern

Goldman Sachs, the international investment bank, has invested substantial monies in creating a comprehensive wellness center in London and has similar centers in New York and Frankfurt. This company is also developing similar wellness initiatives in their Far Eastern branches. Unilever, Marks & Spencer, and other European based companies are also developing programs focused on preventing and treating disease. In Holland, Achmea, a large insurance group, have recently taken a significant interest in linking fitness centers with wellness initiatives that ultimately will reduce cardiovascular risk and healthcare costs.8

The New Wellness Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional

With the development of new seamless care corporate wellness rehabilitation programs, there is an emerging need to create a new brand of healthcare professional. It would be highly desirable that such a wellness professional develops a skills set that combines the essential elements of clinical medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, nutrition, health fitness, and behavioral counseling. This mirrors, but on a broader scale, the nurse healthcare practitioner model already used in family practice in both North America and certain areas of Europe. Corporately this has already been recognized in the UK, with adidas, Wellness International and Technogym (Italy) all taking an interest in promoting the emergence of this new Wellness Professional. Most recently, a new and innovative

Directed Evolution for the Design of Macromolecular Bioassay Reagents

From the origin of life until the present time, enzymes and other biomolecules have been naturally selected for their abilities to perform relevant functions in a living cell. This slow biological evolution process is responsible for molecular design changes. Evolution and adaptation are necessary in order to cope with environmental and biological changes along the geological time span, improving the fitness of the selected phenotypes.

Caloric Restriction And Aging

CR also draws a connection between reproduction and aging. In the absence of reproduction, suppressed either by adverse environmental conditions, or by ablation of germ cells in C. elegans or Drosophila, the life span in prolonged. This occurs presumably in an attempt to delay reproduction until a more favorable time in order to ensure the survival of the species. Thus, we begin to see stretching the life span as another potential mechanism of evolution, and successful aging as possibly subject to evolutionary pressure rather than being beyond its effects. It is obvious from an examination of the remarkable ranges of the life span among related species, that given certain appropriate ecological niches, species can indeed evolve new life history strategies, including decreases in rates of aging and substantial enhancements of longevities. Field studies of sibling species have provided strong support for this statement (36). The genomic remodeling that accompanies such enhanced life...

The beginnings of bias

This is, again, a case of considering many possible worlds rather than only the actual world. To do this, I'd like to go back to the lunar crater analogy. Suppose our lunar lander (or population) is sitting in the middle of a flat crater base. Suppose that the crater is not one of the biggest ones, but rather one of intermediate size, so that we can avoid the Goldschmidtian can of worms and think in terms of biggish meso-mutations. Now suppose that the crater's rim is a rather jagged one that rises to almost mountainous proportions at some points, while other parts of the rim are just a gently undulating ridge, as illustrated in Figure 15. Now forget the lander and the crater and think in terms of a population and fitness plain peaks. We are now in that classic 'waiting for mutation' pause. The population eats, sleeps, reproduces, experiences mortality, and so on. That is, it does all the normal ecological things that populations do. But in evolutionary terms it does nothing, with the...

Io A deceptively simple question

The key question is what is the cause of fitness differences among the individuals in a population It doesn't matter what the population is - pondsnails in a pond or flies in a forest - the question is an entirely general one. It has two possible answers. First, it may be that the fitness differences are due to relations with the external environment. Take the flies in the forest, for example. Suppose that the forest has shifted to a higher ambient temperature due to global warming (seemingly a myth as I sit here writing this in mid-July with the outside temperature struggling to get above 10 degrees Celsius, 50 degrees Fahrenheit). Suppose also that there is considerable variation in body size among the different flies of which the population is composed. Flies, like many other small terrestrial invertebrates, fight a continual battle with desiccation. The warmer it gets, the faster they lose water, and the worse the problem becomes. But, as I learned when a first-year undergraduate...

Developments twin arrows

It's now time to bring development back into the picture in a more explicit way. As we noted in the previous chapter, internal selection can occur based on fitness differences between adults, so there is no logical necessity for this process to be linked to development other than for the obvious reason that adults arise through the developmental process. But there is another angle on all this, which does indeed suggest that internal selection and development may have a particularly close relationship. By the way, you will notice that I have debunked both 'internal' and 'external' selection in their pure forms, yet here I am starting to use these terms again as if I don't believe my own argument for a continuum. I must therefore stress that I do believe my argument, but I also need to be able to write in a relatively straightforward, non-cumbersome way. So phrases like 'selection in which 75 per cent of the fitness difference is due to a difference in internal integration and 25 per...

Evolvability organisms in bits

It may be that it is harder to find ways to reprogram development without loss of fitness in those more elaborated designs. Perhaps the very fact of choosing a particular kind of elaboration reduces the likelihood of being able to switch directions later. Perhaps realized evolution and future evolutionary potential are negatively correlated (Figure 22). Personally, I think there is probably something of merit

Environmental Correlates Of Dominance And Subjective Wellbeing

Several theories about the evolution of individual differences have been proposed. Most of these theories are based on frequency-dependent selection models, though some see personality as being related not to individual fitness but to random variation around some optimal species-specific mean (see Figueredo et al., 2005, for a review). Although there is still debate about the evolution of individual differences in personality, these hypotheses are all plausible explanations and all take into account the major known facts of personality. Two findings in particular the high genetic correlation between dominance and subjective well-being, and the relationships among chimpanzee dominance, reproductive success, and survival suggest to us that happiness in chimpanzees, and probably in humans, is a sexually selected fitness indicator. Put simply, a chimpanzee's smile is like a peacock's tail. Subjective well-being in chimpanzees, and probably humans, appears to satisfy two of the major...

The Finnish Heart Association

The groups are led by a team consisting of a nurse and a physiotherapist, and the implementation of the program is largely up to them. Doctors evaluate the patients' fitness for rehabilitation and any eventual restrictions in areas such as exercising. The Finnish Heart Association trains the group leaders and they receive extensive educational material for the group. Group leaders from each region get together about once every 6 months to assess their activities and to receive further training.

Powerduration relationship

It is evident from figure 16 that the expression of a given functional change (here an increase in CP) is WR dependent. At very high WRs, the absolute magnitude of improvement is small, while it is substantial at lower WRs closer to CP. This effect is a likely contributor to the substantial variability in improvement post-intervention that attends the application of an arbitrarily selected high-intensity constant-load test. Ideally, such tests should be designed within the construct of the patient's power-duration relationship. However, the dilemma facing the experimenter in this context is that it is not possible at present to determine a subject's CP from a single exercise test. Rather, several tests need to be undertaken in which the subject performs a range of exhausting WRs to the limits of tolerance, each on a separate occasion. The number of tests should be at least the minimum required to ensure a sufficiently confident fit to a hyperbolic model, certainly in normal subjects...

Exercise Testing in Asymptomatic Individuals Without Known CAD

In patients with a history of cardiac disease who are about to begin a fitness program, exercise testing is recommended in order to stratify the risk. The risk of sudden death in patients with cardiac disease during supervised exercise has been estimated at 1 per 784,000 hours, and is higher than that in the general population. Similarly, patients with diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension may benefit from exercise testing before a fitness program as a means of adjusting their training prescription. In asymptomatic patients without known cardiac disease, the

Differential diagnosis of EIB

In addition, poor physical fitness, in contrast to enthusiastic parental expectations, is a frequent occurrence among children and adolescents participating in sports. Among adolescent athletes undertaking heavy training, overtraining may sometimes represent a possible differential diagnosis for EIA.

Equipment and measurements

A treadmill exercise test has recently been described that provides a low initial metabolic rate and then increasing WR linearly to reach the subject's limits of tolerance in 10 min 27 . The imposed WR is calculated as that required to move the body up the treadmill slope against gravity. A linear increase in treadmill speed, combined with a curvilinear time course of grade, results in a linear WR increase. Using the individual's body weight, height, age and sex, the subject's predicted peak WR is determined. This target can then be moved up or down, depending on the pre-test assessment of likely exercise tolerance. Specifying the desired target peak WR, as well as the initial and maximal walking speeds, enables the speed and grade time course to be calculated. The protocol has been validated in a study of 22 healthy subjects of varying fitness who performed this treadmill protocol as well as ramp cycle ergometry. As for the cycle ergometer protocol, the VO2 time course was found to...

Drink Drugs Driving Impairment Assessment Form

Other Health Impairment Form

Note This form has been designed by Dr Ian F Wall on behalf of the Education and Research Committee of the Association of Police Surgeons for use by Police Surgeons (also known as Forensic Medical Examiners or Forensic Physicians) who have been trained in the use of Standardised Impairment Tests, The form is provided to assist Police Surgeons in determining whether a person has a condition, which may be due to drink or drugs and not necessarily due to impairment, It is to be regarded as an aide-memoire and it is therefore not necessary for all parts of the form to be completed. Some details are included so as to aid possible subsequent assessment of fitness for detention in custody. Where a test is abandoned the reasons should be recorded in Additional Particulars at 12, If the questions are read from a card, the wording should be identical to those used in this form and the card must remain available for production at court. On completion this form is the personal property of the...

The Natural Selection of HIV

The population of HIV is not stable during the asymptomatic period, however. HIV particles are constantly being reproduced because they continue to infect cells in the lymph nodes any time there is reproduction, mutation can occur. As a result, during the asymptomatic period new variants of HIV arise. Some of these HIV variants have mutated antigens. The change in antigens can be great enough that the antibodies that attacked the HIV particles produced early in the infection do not recognize the new variants. Thus, these new variants have higher fitness than the older variants as a result of their longer survival in the bloodstream. As the new HIV antigen variant becomes more common, the host's immune system develops an antibody to it, and HIV again begins to be cleared from the bloodstream until the next new antigen variant arises through mutation. In other words, the population of HIV inside the host is continually evolving, and the host's immune system is continually trying to...

What steers evolution

Since the 1980s, there has been a discernibly separate population subschool known as behavioural ecology and, associated with this, sociobiology. This school, as its name suggests, is delineated primarily by the type of characters that its members study behavioural rather than morphological or molecular ones. Also, although the behaviour of an animal, like its structure, is underlain by genes (as well as environmental influences), most behavioural ecologists operate primarily at the phenotypic level and devote little effort to genetic dissection of the behavioural traits that they study. A typical investigation by a behavioural ecologist might be a study of the breeding behaviour of a species of bird, including, for example, an attempt to quantify the degree of mate fidelity and the extent to which this variable (from monogamy to promiscuity) is related to fitness.

Externally paced exercise tests

Externally paced tests were developed as an alternative to self-paced tests in an attempt to improve standardisation and reproducibility 6 . These tests control the speed of walking by signals generated from a compact disc (CD). The ISWT for patients was derived from a 20-m shuttle running test described in the 1980s for the assessment of cardiorespiratory fitness of athletes 5 . The instructions and protocol are standardised and are pre-recorded on the CD for playing to the patient. The test requires that the patient walk around an elliptical course at speeds dictated by the CD. The speed is indicated by a series of bleeps, indicating when the patient should be turning around the marker and returning along the course. At the end of every minute, there is an additional signal that indicates that the individual should increase the speed of walking. The test is terminated if the patient 1) feels they are too breathless to continue with the test 2) fails to reach the cone in the time...

Ergogenic Aids Anabolic Steroids

Reverse Anabolic

The factors that are responsible for transporting oxygen from the heart to skeletal muscle are enhanced following anabolic steroid administration through increases in blood volume, red blood cells (RBC), and hemoglobin. This would appear to improve cardiovascular fitness by increasing oxygen transport capacity. However, most studies show that anabolic steroids do not significantly increase cardiovascular fitness Johnson et al., 1975 . This may be due to the increased blood viscosity resulting from the hemocon-centration effects of increasing RBCs and hemoglobin. Increases in blood viscosity may reduce blood flow to and from the heart and cause the heart to work harder in order to maintain cardiac output (Fig. 10.7).

Maximum Oxygen Uptake

Fitness of an individual is characterized by a mostly reproducible measurable quantity known as maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) that indicates a person's capacity for aerobic energy transfer and the ability to sustain high-intensity exercise for longer than 4 or 5 minutes (Fig. 9.3). The more fit, the higher is VO2max. Typical values are 2.5 L min for young male nonathletes, 5.0 L min for well-trained male athletes women have VO2max values about 70-80 as large as males. Maximal oxygen uptake declines with age steadily at 1 per year.

The Molecule That Supports All of Life

The abundance of water is a major reason Earth is habitable. in a classic book called 1'he Fitness of the Environment, ecologist Lawrence Henderson highlights the importance of water to life. While acknowledging that life adapts to its environment through natural selection, Henderson emphasizes that for life to exist at all, the environment must first be a suitable abode. In this chapter, you will learn how the structure of a water molecule allows it to form weak chemical bonds with other molecules, including other water molecules. This ability leads to unique properties that support and maintain living systems on our planet. Your objective in Lhis chapter is to develop a conceptual understanding of how water contributes to the fitness of Earth for life.

Alveolararterial oxygen difference

To date, there are few published arterial blood-gas data sets that allow direct comparison of pulmonary gas exchange between sexes. A recent review has discussed in detail sex and pulmonary gas exchange during exercise 136 . In the review by Hopkins et al. 136 , data compiled from previously published studies of 57 females (VO2,peak 3270 mL kg-1 min-1) and 135 males (VO2,peak 30-83 mL kg-1 min-1) showed that PA-a,O2 during heavy to peak exercise is greater in females than males for the same metabolic rate. Furthermore, 12 of the females with a VO2,peak of

Pathogenicity and Genomic Islands Structure Distribution and Function

Genetic elements similar to PAIs, but with no known virulence genes, are found in many of the sequenced bacterial genomes. These genetic elements and islands are given a general name-GEIs. GEIs are diverse and may contain genes for environmental adaptation (ecological islands), for symbiosis survival (symbiosis islands), and for parasitic life PAIs (105,106). Smaller islands (

Prophages Distribution Influence on Chromosome Structure and Virulence

Some of the phage genes cause major phenotypic changes of the host cell, including antigenic variation, resistance to infection by related phages, and increased virulence. The first phage-encoded virulence factor identified was the diphtheria toxin coded by the P-phage of Corynebacterium diphtheriae (99). Numerous phage-encoded virulence factors have since been identified (69,100) These include many extracellular toxins (e.g., Shiga toxins by H-19B phage in E. coli, neurotoxin by P-phage in Clostridium botulinum, cholera toxin by CTX in V. cholerae), type III secretion effector proteins (SopE, SseI, and SspH1 by SopE, GIFSY-2, and GIFSY-3 phages, respectively in S. enterica), as well as proteins that alter antigenicity, various hydrolytic enzymes, and adhesins. Many of these virulence factors are encoded by genes of lysogenic phages that are not essential for phage replication and growth, but enhance the fitness of the bacteria. These prophage genes are called morons (101).

Exercise tolerance and exercise intensity

Exercise tolerance is a reflection of how long a subject is able to sustain a particular activity the closest laboratory equivalent of this is a constant-load test. Although the tolerable duration of a given WR is recognised to be dependent on the intensity of the exercise being performed, there is currently, and surprisingly perhaps, no generally agreed scheme for characterising work intensity. The widely used procedure for assigning work intensity as a percentage of V'O2,max is, in most cases, not adequate in this regard. For example, while the onset of the metabolic (lactic) acidaemia of exercise (0L) occurs at 50 of V'o2, max, on average, the distribution is very large, extending from 35 to at least 80 in normal subjects 112 . Consequently, an assigned work intensity of 70 V'o2,max could result in one subject exercising at a sub-0L WR and being comfortable in a steady state, whereas another subject would be exhausted at V'O2,max e.g. 15 . A common exercise intensity should...

Cellular Senescence And Aging

However, it is consistent with the evolutionary hypothesis of antagonistic pleiotropy. This hypothesis predicts that the same traits that were selected to optimize fitness in young adult organisms can have unselected deleterious effects in aged organisms (170). The growth arrest associated with cellular senescence may be the selected trait, which suppresses tumorigenesis in young organisms. By contrast, the altered functions of senescent cells may be unselected traits that can have deleterious effects. Presumably, these deleterious effects are negligible in young tissues where senescent cells are rare. However, as organisms age, senescent cells accumulate (118-122). It is possible, then, that as senescent cells accumulate, their altered functions, particularly their secretory phenotype, compromise the physiology and integrity of tissues.

Walking for the assessment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Reduced functional capacity and the associated disability are arguably the most significant consequences for patients with chronic respiratory and cardiac disease. There is general agreement that the level of disability is reflected in measures of exercise tolerance. Laboratory-based tests are the gold standard by which cardiorespiratory fitness should be assessed. However, for practical reasons, this is not always possible. Equipment is expensive and it requires technical support to conduct the test and interpret the results. As an alternative to laboratory testing, simpler field-based exercise tests were, therefore, developed. These are largely based upon walking (although occasionally studies have included step or cycle ergometer modalities), as this is a common and acceptable form of activity to most people with chronic respiratory and cardiac disease. Stair- or step-climbing is a less frequently employed mode of testing in respiratory patients, but has been more widely used in...

Infection As An Alternate Hypothesis For Ms

One of the tenets of evolutionary biology is the role of fitness on disease. The essential feature of this theory is that all genetic diseases will have a negative impact on the fitness of the individual and will therefore eventually disappear. The higher the negative impact on fitness the earlier will be the deletion of the defective allele from the population. Hence, any disease that has been maintained for extended periods of time in a population is very likely to result from an environmental cause and is likely to be infectious.(27) A corollary to this view is that if a genetic defect is known to be present for many generations, then it has quite likely conferred a benefit on the fitness of the individual. In most Historical descriptions of disease that have features of MS have been known for over 300 years, although MS was described as a clinical entity only 125 years ago. The tenets of evolutionary fitness would suggest that MS is caused by environmental agents and, therefore,...

Background to Corporate Wellness Cardiac Rehabilitation

There are many corporations that have developed effective work site health promotion, fitness, wellness, and cardiac rehabilitation programs. The Johnson & Johnson Live for Life program has been made available to more than 25,000 employees at 43 locations in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Europe.2 The long-term aim of the program was to help contain healthcare costs attributable to unhealthy lifestyles that are amenable to modification in the work setting.2 Specific program objectives were to improve health knowledge, physical fitness, and nutrition, to control weight, stress, blood pressure, and alcohol con- Other schemes based in the US and Canada have developed programs that focused on health promotion, fitness, and wellness. For example, Motorola's wellness and disease management programs saved 3.93 for every dollar invested through reduced healthcare costs.4 This amounted to 6.5 million annual savings in medical expenses for lifestyle-related diagnoses (obesity, hypertension,...

Exercise pathophysiology in cardiac diseases

As in normal subjects, arterial oxygen content (Ca,02) increases at higher WRs in CHF patients, because of an increase in haemoglobin (Hb) concentration 4 , which promotes oxygen delivery to the exercising muscles. This certainly reflects exercise-induced haemoconcentration, due to an oncotic effect of increased intracellular metabolite levels in muscle, which accounts for 20 of the increase in C(a-vD02) at peak exercise for CHF patients 4 . However, a contribution from splenic contraction cannot be excluded 6 . Indeed, a reduction of spleen size has been documented after exercise in healthy humans 6 , and thalassaemic patients who have undergone splenectomy demonstrate less exercise-induced haemoconcentration than nonsplenec-tomised patients 7 . However, as arterial oxygen tension (Pa,o2) typically operates over the upper flat region of the oxygen dissociation curve during exercise in normal subjects (at least those of average fitness) and CHF patients, any increase in Pa,o2 will...

Analysis of Operant Respondent Contingencies

Model (US UR) also are selected by consequences. In this regard, it is interesting to observe that the salivary glands are activated when food is placed in the mouth as a result, the food can be tasted, ingested (or rejected), and digested. That is, there are notable physiological consequences following respondent behavior. If the pupil of the eye constricts when a bright light is shown, the result is an escape from retinal pain and avoiding retina damage. Respondents have come to exist and operate because they do something, and it is these consequences that maintain the operation of the reflex. One might predict that if the consequences of salivating (or blinking) did not result in improved performance, then neither response would continue they would not add to the fitness of the organism.

May R Berenbaum

By a predator to lure prey (16) are rightly regarded as allomonal but are not obviously defensive. By the same token, chemicals that reduce competition for limited resources, clearly beneficial to the producer, may be defensive of those resources but are not necessarily defensive in the life of the organism producing them. Allelopathic compounds produced by a plant species may increase fitness of that plant by preempting a resource, such as water or soil nitrogen, that might otherwise be exploited by other plants (17), but in the sense that such compounds can kill potential competitors (such as nonconspecific seedlings) they are used in an offensive fashion, as for range expansion at the expense of another organism.


Behaviour benefiting another individual at the expense -of the agent. Widespread and apparently at odds with Darwinian theory, which predicts that any genetic component of such behaviour should be selected against. Theories of altruism in biology tend to be concerned with cost-benefit analysis, as dictated by the logic of natural selection. One component of Darwinian fitness may be the care a parent bestows upon its offspring, although this is not usually considered altruism, Hamilton's rule indicates the scope for evolutionary spread of genetic determinants of altruistic character traits, compatibly with Darwinian theory, and explains the evolution of parental care, while showing that reciprocal altruism can evolve even in the absence of relatedness between participants (e.g. members of different species). mul t i cel l ul arity may afford opportunities for sacrifice of somatic cells (e.g. leucocytes) for a genetically related germ line harbouring the potentially immortal...

Resistance Training

But it also has positive influences on existing conditions such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and diabetes.31 One of the most important effects of resistance training is its influence on bone health. Numerous cross-sectional and longitudinal studies have observed higher bone mineral density at multiple sites after resistance training. For these reasons, many governing bodies, including the AHA, ACSM, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health, now consider resistance training an integral component of a fitness or rehabilitation program.1-4,6

Cardiac output

Where m is the slope and c is the Q intercept (fig. 10), with values of approximately five for both m and c, for exercise performed at sea level and in a temperate climate, when Q ' and V'o2 are expressed in units of L-min-1. This relationship is not appreciably affected by training or fitness, although it extends to higher maximal values for both Q and V o2 after training and with increasing fitness.

Creactive protein

The degree of physical activity fitness can also affect CRP concentrations 82 . Individuals with a low cardiorespiratory fitness (who are also often sedentary) exhibit increased CRP levels compared with fit individuals. Such a difference remained significant even after adjustment for the degree of adiposity, assessed by the body mass index (BMI) 83 . Since endurance exercise training affects risk factors for coronary heart disease (glucose tolerance and insulin effectiveness, body composition, plasma lipoprotein levels, fibrinolysis and thrombosis, endothelial function, etc.) 84 , it is of interest to evaluate the extent to which exercise training might affect inflammation and, if so, what are the parameters affected by exercise training possibly associated with its beneficial effect on CRP levels.


An impressive body of scientific evidence has accumulated over several decades documenting the importance of physical fitness and physical activity in reducing the risk for cardiovascular and all-cause morbidity and mortality. This evidence has met the scientific test of replication. Even modest amounts of activity, such as the minimal recommendations put forth by major health organizations (30 minutes day of moderate activity, or 1000kcal week) are associated with 30-40 reductions in morbidity and mortality. Likewise, relatively small improvements in fitness level (e.g. 1-MET) can have dramatic effects on health outcomes (10-25 reductions in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality). The greatest potential for benefit has been consistently shown to occur among the least fit or least active individuals in a given population. Stated differently, sedentary or unfit individuals appear to benefit the most from initiating an exercise program. While an individual's fitness level is in part...

Peak Exercise VO2

Peak VO2 is usually measured at the end of the test. Results are given in mL min or in mL min kg. Because this kind of indexation has limitations in obese or lean subjects, peak VO2 should probably be indexed by predicted values in order to take into account the effect of age, sex, and previous level of fitness. A peak VO2 of 18mL min kg may correspond to a normal value for a 70-year-old woman. Conversely, a value of 25 mL min kg may represent a severe limitation to exercise in a 25-year-old former athlete.

Main Messages

Exercise training provides a wide range of cardioprotective benefits both for the healthy population and for the coronary patient. Over the years physical training has remained the cornerstone of comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation worldwide. In this chapter the numerous effects of exercise training are described and the risks of training are mentioned. New knowledge on the cellular level, i.e. endothelial function, is included. Thus, the rationale for the use of exercise training components in cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation remains convincing and unaltered. The chapter concludes with recommendations for prescribing physical activity and maintaining physical fitness in patients with coronary artery disease. A multifactorial intervention including dietary measures, blood glucose control, antihypertensive treatment, and regular physical exercise does have a positive influence on the modifiable risk factors, and improves cardiovascular fitness and anginafree exercise...

Elderly Patients

In addition to having heart failure, elderly people often suffer from disability caused by mental depression, low aerobic fitness levels, low skeletal muscle mass, and presence of orthopedic co-morbidities. Despite these factors, the elderly benefit equally from cardiac rehabilitation, but from a lower baseline.

Focus on Fit not

For most people, slowly working toward being fit rather than trying the latest fad diet is a more realistic and attainable way to achieve the positive health outcomes we all desire. In fact, fitness may be more important than body weight in terms of health. Studies show that fit but overweight people have better health outcomes than unfit slender people. In other words, lack of fitness has a higher risk associated with it than does excess body weight. Therefore, it makes more sense to focus on eating right and exercising than it does to focus on the number on a scale.


Proportionate- reduction in contribution to the gene pool (at a specified time t) made by gametes of a particular genotype, compared with the contribution made by the standard genotype, which is usually taken to be the most favoured. If s 0.1, then for-every 100 zygotes produced by the favoured genotype only 90 are produced by the genotype selected against, and the genetic contribution' of the unfavoured genotype is 1 - s. see fitness.


However, those patients with epilepsy without significant brain damage do, nonetheless, remain prone to cognitive impairment, particularly memory impairment, as a result of their epilepsy and its treatment. The potential impact of this cognitive impairment must be considered when assessing a patient with epilepsy's fitness for interview.


A detainee who is being adequately treated for myxedema poses no particular problem for the physician assessing fitness for interview. However, an individual with undiagnosed or undertreated hypothyroidism may exhibit mental manifestations that are as important as the physical. The typical picture is of mental lethargy, general dulling of the personality, and slowing of all cognitive functions. In particular, the patient with hypothyroidism shows deficits in memory, abstraction, conceptual organization, and mathematical ability (95).

Diabetes Mellitus

Although confusion is a prominent feature in patients who are slipping into hyperglycemic coma, this condition is rarely seen in police custody. Questions relating to fitness for interview and the potential reliability of a detainee's confession are more likely to involve those with hypoglycemia.

Emotional Responses

Consider what happens when someone puts money in a vending machine and is not reinforced with an item (e.g., a beverage). The person who is placed on extinction may hit the machine, curse, and engage in other emotional behavior. Soda machines once killed several U.S. soldiers. Young soldiers at the peak of physical fitness are capable of emitting forceful operants. When some of the soldiers put money in soda machines that failed to operate, extinction-induced emotional behavior became so powerful that the men pulled

The Fossil Record

Darwinian Fitness, Longevity, and Menopause Mortality seems to have worked very well as a characteristic of life as witness mortality's presence in all categories of eukaryotic organisms but one is hard pressed to think of any adaptive advantage death has for individuals (other than relief from pain).99 Typically, biologists suggest that death helps the group by making room at the top where a new generation may have access to limited resources. Explanations of this sort raise the specter of group selection positing a selective advantage for the group and are generally thought to be flawed, since Darwinism requires a selective advantage for individuals rather than groups. The trick frequently used to make group selection acceptable is simply to paraphrase an advantage for the group in terms of inclusive or Darwinian fitness. Inclusive fitness includes all the ways, no matter how indirect or devious, genes get into the next generation. One's reproduction is certainly the most obvious...

Oxygen pulse

As the fc-VO2 relationship has a negative intercept on the VO2 axis (for further details see Chapters 1 and 2), the O2 pulse will increase with a hyperbolic profile as WR increases (for further details see Chapters 1 and 2) 53 . The steeper fc-VO2 relationship in unfit subjects means that their O2 pulse profile will be relatively shallow 54 . Therefore, the O2 pulse at peak exercise is dependent on fitness, as well as body mass, sex, age and haemoglobin concentration, for example, being low in anaemic conditions. Larger than predicted peak oxygen pulse values are seen in patients with heart transplants 55 , p-blockers and chronotropic incompetence 56 and fixed cardiac pacemakers 57 . Predicted peak values for adults are presented in table 4.

Theory of Evolution

As the central concept of Darwin's theory of evolution, natural selection implies that the fittest survive and spread their traits through a population. This concept is referred to as the survival of the fittest. The fitness implied is reproductive fitness, that is, the ability to survive in the environment and propagate the species. Natural selection serves as a sieve to remove the unfit from a population and allow the fittest to reproduce and continue the population. Today, scientists know that other factors also influence evolution.

Rehabilitation Goals

The specific rehabilitation goals are formulated from the patient's individual situation (age and stage of life,severity of the disease, time-span from the intervention, postoperative sequelae, co-morbidity, family and social situation, etc.). As a consequence of the diversity and complexity of cardiac defects and their effects on the whole life situation, the need for rehabilitation varies substantially, as do the corresponding rehabilitation goals. As an example, the general development of a child's personality is not only affected by medical and therapeutic interventions and or improvement of physical fitness, but is also significantly influenced by emotional, psychosocial, and cognitive aspects of development. On the other hand, in adolescents education and coping strategies may be the main focus. This may involve providing extensive information about the cardiac defect, a personal history of the disease and its prognosis, past interventions and their consequences for heart and...

Natural selection

Environmental fitness may be expressed in several ways. For example, it may involve an individual's ability to avoid predators, it may imply a greater resistance to disease, it may enhance ability to obtain food, or it may mean resistance to drought. Fitness may also be measured as enhanced reproductive ability, such as in the ability to attract a mate. Better-adapted individuals produce relatively more offspring and pass on their genes more efficiently than less-adapted individuals.


Crime statistics show a clear association between heavy drinking and criminal behavior, the association being most marked in relation to violent crimes. One review found that the incidence of alcohol-related violent crime ranged from 24 to 85 , which contrasted dramatically with the 12-38 incidence of alcohol-related nonviolent crime (118). Although some have confirmed the association between alcohol and crime (119,120), a direct causal link between the two has been disputed (121). Nonetheless, alcohol assumes an importance in clinical forensic medicine because of its link with criminal activity and by virtue of the significant role it plays in a large number of assessments regarding fitness for detention (122-124). Accordingly, a thorough understanding of the metabolism, effects, and problems associated with

Late Century Reform

On the whole, physical reformers in the last twenty or so years of the century could look back on a lot of specific achievements in the field of public hygiene, many of which had been (or were in the process of becoming) institutionalized. The key reform in Britain was obviously the capture of central and local government and the creation of an ethos of sanitary need. Municipal socialists and commercial developers were now starting to rebuild the towns through mass slum clearances, all new housing was fully plumbed and drained, and a whole cadre of doctors had moved into public health. A great deal of municipal and state effort was now also being put into adult physical fitness training, and in the new state and Church schools children were now being exercised and taught the basic rules of hygiene and popular physiology, collectively, for the first time. The Early Hours Movement released and in part was designed to release male and female clerks and shop assistants from their work in...

Physical Activity

Physical activity is a key element for health in younger and in older people. There is good scientific evidence that physical training leads to improved cardiovascular fitness in elderly patients.26-28 The risk of complications with physical exertion is acceptable if the training is preceded by screening for contraindications and followed by recommendations in regard to training intensity.29,30 Furthermore regular physical activity helps to prevent important conditions in older age such as osteoporosis, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, hypertension, stroke, and perhaps even some cancers such as colon Regular exercise increases strength, endurance, and flexibility.30-32 In percentage terms, the improvements seen in elderly people are similar to those in younger people. However, there is a larger variation due to patient selection in regard to gender, initial fitness and type, intensity, frequency, and duration of the training program. The maximal increase of aerobic capacity...

Promoter Evolution

The precise affinity of a binding site for a particular transcription factor is sometimes functionally important. In cases in which high- and low-affinity variants of the binding site sequence have different phenotypic consequences, purifying selection will eliminate variants that bind protein but result in lower fitness, and, conversely, specific variants that confer a fitness advantage should be under positive selection.

Practice Worldwide

By Oertel,3 followed by Peter Beckmann.6 Patients were put together in groups of similar physical fitness, and the goal to be achieved was to make a proper mountain climbing tour at the end of this rehabilitation period. Koenig and Halhuber added psychological counseling and social support as essential components.16 In the days of a booming economy with the ever-present need for a large workforce, such rehabilitation centers proliferated within Germany and neighboring countries. Now that the economy is lagging, the number of centers is declining, being replaced in a less comprehensive way by ambulatory programs.16,25 7. Naughton J, Balke B, Poarch A. Modified work capacities studies in individuals with and without coronary artery disease. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 1964 4 208-212.

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