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Wasting Away: Managing Weight and Muscle Loss in Chronic Diseases
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When: Thursday, November 30, 2017
6:30 PM
Where: Oregon Club
117 Oregon Road
Ashland, Massachusetts  01721
United States
Contact: Kimberley Maise, DVM

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Presentation Overview:


Cachexia and sarcopenia are two important syndromes that occur in chronic disease and aging, respectively.   Sarcopenia is similar to cachexia in that it is characterized by muscle loss, but sarcopenia is a syndrome seen during aging in the absence of disease. Cachexia and sarcopenia are both associated with increased morbidity and mortality.  As a result, efforts are being made to combat this syndrome in people and companion animals, and to improve outcome for the wide variety of disease with which it is associated. Both of these syndromes are becoming increasingly important in human and veterinary medicine because of their high prevalence and deleterious effects, and a better understanding of these syndromes is critical to optimize patient care.  This high interest is spurring the development of new drugs, diets, and other treatments to combat these syndromes in people. This talk will focus on mechanisms of cachexia and sarcopenia, diagnosing them at their earliest stages, and managing them through nutrition and medications.

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