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      Frailty and Adverse Outcomes After SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Elderly Patients on Maintenance Hemodialysis: A Cohort Study


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          Frailty is an important geriatric syndrome associated with aging and adverse events, especially in patients with severe infection. To help guide prognosis for elderly patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) who experience acute infection, this study investigated whether baseline (pre-infection) frailty may be associated with adverse outcomes in elderly patients undergoing MHD who suffer SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) infection.

          Patients and Methods

          Patients (aged ≥60 y) receiving MHD had been assessed for overall frailty and the 5 frailty components based on the Fried Frailty Phenotype scale within 3 months prior to SARS-CoV-2 infection.


          There were 59 and 98 patients in the frail and non-frail groups, respectively. Three months after SARS-CoV-2 infection, 21 (13.4%) and 45 (28.7%) patients had died or were in hospital. The multivariate COX proportional risk model suggested that the all-cause mortality rate in patients judged overall frail or with low activity was significantly higher compared with that of the non-frail ( P = 0.049; 0.003). The multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that hospitalization 3 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection was associated with both overall frailty and low activity (OR 2.276, 95% CI: 1.034–5.010, P = 0.041; OR 2.809, 95% CI: 1.311–6.020, P = 0.008, respectively).


          Overall frailty and specifically low activity were significantly associated with all-cause mortality and hospitalization in this elderly MHD population after SARS-CoV-2 infection. Early assessment of frailty and effective interventions are recommended to improve the prognosis of patients receiving MHD who are at higher risk of acute infection.

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          Clinical course and risk factors for mortality of adult inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective cohort study

          Summary Background Since December, 2019, Wuhan, China, has experienced an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of patients with COVID-19 have been reported but risk factors for mortality and a detailed clinical course of illness, including viral shedding, have not been well described. Methods In this retrospective, multicentre cohort study, we included all adult inpatients (≥18 years old) with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 from Jinyintan Hospital and Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital (Wuhan, China) who had been discharged or had died by Jan 31, 2020. Demographic, clinical, treatment, and laboratory data, including serial samples for viral RNA detection, were extracted from electronic medical records and compared between survivors and non-survivors. We used univariable and multivariable logistic regression methods to explore the risk factors associated with in-hospital death. Findings 191 patients (135 from Jinyintan Hospital and 56 from Wuhan Pulmonary Hospital) were included in this study, of whom 137 were discharged and 54 died in hospital. 91 (48%) patients had a comorbidity, with hypertension being the most common (58 [30%] patients), followed by diabetes (36 [19%] patients) and coronary heart disease (15 [8%] patients). Multivariable regression showed increasing odds of in-hospital death associated with older age (odds ratio 1·10, 95% CI 1·03–1·17, per year increase; p=0·0043), higher Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score (5·65, 2·61–12·23; p<0·0001), and d-dimer greater than 1 μg/mL (18·42, 2·64–128·55; p=0·0033) on admission. Median duration of viral shedding was 20·0 days (IQR 17·0–24·0) in survivors, but SARS-CoV-2 was detectable until death in non-survivors. The longest observed duration of viral shedding in survivors was 37 days. Interpretation The potential risk factors of older age, high SOFA score, and d-dimer greater than 1 μg/mL could help clinicians to identify patients with poor prognosis at an early stage. Prolonged viral shedding provides the rationale for a strategy of isolation of infected patients and optimal antiviral interventions in the future. Funding Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Innovation Fund for Medical Sciences; National Science Grant for Distinguished Young Scholars; National Key Research and Development Program of China; The Beijing Science and Technology Project; and Major Projects of National Science and Technology on New Drug Creation and Development.
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            A new coronavirus associated with human respiratory disease in China

            Emerging infectious diseases, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Zika virus disease, present a major threat to public health 1–3 . Despite intense research efforts, how, when and where new diseases appear are still a source of considerable uncertainty. A severe respiratory disease was recently reported in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. As of 25 January 2020, at least 1,975 cases had been reported since the first patient was hospitalized on 12 December 2019. Epidemiological investigations have suggested that the outbreak was associated with a seafood market in Wuhan. Here we study a single patient who was a worker at the market and who was admitted to the Central Hospital of Wuhan on 26 December 2019 while experiencing a severe respiratory syndrome that included fever, dizziness and a cough. Metagenomic RNA sequencing 4 of a sample of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from the patient identified a new RNA virus strain from the family Coronaviridae, which is designated here ‘WH-Human 1’ coronavirus (and has also been referred to as ‘2019-nCoV’). Phylogenetic analysis of the complete viral genome (29,903 nucleotides) revealed that the virus was most closely related (89.1% nucleotide similarity) to a group of SARS-like coronaviruses (genus Betacoronavirus, subgenus Sarbecovirus) that had previously been found in bats in China 5 . This outbreak highlights the ongoing ability of viral spill-over from animals to cause severe disease in humans.
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              Frailty in Older Adults: Evidence for a Phenotype


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                Clin Interv Aging
                Clin Interv Aging
                Clinical Interventions in Aging
                23 November 2023
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                : 1937-1948
                [1 ]Department of Geriatrics, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University , Beijing, People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]Department of Nephrology, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University , Beijing, People’s Republic of China
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Qing Ma, Department of Geriatrics, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University , 95, Yong-an Road, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100050, People’s Republic of China, Tel +86 10 63137641, Fax +86 10 63138730, Email maqing3@163.com

                These authors contributed equally to this work

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                Figures: 4, Tables: 9, References: 40, Pages: 12
                Funded by: Capital Health Research and Development;
                Capital Health Research and Development of Special Fund (2022-2-2028).
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                Health & Social care
                Health & Social care
                sars-cov-2, covid-19, hemodialysis, frailty, elderly, prognosis


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