COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the world. And though treatments exist to improve the symptoms of COPD, there is no way to slow the progression of the condition or cure it.
The main difficulty in finding a cure is COPD’s heterogeneous nature – the disease can be thought of as an umbrella term for various symptoms, the most prominent being inflammation of the small airways and destruction of the air sacs, or alveoli, in the lungs. There are also varying genetic and environmental risk factors for COPD, as well as differences in disease exacerbation and progression.
To develop novel therapies to treat specific subtypes of COPD, and potentially even to reverse some of the symptoms, scientists at UCSF are taking a precision medicine approach to the disease. They are also searching for improved biomarkers that can match treatments to the patients who will benefit from them the most. Link in bio.
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Knee replacement is a surgery used for people with severe knee damage. Surgeons recommend this type of surgical procedure if the patient's medication and treatment are not helping at all. When a total knee replacement is done, the surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from the surface of the knee joint and replaces them with a surface of metal and plastic. In a partial knee replacement, the surgeon only replaces one part of the knee joint.
Some of the symptoms that may be indicative of a knee replacement include: unstable pain, localized or widely radiating pain, symptoms aggravated by walking or exercise and persists even on resting, stiffness tenderness swelling and warmth may also be present, and angular deformity (most common genu varus), which is a late manifestation.
One of the most important things to do after surgery is to emphasize getting out of bed as soon as clinically possible and start moving. "Motion is Lotion" for our joints. Most people begin to walk with the assistance of a walker the day after surgery, to using only a cane. The majority of people require physical therapy modalities and exercises following surgery. These modalities can accelerate the rehabilitation process depending on the patient's severity of the condition. Some of the complications that may present after surgery include: scarring, blood clots (commonly due to not moving for long periods of time post-surgery), and sepsis.
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