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An underused type of knee surgery in younger patients shows considerable success in reducing the need for total knee replacement, a new study suggests. The surgery, named high tibial osteotomy, is a knee surgery aimed at younger patients in the earlier stages of knee osteoarthritis, according to the study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
“One of its goals is to prevent or delay the need for knee replacement,” said co-author Trevor Birmingham from the Western University in Canada.
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“In some ways, it’s like performing a front-end alignment on your car to stop asymmetric wear on your tires and increase their longevity,” Birmingham added.
Knee osteoarthritis is a common cause of pain and disability and puts a tremendous burden on health care systems. Total knee replacement is frequently performed on older patients with end-stage disease and limited mobility. Of the patients in this study getting high tibial osteotomy (643 knees in 556 patients), 95 percent did not need a total knee replacement within 5 years, and 79 percent did not get a total knee replacement within 10 years.
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Even in patients traditionally not considered ideal candidates for high tibial osteotomy (e.g., women and patients with later-stage disease), about 70 percent did not get a knee replacement within 10 years.
The procedure is particularly suitable for people who are younger, have less severe joint damage, and who may be more physically active. “Those patients especially contribute to the burden of knee osteoarthritis,” the researchers said. “There is a treatment gap between exhausting non-operative treatments and appropriateness for joint replacement, resulting in many years of pain, lost productivity, and associated costs,” they added. (IANS)
By Himanshu Agarwal
After all, smart living is also about smart breathing. Unless we breathe clean and pure air even within our homes, smart living remains an incomplete aspiration. Therefore, as we pivot big time to a modern lifestyle with nearly 24/7 gadgets, utilities, and network dependency within our homes, a sense of balance with respect to the indoor ambiance must also be attained. And this balance necessarily means breathing pristine, unadulterated pure air even at homes.
Don't forget we breathe 24/7 even when living in smart homes
Of course, in this time and age when we are actively using some smart device or the other within the premises of our smart homes most of the time, the point that we are also breathing 24/7 need not be as labored. However, the question is: whether the quality of the air that we are breathing indoors is commensurate with the aspiration for this so-called quality of life and experience of living in high-class homes. In other words, even as we think we are living the 'high life' using all the fancy gadgets and increasing convenience in life, unless we breathe the right air, the desire and dream of quality living will not find true meaning.
Indoor air is worse than outdoor air
Efficient energy use reminds us of the need for efficient human energy too
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Keywords: smart homes, energy, indoor, air, breathing, outdoor, smart, air purification
By - Jhon Richardson
Buying clothes without trying it on
Sweating the small stuff
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Buying on impulse
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Shopping for others more than yourself
Settling for second best
Shopping in haste
Failing to consider your current wardrobe
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Buying things only because they're on sale
Focusing too much on the price tag
Not checking how something will fit before buying it
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Keywords: Shopping, Impulse, Sale, Clothes, Mistakes