10. Persistent or high fever
A doctor should be consulted when a low-grade fever (100.4 to 103 F) persists for more than a week. Fever can indicate a urinary tract infection or more serious illnesses such as immune disorders or cancer. A sudden high fever, greater than 103 F, requires immediate evaluation.
Knee Replacements on the Upswing
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The knee replacement business is booming. Media reports cite an expected 525 percent increase by 2030, according to the November issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource.
The newsletter describes reasons for this increase, new techniques for
knee replacement, and who might benefit. Highlights include:
-- Knee replacements are increasing because people are living longer and,
to remain active, want the procedure done sooner rather than later.
-- An increasing number of people who have advanced arthritis -- which
could be related to ever-rising rates of obesity -- likely is
contributing to the demand for knee replacement.
-- Today's artificial knees are significantly improved over early
versions, which were little more than basic hinges. A surgeon can choose
a design that's suited to the size and needs of each patient.
-- Some artificial knee joints have been marketed specifically for women,
but there's no clear evidence that a gender-specific knee implant
is more effective. Many implants are manufactured in sizes that fit a
woman's knee but aren't necessarily labeled a woman's
-- Several procedures are used to fix a damaged knee. Minimally invasive
knee replacement is a
|SOURCE Mayo Clinic|
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