By Beverly Britton
After centuries of incorrect information approximately hemophilia, the technology of genetics and the data of ways blood clots opened the door for knowing, new remedies, and a extra common way of life for victims of the illness. Researchers proceed pursuing a therapy for hemophilia within the twenty first century. (20051001)
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They based their finding on previous work by a doctor in Argentina. In 1944, Dr. Pavlosky, the doctor in Argentina, performed a lab test in which he mixed the blood of two hemophiliacs. To his surprise, the blood of each hemophiliac, when mixed with the other blood, caused clotting. At the time, there was no explanation for the phenomenon. Biggs, Douglas, and Mcfarlane used Dr. Pavlosky’s discovery eight years later when they were trying to solve the mystery of Stephen Christmas’s bleeding disorder.
The death rate for hemophiliacs treated at hemophilia centers is 40 percent lower than for those treated elsewhere. This lower death rate is attributed to care by professionals who have experience with hemophilia on a daily basis and are knowledgeable about the latest treatments. Services at HTCs include everything from diagnosis to dental care and patient education. 50 Hemophilia Hemophilia treatment centers promote the use of home-infusion programs so that bleeding episodes are treated immediately.
Cost is another factor in its favor, since an average dose of DDAVP costs $100, as compared with between $400 and $1,000 for a dose of factor VIII. The disadvantage is its limited use, since only those with mild hemophilia A benefit from it. Physical therapy is another important treatment for hemophilia. Physical therapists use stretching, movement exercises, and weight lifting with hemophilia patients. Other treatments employed may include splints, ice, heat, ultrasound, nerve stimulation, and water therapy, which creates less stress on joints than weight-bearing exercises while providing necessary exercise.