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What does it mean if your RDW is high?

Hematology - سبت, 04/21/2018 - 19:00
A red cell distribution width (RDW) blood test can help detect the presence of anemia, along with what could be causing it. The test identifies the size difference between the biggest and smallest red blood cells in a sample. In this article, we look at what to expect when having this test, and when it might be used.
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What causes blood in sputum?

Hematology - سبت, 04/21/2018 - 13:00
Seeing blood in sputum or mucus can be worrying, but it is usually not a cause for concern. If a person is young or generally healthy, these traces of blood are often caused by a mild infection or bronchitis. In serious cases, they can indicate a severe infection or lung cancer. Learn about causes and treatments here.
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15 ways to prevent pregnancy

Pregnancy / Obstetrics - جمعة, 04/20/2018 - 22:00
A person can choose from a wide range of methods to avoid pregnancy. Non-hormonal methods include condoms and natural family planning, where a person tracks their cycle of fertility. Hormonal methods include the pill, implants, and IUDs. Find out about preventing pregnancy, and when to take a pregnancy test, here.
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Have some humans evolved into real-life merfolk?

Hematology - جمعة, 04/20/2018 - 10:00
Can the human body adapt to fit different environments? Sea nomad people from Southeast Asia testify to humans' versatility and endurance.
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Have some humans evolved into real-life merfolk?

Genetics - جمعة, 04/20/2018 - 10:00
Can the human body adapt to fit different environments? Sea nomad people from Southeast Asia testify to humans' versatility and endurance.
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Is it lung cancer? This blood test can tell

Cancer - خميس, 04/19/2018 - 18:00
To tell lung cancer from benign tumors, specialists often have to use invasive methods. Yet researchers say that a simple blood test can change that.
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Added to chemotherapy, this drug doubles lung cancer survival

Cancer - خميس, 04/19/2018 - 17:00
Adding immunotherapy to chemotherapy doubled survival in a trial of metastatic nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer lacking EGFR and ALK mutations.
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How long can a person live with congestive heart failure?

Hematology - أربعاء, 04/18/2018 - 22:00
Congestive heart failure is a progressive disease that causes the heart to weaken, making it difficult to pump blood around the body. In this article, we look at the symptoms, stages, and life expectancy of congestive heart failure. We also look at treatment options, including lifestyle changes and surgery.
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How to increase hemoglobin: Home remedies

Hematology - أربعاء, 04/18/2018 - 16:00
A variety of conditions and lifestyle factors can lead to a reduction in hemoglobin. Common causes include anemia, pregnancy, and thyroid conditions. One way to increase hemoglobin is to consume more iron and folate. Here, learn other ways to boost hemoglobin levels. We also describe normal ranges for men and women.
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How can I stabilize my blood pressure?

Hematology - ثلاثاء, 04/17/2018 - 21:00
A wide range of factors influences blood pressure, including anxiety, stress, and medications. High blood pressure can have severe complications, such as a heart attack or stroke. A person can address fluctuating blood pressure with home remedies and lifestyle changes. Learn more about normalizing blood pressure here.
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Prostate cancer: Big data unlocks 80 new drug targets

Cancer - ثلاثاء, 04/17/2018 - 18:00
In the largest study of its type, researchers find several new prostate cancer drug targets by harvesting and analyzing reams of genetic data.
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Prostate cancer: Big data unlocks 80 new drug targets

Genetics - ثلاثاء, 04/17/2018 - 18:00
In the largest study of its type, researchers find several new prostate cancer drug targets by harvesting and analyzing reams of genetic data.
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Are RAST or skin tests better for allergies?

Hematology - ثلاثاء, 04/17/2018 - 15:00
A doctor may use a number of tests to check whether someone is allergic to certain substances. These include skin tests and blood tests. Blood tests include RAST and ELISA tests. Learn more about the procedure and results of RAST tests, and how this allergy diagnosis test compares with skin tests.
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What is serum cholesterol?

Hematology - ثلاثاء, 04/17/2018 - 13:00
Serum cholesterol is a measurement of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is considered good, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is considered bad, and triglycerides. A person's serum cholesterol level can help to determine whether they should change their diet or lifestyle. Learn more here.
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Low anion gap: Causes, test, and treatment

Hematology - اثنين, 04/16/2018 - 19:00
A low anion gap from a blood test is usually nothing to worry about and often just a lab error. However, in some cases, it can indicate an underlying health condition. In this article, learn how an electrolyte test is used to calculate an anion gap, and what low and high anion gap results mean for someone’s health.
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Two common iron supplements may cause cancer

Cancer - اثنين, 04/16/2018 - 19:00
Researchers find that certain iron supplements — called ferric citrate and ferric EDTA — increase the levels of a cancer biomarker.
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Breast cancer: Common drugs may halt post-surgery relapse

Cancer - أحد, 04/15/2018 - 10:00
Some people develop early metastases following breast cancer surgery. New research sheds light on why that happens, and how it might be prevented.
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How the brain's 'immune memory' may lead to Alzheimer's

Genetics - سبت, 04/14/2018 - 10:00
A new study shows that the brain's immune cells retain a memory of previous inflammation, which causes them to react differently to toxic brain proteins.
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'Mutant ferrets' shine a light on human brain evolution

Genetics - سبت, 04/14/2018 - 10:00
While using a novel, genetically modified ferret to investigate microcephaly, researchers stumble across clues as to the evolution of our large brains.
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Why does my urine smell like coffee?

Pregnancy / Obstetrics - جمعة, 04/13/2018 - 21:00
A person’s health and diet can impact the smell of their urine. Urine that smells like coffee can be caused by a person drinking too much coffee. Dehydration and pregnancy can also heighten the smell of urine. In this article, we discuss the range of causes for urine that smells like coffee, as well as treatments.
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