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July 2019

23 Jul

Sodium Test

Brief Summary: A sodium blood test is used to detect abnormal concentrations of sodium, including low sodium (hyponatremia) and high sodium (hypernatremia). It is often used as part of an electrolyte panel or basic metabolic panel for a routine health checkup. Blood sodium can be abnormal in many diseases.   Technical Purpose: The most common form of sodium is sodium chloride, which is table salt. This test is usually...
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23 Jul

Selenium Test

Brief-Summary: Selenium is a trace element that is naturally present in many foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is nutritionally essential for humans, is a constituent of more than two dozen selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection   Technical Purpose: Selenium tests are done to ensure one does not suffer from...
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23 Jul

Obesity – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview: Obesity often results from taking in more calories than are burned by exercise and normal daily activities.Obesity is an epidemic in the U.S. This condition puts people at a higher risk for serious diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. BMI is a calculation that takes a person’s...
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23 Jul

High Sensitivity Test

Brief summary: C-reactive protein (CRP) is a protein that the liver makes when there is inflammation in the body. It's also called a marker of inflammation and can be measured with an hs-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein) test, sometimes also called a CRP test. It can be used to help evaluate an individual for risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).   Technical Process: A high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) test may be...
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23 Jul

HBa1c Test

Brief Summary: The hemoglobin A1c test tells you your average level of blood sugar over the past 2 to 3 months. It's also called HbA1c, glycated hemoglobin test, and glycohemoglobin. People who have diabetes need this test regularly to see if their levels are staying within range. The A1c test is also used to diagnose diabetes   Technical Purposes: Hemoglobin A1c, often abbreviated HbA1c, is a form of hemoglobin...
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23 Jul

Gamma Glutamyltransferase Test(GGT)

Brief Summary: Gamma-glutamyltransferase is a transferase that catalyzes the transfer of gamma-glutamyl functional groups from molecules such as glutathione to an acceptor that may be any amino acid, a peptide or water. Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) is also an enzyme found in many organs throughout the body, with the highest concentrations found in the liver. GGT is elevated in the blood in most diseases that cause damage...
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23 Jul

Fructosamine Test

Brief Summary: Fructosamine is a compound that is formed when glucose combines with protein. This test measures the total amount of fructosamine (a glycated protein) in the blood. Since the fructosamine levels of people with well-controlled diabetes may overlap with those of people who are not diabetic, the fructosamine test is not useful as a screening test for diabetes. High levels of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and...
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23 Jul

Malaria – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview: Malaria is a human disease that is caused by sporozoan parasites(genus Plasmodium) in the red blood cells which are transmitted by the bite of anopheline mosquitoes and is characterized by periodic attacks of chills and fever.   Where does it originate from? It is a mosquito-borne infectious disease affecting humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans(a group of single-celled microorganisms).   Causes: Malaria can be caused if a mosquito infected...
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23 Jul

Constipation – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview: Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where an individual has hard feces that are difficult to expel. In most cases, this occurs because the colon has absorbed too much water from the food that is in the colon. The slower the food moves through the digestive tract, the more water the colon will absorb from it. Consequently, the feces become dry and hard. When this...
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