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  • Blood in Urine (Hematuria) and Lab Testing

    Hematuria is a medical term used for describing the presence of blood in the urine. It is not normal, but it’s not as uncommon as some might think. An individual who experiences blood in the urine might be worried, but it isn’t always a cause for alarm. It’s a symptom of something and not a disease.

  • Bleeding Disorders and Lab Testing

    If you didn’t already know, bleeding disorders are classified as someone having the tendency to bruise easily or even bleed excessively for a long period of time. However, these usually come from genetics and can be inherited. These disorders can also be caused by various factors that come about during the lifetime of a person.  

  • Lab Testing and Hemoglobin Abnormalities

    Hemoglobin abnormalities are variant forms of hemoglobin that are frequently inherited and can cause hemoglobinopathy (a blood disorder).  Hemoglobin is a protein compound that contains iron and is found inside red blood cells. It transports oxygen throughout the entire body. It is comprised of globin chains, which are the proteins and heme, which is the

  • Stroke and Lab Testing: What You Need to Know

     Stroke is a condition caused by the sudden blockage or diminished blood supply to a part of the brain.  This changes/affects body functions controlled by the part of the brain, hence reduced response or no response to stimulation at all. Stroke mainly happens when/if these brain cells do not get oxygen and nutrients made available

  • Sickle Cell Anemia and Laboratory Tests

    Sickle cell anemia, also commonly known as sickle cell disease (SCD), is a genetic health condition that is characterized by the production of hemoglobin S (Hgb S or HB S), an irregular type of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the iron-rich protein found in red blood cells that is responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to

  • Low Platelets And Laboratory Tests

    Platelets are also known as thrombocytes. They are found in the bone marrow. They are small fragments or large cells known as megakaryocytes. Platelets are usually released into the blood for circulation and are used in the clotting process. How Do Platelets Work? If there is an injury to a blood vessel or a tissue,

  • Laboratory Tests And Anemia

    Anemia is a type of condition that arises whenever the hemoglobin amount within an individual’s blood dips below normal. Often, a reduction in hemoglobin is associated with a reduction in the number of hematocrit and red blood cells (or RBCs). Hemoglobin is contained inside of red blood cells, and it is necessary for transporting and

  • An Overview of Immunoglobulins

    Immunoglobulins are also known as Igs, antibodies, immune globulins, gamma globulins, and immune serum globulins. There are two standard definitions of Immunoglobulins: 1.  A solution sourced from human blood plasma, which has concentrated levels of antibodies that offer protection from certain diseases. For instance, someone could have short-term protection from particular infections or even Rh