Blood and Immunity

Infection and Incubation Period Meaning

What Is Infection? An infection is an invasion and multiplying of pathogenic microbes in the body tissues in which they are not usually present (1). Pathogenic means capable of causing disease. Infection does not always cause a disease. Definitions of Infection-Related Terms A colonization is the usual presence of >> Read More ...

Heart Disease Types and Symptoms; Physiology, Pictures, Video

What Is The Heart The heart (in Latin cor; in Greek kardia) is a muscular organ that pumps the blood through the vessels, supplying the body cells with oxygen and nutrients. Together with the brain, the heart is the center of one’s personality and emotional life. Location of the Heart The heart lies in the middle of >> Read More ...

Types of Autoimmune Diseases, Causes & Blood Tests

Autoimmune disorders are those diseases that occur as a result of the body’s immune system attacking different cells, tissues, organs or the entire body. The body has a number of mechanisms to prevent the immune system from attacking its own tissues but under certain conditions, these self regulating mechanisms may >> Read More ...

Bacteremia, Septicemia, Viremia and Fungemia Meaning

Bacteremia – Definition Bacteremia (from bacteria + Latin suffix -emia = blood related) is the presence of the bacteria in the bloodstream (1). Bacteremia is not the same as septicemia (sepsis), which is bacteremia accompanied with an inflammation in the blood. Both Gram-positive bacteria, like staphylococci or >> Read More ...

Pallor – Causes of Pale Skin or Paleness

What Is Paleness? Paleness (pallor in Latin) is abnormal loss of color from normal skin or mucous membranes due to reduced amount of the blood in the skin arteries. Paleness should be distinguished from other causes of prominent white skin: Fair skin is genetically determined skin hue with low concentration of skin pigment >> Read More ...

Eosinophil Blood Cell Count – Eosinphilia

Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell known as granulocytes. An eosinophil plays an important part in immune response within the body and changes in eosinophil blood cell count may be noted with certain allergic conditions and infections. Peripheral Blood Eosinophil Count Values or Readings Any abnormality in >> Read More ...

Diabetes and Immunity (Immune Causes)

Diabetes is a term for glucose intolerance where the body cannot adequately manage the blood glucose levels. This is usually caused by insulin resistance (intolerance), reduced levels of insulin or the absence of insulin. Insulin is the hormone secreted by the pancreas that helps regulate blood glucose levels. When insulin >> Read More ...

Low, Poor, Weak, Suppressed Immune System, Immune Deficiency

Normal and Poor Immune System The immune system comprises from immune cells, like white blood cells, antibodies and other substances that fight against microbes and thus defend us against infections. We may suspect that our immune system is low (poor, weak, deficient) when we suffer from frequent infections (like >> Read More ...
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