Blood and Immunity

10 Facts About Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are not longer the mystery it used to be in the past. It is now fairly well understood. These conditions occur when theĀ  immune system attacks parts of the body and this leads to inflammation. Since it is long term, there are various complications that may arise over time. Despite greater public >> Read More ...

Reasons for Common Iron Deficiency Anemia Symptoms

We do not often pay much attention to the complexity of human blood but it is a lot more than just red fluid flowing through the blood vessels. Within blood is a host of different cells, carrier proteins, nutrients, gases, wastes and toxins. Blood is the medium through which all these different substances travel from one >> Read More ...

Hypermagnesemia (High Blood Magnesium)

What is hypermagnesemia? Hypermagnesemia is the medical term for high magnesium levels in the blood. It is an uncommon condition because the kidney is very proficient in getting rid of excess magnesium from the body. Hypermagnesemia is unlikely to occur unless magnesium is being administrated in a person with kidney >> Read More ...

Methemoglobinemia (High Methemoglobin Levels)

Definition Methemoglobinemia (met-hemo-globin-emia) is a condition where the quantity of methemoglobin in the red blood cells is higher than normal. It is a congenital condition, meaning that it is present from birth, but can develop in life due to exposure to certain toxins. Although methemoglobin is normally present in >> Read More ...

Thrombocytosis (High Blood Platelets)

Definition Thrombocytosis is a condition where the platelet count in the blood is higher than normal. It is also referred to as thrombocythemia. Platelets are an important component of blood and is an integral factor in the blood clotting process. Most cases of thrombocytosis are transient and the condition does not >> Read More ...

Hypomagnesemia (Low Blood Magnesium Levels)

What is hypomagnesemia? Hypomagnesemia is the medical term for lower than normal magnesium levels in the blood. Although magnesium is so abundant in the body and very important for health, it is often not given as much attention as calcium and phosphate. However, magnesium is just as important as these minerals and is in >> Read More ...

Hyperphosphatemia (High Blood Phosphates)

What is hyperphosphatemia? Hyperphosphatemia is the term for elevated phosphates in the blood. Phosphates are the naturally occurring form of phosphorus and is necessary for many processes in the body. Most of the phosphates within the body are found in the bones and the concentration in the bloodstream is carefully >> Read More ...

Antithrombin (AT III) Deficiency

What is antithrombin deficiency? Antithrombin deficiency is a condition where a natural anti-clotting agent in the blood, known as antithrombin III, is either deficient or dysfunctional. It can be inherited or may be acquired in life. The condition can lead to serious complications when clots form in the circulation and >> Read More ...

Behcet Disease

What is Behcet disease? Behcet disease is a condition marked by the repeated formation of open sores (ulcers) in the mouth, on the genitals, skin lesions and inflammation of the uvea of the eye. It is also known as Behcet’s syndrome since it is a collection of different symptoms without a clear explanation for the >> Read More ...

Subclavian Artery Thrombosis (Blood Clot Blockage)

What is subclavian artery thrombosis? Subclavian artery thrombosis is a blockage of the subclavian artery by a blood clot. Injury to a vessel and narrowing due to fatty plaques (atherosclorosis) are common predisposing factors of a blockage of an artery with a blood clot. This is typically seen with older people. However, >> Read More ...
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