Overview of Liver Diseases

The liver is a solid organ that sits on the right upper side of the body. It is a large organ responsible for the breakdown of drugs and other metabolites. Almost all proteins found in blood are produced in the liver. These proteins are necessary for normal daily function (e.g., blood clotting), and it also …

Importance of Electrolytes in the Body

Electrolytes are naturally occurring chemicals and elements in the body that change into their ionic form and can conduct electricity. A balance of the electrolytes is important for the normal function of cells and organs, as well as for the maintenance of the relatively stable pH environment and to control the fluid in intra and …

Diabetes – types, symptoms, diagnosis and testing

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a group of chronic illnesses that are characterized by the inability of cells in the body to utilize glucose, thereby increasing the levels of glucose in the blood. It is important to understand diabetes, its causes and how to prevent it because it leads to high morbidity and mortality. Diabetes also …

Quick guide to sexually transmitted diseases

There are many different types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which are infections that can spread from an infected person to an uninfected person through sexual contact. Of these, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) make up the most common viral STDs. In the United States, it has been estimated that 1 …

Hepatitis- what does lab has to say about it?

Hepatitis is a medical term for inflammation of the liver. The extent of the liver regenerative capacity is well-known among health professionals, which is why lab testing is so important for early detection of hepatitis. Imaging techniques can’t detect the subtle early changes in the liver tissue since it regenerates so fast, and by the …

Thyroid causes and diagnosis

Thyroid- causes, diagnosis- how blood tests can help, once you know it it’s easy to treat The thyroid is a gland located in the base of a neck. Its hormones affect almost every single process in our body. To avoid going into details, it would be enough to say that it controls the pace of …

Why periodic lab work is critical for preventive care?

Modern medicine relies on three pylons of diagnostics: lab work, physical examination and medical imaging techniques. Every disease starts as a molecular imbalance and as the time passes by, tissues start to change under the influence of those molecular imbalances, making the disease “visible” in the eyes of health professionals and medical imaging devices. Often, …