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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

    A Patient's Guide To Stem Cell Versus Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Therapies

    If you are living with chronic pain or degenerative joint disease, then both stem cell injection therapy and platelet-rich plasma injection therapy may be helpful for reducing your long-term pain and discomfort. Though these therapies tend to not be covered by health insurance, there are many different research studies hoping to change this situation for the future. Also, while you can opt for one treatment or the other, they are often given together for maximum healing.

    3 Tips For Riding On An Air Ambulance With A Sick Or Injured Loved One

    If one of your family members or close friends is really sick or seriously injured, then an air ambulance might come to take your loved one to a hospital or other medical facility. You might be hoping to ride along, but you might not know what to expect. These are some of the things that you will probably want to know beforehand. 1. Be Aware That There is Limited Space

    Reversible Reasons For Hearing Loss

    If you suffer from hearing loss, your physician may recommend that you visit a hearing aid center to be evaluated by an audiologist. While your hearing loss may be permanent, there may be other factors that cause temporary hearing loss. In both cases, hearing aids can help improve auditory acuity. Here are some reversible reasons for hearing loss and what you can do about them. Aspirin Use If you take an occasional aspirin tablet for pain or fever, you probably will not have any adverse hearing effects.

    Misinformation Body Contouring Patients Often Need Corrected

    Achieving your ideal look can be extremely challenging, and some people will find that it may not be possible without professional treatments. Misinformation about cosmetic procedures can further mislead individuals as they are working to achieve their desired body shape. Myth: Body Contouring Always Involves Surgery There are many different types of body contouring that can be used, and many patients will find that surgery may not always be necessary. For example, depending on the area and amount of the fat that is needing to be removed, it may be possible to use laser or ultrasound procedures to achieve the desired shape.

    All About The Immigration Medical Exam

    There are a lot of hoops to jump through in order to immigrate to the US. However, those hoops will be worth it once you get through them and finally end up with your immigration papers. Knowing you are a legal citizen will take a load off of your shoulders. One of the things that you are going to need to go through as a part of the entire process will be to have an immigration medical exam.

    4 Facts About The BRCA Gene Mutation And Breast Cancer

    Your genes are your body's blueprints, inherited from your biological parents. Those genes hold the information that determines many of your body's features like your hair, eye, and skin color. But they're also responsible for instructing your body's cells how to function. There are two genes in particular, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that might pose a risk of breast cancer for women. Here are four important facts to understand about these genes.

    Why Your Perception During Qualitative Testing Matters

    Mask and respirator fit testing can take two forms. One is qualitative (often used for masks that cover the nose and mouth), and the other is quantitative (for masks that cover the full face). Occasionally you may do a test for the other type of mask (e.g. qualitative for full-face masks), but usually, the qualitative evaluation is for the partial ones. Because the qualitative test is essentially subjective — you wear the mask and then indicate if you can smell, taste, or sense contaminants — you may wonder why it should be done instead of quantitative testing, which looks at the measure of actual contaminant particles breaching the mask.

    Physical Therapy Can Be A Helpful Tool When You Break Your Leg

    When you break your leg badly enough that you have to have surgery on it in order to make sure that it heals right, one of the things that your orthopedic surgeon is going to do is make sure that you have physical therapy, both after the surgery and then again after you get your cast off for good. There are different reasons that you will need to have physical therapy at the times that you do.