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Lab director was asking for a blood test for anthrax. How do you do it?

Lab director was asking for a blood test for anthrax. How do you do it?

No direct Test: If spores were identified on a gram stain that could be used to confirm diagnosis. The problem is that spores are often not present. Gram positive organism can change over time. Confirmatory tests include gamma bacteriophage testing, indirect hemagglutination and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay to detect antibodies. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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What are the types of blood donation frequency?

What are the types of blood donation frequency?

Unclear Q, but...: Whole blood donation is every 56 days. A pheresis machine can collect 2 units of red blood cells at one time, returning other components--this can be done every 112 days (2x as long as single). Other pheresis donations can be for plasma or platelets, and they have much shorter interval periods (may be 3-7 days). Talk to the Red Cross for more information. ...Read more

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If blood donation is good for health?

If blood donation is good for health?

Yes!: Donating blood is one of the best things men can do for their health. This is because iron is a pro-oxidant, increasing risk of heart disease & cancer. Donating blood reduces our iron load. One study found men who donate blood once a year had an 88% lower risk of heart attack! it also lowers risk of several types of cancer! see http://blog.Lef.Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood.Html. ...Read more

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When can I masturbate after a blood donation?

When can I masturbate after a blood donation?

Wait until at home: That does not count as the "strenuous activity" you are instructed to avoid, and while intercourse best allowed 4-8 hours to recuperate, no specific time out for self. Might try to not over-flex arm with dressing on it to be sure it doesn't "leak." ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in my forearm after blood donation?

What can I do for this pain in my forearm after blood donation?

Heat, ibuprofen: You likely have a phlebitis (inflamed vein) in your arm. You can use Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory meds. Applying heat can help too. This should resolve over the course of a week or so. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to exercise after an apheresis blood donation?

How long should I wait to exercise after an apheresis blood donation?

Not long: It might be recommended to wait a few hours to let the puncture site heal a bit and rehydrate, but usually no more than that needed for light exercise. ...Read more

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When donating blood is it better to do a whole blood donation or apheresis?

When donating blood is it better to do a whole blood donation or apheresis?

Apheresis: Is associated with less dizziness since they give you some of the blood volume back so you may feel a bit better vs whole blood donation. ...Read more

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How long am i suppose to wait to exercise after giving an apheresis blood donation?

Usually next day OK: The phlebotomist / nurse will instruct you as you are being bandaged at the end of the process to avoid tobacco for a few hours, alcohol for the day, heavy lifting (--or strenuous activity--) for 8 hours or until the next day, etc. If you will be using your arms a lot, might be wise to put a bandaid over puncture site, but should be ok by next day. ...Read more

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Bilirubin and blood donation. Pls i want to know if there is any link between frequent blood donation and hyperbilirubinaemia?

Bilirubin and blood donation.
 Pls i want to know if there is any link between frequent blood donation and hyperbilirubinaemia?

None: They are unrelated if donating whole blood. There "theoretically" might be a weak link if you are doing pheresis (using a machine to collect blood components) for your donation, but I have never seen a case with any linkage. ...Read more

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Dr. Helle Lukk
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Anthrax (Definition)

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. There is a variety of symptoms, most of which involve the skin, ...Read more