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Doctor insights on: Blood Cells And Molecules

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Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Blood Cells (Definition)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red ...Read more


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Are cholesterol molecules located in the plasma membrane of human red blood cells?

Are cholesterol molecules located in the plasma membrane of human red blood cells?

Yes: There is a mixture of proteins, phospholipids, and cholesterol in the cellular membrane of red blood cells. This allows the red cells to maintain their flexibility so they can squeeze through small blood vessels. ...Read more

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When blood cells carry oxygen to the cells and remove carbon dioxide?

When blood cells carry oxygen to the cells and remove carbon dioxide?

Yes: Hemoglobin carries oxygen to the tissues and brings carbon dioxide to the lungs to be exhaled. ...Read more

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Where are red blood cells produced?

Where are red blood cells produced?

Bone Marrow: In adults, all of the blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, including red blood cells. Under some abnormal conditions, blood cells may be produced in other organs such as the liver, spleen or lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Why can red blood cells carry oxygen while other cells can't?

Why can red blood cells carry oxygen while other cells can't?

Hemoglobin: Red cells are bags of hemoglobin. It is hemoglobin that carries oxygen. Other cells do not have hemoglobin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

What causes too many red blood cells and white blood cells?

Quite a few things: Infection, myeloproliferative disease, chronic leukemias, physiologic stress, medications and heavy smoking to name a few. ...Read more

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What are the functions of the different parts of blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma)?

What are the functions of the different parts of blood (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma)?

Too long: There is no way to fit an answer to this question in 400 characters. However, if you go to this website you will find a very complete answer that is very easy to understand: http://www.hematology.org/Patients/Basics/ ...Read more

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What is the yellow liquid in which red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended?

What is the yellow liquid in which red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are suspended?

Plasma: If the blood is allowed to clot (thereby removing the clotting factors) before isolating this fluid, then it is called serum instead of plasma. ...Read more

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What can cause my platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells are all high causing leukocytosis, mild thrombocytosis and macrocytes?

What can cause my platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells are all high causing leukocytosis, mild thrombocytosis and macrocytes?

Inflammation : Macrocytes are white blood cells too. Also depends how high they are. Very mild elevation like 10-13 for WBC and 400-450 for platelets could be lab variations too. If mild to moderate suggests inflammation which can be from infection, autoimmune disorders. If very high, blood disorders are a concern. Whomever ordered the test should follow up with u. ...Read more

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How to increase white blood cells and platelets?

How to increase white blood cells and platelets?

Depends...: Depends on the cause of the decrease. Best to speak with your physician and possibly get a referral to a hematologist to diagnose the problem and define the appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count and blood in the urine?

Low white blood cell count and blood in the urine?

Lab data: Without a full medical history and physical exam cannot possibly theorize about what this may be. It certainly indicates a need for further investigation and should not be ignored. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a blood cell's Hemoglobin molecule lack iron component

Can a blood cell's Hemoglobin molecule lack iron component

Yes: Hemoglobin is the molecule which has iron attached to,it and carries and releases oxygen. Iron deficiency can occur with a normal hemoglobin value, though usually it is decreased (anemia). Tests for the amount of iron in your blood can be performed independently of hemoglobin. ...Read more

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What allows red blood cells to carry oxygen?

Hemoglobin: Hemoglobin is the actual molecule that carries oxygen. Red cells are bags full of hemoglobin. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What rebuilds red blood cells?

Erythropoietin: Erythropoietin stimulates the production of red blood cells. There are many conditions that can cause erythropoietin levels to increase or it may be given as a medicine. ...Read more

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How are automated blood collection and whole blood donation different?

Apheresis: Abc (aka apheresis) uses a highly sophisticated separation/filtration process to allow specific blood components to be collected (like platelets, plasma, red blood cells) from a donor while returning the un-needed components. Whole blood donation, as its name suggests, collects all blood component parts, which will be later separated and used to care for up to 4 patients from 1 donation. ...Read more

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If our blood cells carry oxygen, what carries proteins throughout the body?

Plasma: The liquid part of blood, plasma, carries proteins around the body. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Do white blood cells carry oxygen?

No: Red blood cells carry oxygen. White blood cells fight infections. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more