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Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more


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Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?

Does the flu affect children and the elderly more severely?

Yes: The very young have less developed lungs and a more active immune system, causing more inflammation and damage. The elderly have more scarred and damaged lungs, plus likely heart issues, and a less effective immune system, enabling an infection to cause more damage. ...Read more

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Does jogging while you have the flu help, hurt, or have no affect on your road to recovery?

Does jogging while you have the flu help, hurt, or have no affect on your road to recovery?

No Real Evidence: But i believe that stressing your body while sick only retards the healing process, by diverting energy from healing.But no proof. ...Read more

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How can the making the flu shot mandatory affect religion?

How can the making the flu shot mandatory affect religion?

Vaccination/Religion: Two religions that focus on medical treatment include: The Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) & the Watchtower Society (Jehovah's Witnesses). You can review each to see if mandatory vaccination would be an issue. ...Read more

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Can a flu shot lower WBCs? Had a CBC 2 days after flu shot. WBCs came back lower than normal (mine are already low).

Can a flu shot lower WBCs? Had a CBC 2 days after flu shot. WBCs came back lower than normal (mine are already low).

Yes: It is possible. Will strongly advise you to look into the reasons for low WBCs- toxins, side effects of medications, etc. Together with clearing the reasons for that I would advise you to take some herbs to strengthen your immune system and stimulate the bone marrow. Best, Siranush Cholakian MD ...Read more

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Bro doesnt want to be tested for HIV 8yrs postexposure. Norm cbc,had fver,flu,colds,exud tonsillophrngitis in the last 8yrs. Should it manifest now?

HIV is very tricky: I would be very careful regarding this virus - it often takes YEARS to show up, and although what you report is encouraging, I would still want to have the patient screened and tested. There can be clues like anemia and low percentage of lymphocytes on the CBC. Different people are able to fight the virus differently (different strains too) - still it's no substitute for a test. God bless. ...Read more

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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


Cbc (Definition)

CBC is also known as complete blood count. CBC stands for complete blood count. This is a lab test that counts the different formed elements- red and white ...Read more


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