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Subungual hematoma: Images, treatment, and link to melanoma

Subungual hematoma: Images, treatment, and link to melanoma

A finger slammed in a door, a thumb hit with a hammer, a brick dropped on a toe — these nail injuries are common and extremely painful. They can cause blood to pool visibly under a nail, which is called a subungual hematoma. A subungual hematoma occurs when an injury breaks open blood vessels under […]

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Dyslipidemia: Everything you need to know

Dyslipidemia: Everything you need to know

Dyslipidemia is defined as having blood lipid levels that are too high or low. Blood lipids are fatty substances, such as triglycerides and cholesterol. Many people achieve healthy levels by eating a balanced diet and through other aspects of their lifestyle. However, some require medication to prevent additional health problems. What is dyslipidemia? Dyslipidemia is […]

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Everything you need to know about thin blood

Everything you need to know about thin blood

Some people have what is called thin blood. The condition means they have too few platelets, a part of the blood that helps it clot. Thin blood has few symptoms, the main ones being excessive bleeding and bruising. In total, blood is made up of four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, […]

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Stroke survivors may benefit from magnetic brain stimulation

Stroke survivors may benefit from magnetic brain stimulation

A new meta-analysis of existing studies shows that a technique called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation might be a useful tool to help stroke survivors regain the ability to walk independently. A brain stimulation technique may help stroke survivors walk faster and more easily. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a noninvasive brain stimulation technique; magnetic […]

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Trauma death risk higher in people with type O blood

Trauma death risk higher in people with type O blood

A new study, carried out in Japan, finds that people who have type O blood are more likely to die following severe trauma. Your blood type may be more important than once believed. Everyone reading this article will fit into one of four blood groups: A, B, AB, or O. This is determined by the […]

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What is the difference between leukemia and lymphoma?

What is the difference between leukemia and lymphoma?

Cancer can affect any part of the body, including the blood. Leukemia and lymphoma are both forms of blood cancer. The main difference is that leukemia affects the blood and bone marrow, while lymphomas tend to affect the lymph nodes. Though there are some similarities between the two types of cancer, their causes and origins, […]

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Can an iron deficiency cause hair loss?

Can an iron deficiency cause hair loss?

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition that occurs when a person does not have enough iron in their body, or their body cannot use iron properly. While severe iron deficiency anemia can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and chest pain, some people also experience hair loss. Doctors are not sure why some […]

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Macrocytic anemia: Symptoms and treatment

Macrocytic anemia: Symptoms and treatment

Macrocytic anemia is a type of anemia that causes unusually large red blood cells. Like other types of anemia, macrocytic anemia means that the red blood cells also have low hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-containing protein that transports oxygen around the body. Deficiencies in vitamin B-12 or folate often cause macrocytic anemia, so it is […]

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What are phleboliths and are they safe?

What are phleboliths and are they safe?

Phleboliths are small, round lumps of calcium that form in a person’s veins. They often show up as white spots on pelvic X-rays, and they can be mistaken for kidney stones. These calcifications are common, particularly in the pelvis. They are not usually a cause for concern and are rarely painful. However, if they do […]

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What does it mean if your RDW is high?

What does it mean if your RDW is high?

A test to determine red cell distribution width shows variation in the size and volume of a person’s red blood cells. Results of the test, along with those of other blood tests, can help doctors to confirm the presence of anemia, a condition characterized by a lack of red blood cells. The red cell distribution […]