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What are neutrophils and what do they do?

What are neutrophils and what do they do?

Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that helps heal damaged tissues and resolve infections. Neutrophil blood levels increase naturally in response to infections, injuries, and other types of stress. They may decrease in response to severe or chronic infections, drug treatments, and genetic conditions. Neutrophils help prevent infections by blocking, disabling, digesting, or […]

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What does my eosinophil count mean?

What does my eosinophil count mean?

Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that help the body fight off infections. The test involves a doctor drawing blood. An eosinophil count may be either too high or too low, which may indicate an underlying condition, or it may be in the normal range. Learn more about eosinophil count here.

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What are the symptoms of low sodium levels?

What are the symptoms of low sodium levels?

Hyponatremia occurs when sodium levels in the blood are too low. Symptoms include lethargy, confusion, and fatigue. It can result from underlying conditions, such as kidney failure, or other factors, such as drinking too much water or taking certain medications. Sodium is an electrolyte that plays an essential role in regulating the levels of water […]

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What to know about ferritin blood tests for anemia

What to know about ferritin blood tests for anemia

Ferritin is a protein in blood cells that stores iron. A doctor may order a ferritin blood test, sometimes alongside other tests, to check a person’s iron levels. In this article, we discuss the ferritin blood test procedure and how to interpret the results. We also explain how people can raise or lower their blood […]

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Hemophilia, coagulation, and blood clotting

Hemophilia, coagulation, and blood clotting

Coagulation is the process of making blood clot. This is an important and complex process that enables the blood to plug and heal a wound. This is how the body stops any unwanted bleeding. Coagulation involves the action of cells and coagulation (clotting) factors. The cells are platelets, and the coagulation factors are proteins. These […]