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What do TSH levels mean?

What do TSH levels mean?

A thyroid-stimulating hormone test measures the levels of this hormone in the body. The test helps determine whether or not the thyroid, a small gland in the throat, is functioning correctly. The thyroid releases hormones that regulate metabolism and other bodily functions. Normal thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels typically fall between 0.4 and 4.0 milliunits per […]

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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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Diabetes: Are you over-monitoring your blood sugar?

Diabetes: Are you over-monitoring your blood sugar?

Many people living with type 2 diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels on a daily basis, but does that really make a difference to health? A new study suggests that they may be over-monitoring. Many people with type 2 diabetes are testing their blood sugar levels too often, new research finds. According to a recent […]

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Undetectable viral load: Everything you need to know

Undetectable viral load: Everything you need to know

Advances in medicine have made it possible for a person living with HIV to have an undetectable viral load with traditional blood testing methods. If HIV is undetectable over an extended period, it is also untransmittable. An undetectable viral load is when a person has so little of the virus in their blood that a […]

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What is an HIV viral load?

What is an HIV viral load?

Viral load refers to the amount of HIV in a person’s blood. HIV treatments aim to reduce the viral load until the virus is no longer detectable, which mean it is also untransmittable. In this article, we discuss what viral load means for people living with HIV and their partners, the links between viral load […]

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What to know about a fever and HIV

What to know about a fever and HIV

One of the earliest indications of an HIV infection can be a fever. A fever in early-stage HIV infection may be a symptom of the virus rapidly multiplying in the body. A fever usually occurs within 2 to 4 weeks of exposure to the virus. Sometimes, a person may mistake a fever and other symptoms […]

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HIV and AIDS: Transmission myths and facts

HIV and AIDS: Transmission myths and facts

It is not possible to transmit or contract AIDS, which is advanced or stage 3 HIV. There are many myths about HIV transmission, but debunking them can give people a better understanding of what precautions to take and when to see a doctor. Innovations in testing and treatment have greatly reduced the risk of contracting […]

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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 […]