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July 2019

23 Jul

Chromium Test

Brief summary: Chromium is a mineral that the body uses in small doses for typical body functions, like digesting food. It also helps to move glucose into cells to use as energy, as well as to turn carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy. This blood test is used to determine chromium levels.   Test Process: A blood sample is needed. Most of the time blood is drawn from a vein located...
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23 Jul

Cesium Test

Brief summary: Cesium is a naturally-occurring element found in rocks, soil, and dust at low concentrations. It is present in the environment only in the stable form of 133 Cesium. Cesium can be absorbed after oral ingestion, upon breathing contaminated air and through contact with the skin. Cesium is readily absorbed across the brush border of the intestines in a manner similar to potassium and most...
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23 Jul

Cadmium Test

Brief summary: Cadmium tests are done to ensure industrial workers are not affected by the metal leading to toxicity. Therefore, there are medical tests that can measure exposure and cadmium body burden as well as standard and specialized clinical tests to measure the health effects of cadmium exposure.   Test Process: Tests that should be performed if cadmium inhalation is suspected. Chest X-ray – looking for chemical pneumonitis and...
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23 Jul

Cobalt Test

Brief summary: This blood test monitors for industrial exposure to cobalt, a heavy metal. Cobalt is employed industrially in certain grades of steel and in tungsten carbide tools, and cobalt compounds are used as pigments in paints. In addition, cobalt is an essential element in humans that is supplied through dietary intake. The average intake of dietary cobalt is 280 μg/day.   Test Process: A normal blood test is...
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23 Jul

Arsenic Test

Brief summary: Arsenic is a heavy metal that is a natural component of the earth's crust. It exists in compounds that may be organic or inorganic. It is highly toxic in its inorganic form. Poisoning can occur by ingestion, inhalation and dermal absorption. Toxicity is due to arsenic's effect on many cell enzymes, which affect metabolism and DNA repair. Arsenic is excreted in urine but can...
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23 Jul

AIDS – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview: AIDS is a disease that can develop in people with HIV. It’s the most advanced stage of HIV. But just because a person has HIV doesn’t mean they’ll develop AIDS. HIV kills CD4 cells. Healthy adults generally have a CD4 count of 500 to 1,500 per cubic millimeter. A person with HIV whose CD4 count falls below 200 per cubic millimeter will be diagnosed with AIDS. A person...
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23 Jul

Acute Sinusitis – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview: A stuffed nose and pressure on our cheekbones, near the eyes, or over the forehead may mean that you have acute sinusitis. Acute sinusitis, also called acute rhinosinusitis, is a short-term inflammation of the membranes that line your nose and surrounding sinuses. This impedes your ability to drain mucus from your nose and sinuses. Acute sinusitis is most commonly due to a cold-causing viral infection. However, it...
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23 Jul

Abdominal Pain – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Overview:  Abdominal pain is pain that occurs between the chest and pelvic regions. Abdominal pain can be cramp, achy, dull, intermittent or sharp. It’s also called a stomachache.   Causes: Bloody stools Black tarry stools Dehydration Painful urination Lack of urination Abrupt cessation of bowel movements Dehydration   Symptoms:  Fever, Inability to keep food down for more than 2 days, dehydration, Inability to pass stool, vomiting, Painful or unusually frequent urination,...
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