Alternative treatments for arthritic conditions
September 30, 2013 – 4:31 am | No Comment
Alternative therapies for arthritic conditions are inclusive of treatments like acupuncture or magnets, chondrotin or glucosamine. People having arthritis usually suffer with conditions like stress, stiffness, pain, and depression. So it is imperative that there are alternative treatments for arthritis, which will help patients cope with this in a better way and in a healthier manner. If you do not  [...]

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Testing for Ketones
December 18, 2011 – 9:43 pm | No Comment
Testing for Ketones
Incomplete metabolism of fat gives birth to ketones. Diabetics experiencing signs of a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis need to undergo urine tests for ketones at regular intervals. Some signs of diabetic ketoacidosis include abdominal pain, vomiting and nausea. Below, we have described the steps of a ketone urine test: Go through the instructions accompanying the test strips carefully. For getting accurate results, you must meticulously follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the test strips. These strips are treated with chemicals and change in color when dipped in urine. Collect the urine sample in a clean glass container. There’s no need of using sterile techniques while testing your urine for ketones; however, you must try keeping the sample as hygienic as possible. Make sure that the urine does not get contaminated by stool, menstrual blood or pubic hair. Take a test strip from the pack and immerse it in the sample; remove the strip immediately and tap  [...]


How to Use Pulse Oximeters for Determining Blood Oxygen Levels?
December 5, 2011 – 9:37 pm | No Comment
How to Use Pulse Oximeters for Determining Blood Oxygen Levels?
The blood oxygen levels reflect the quantity of oxygen our red blood cells is carrying to the different organs of our body. Lung disorders like COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases can result in decrease levels of oxygen in our blood. Patients with COPD require monitoring their blood oxygen levels at regular intervals. The oxygen levels in blood can be measured using pulse oximeters or the SPO2 monitors as well as by undergoing Arterial Blood Gas test at the doctor’s office. In this article, we will be discussing the process of using pulse oximeters of determining blood oxygen levels. Using pulse oximeters for measuring levels of oxygen in blood involves the following step: Take the device and attach it to your finger’s end. You will see a light shining across the finger tip. Pulse oximeters determine the levels of oxygen in blood by using light. If the blood is fully oxygenated, the hemoglobin present in blood has bright red color. The color of hemoglobin turns purple or  [...]


How to Use Ovulation Prediction Kit?
November 8, 2011 – 11:55 pm | No Comment
How to Use Ovulation Prediction Kit?
The advancement of medical science would not have been so vigorous without the contribution from the new discoveries in the world of technology. These technological advancements have also made the process of family planning much simpler. Earlier we had to visit the doctor's office or a diagnostic center for undergoing ovulation tests; however, nowadays such tests can be conducted sitting at the comfort of our own home. Today, there are different brands of over-the-counter fertility test kits available in the market that can predict ovulation accurately. Below we have discussed the process of conducting a home fertility test: Step 1: Buy the ovulation predictor kit from the drugstore in your locality. You must know that a woman experiences ovulation in middle of her menstrual cycle; this makes knowing your cycle’s length important for maximizing accuracy of the test results. Step 2: Read the instructions given on the pack of kit. You will either be asked to urinate on the test strip directly  [...]


Blood Tests for Detecting Rheumatoid Arthritis
September 27, 2011 – 12:05 am | No Comment
Blood Tests for Detecting Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis can be of different types. The treatment programs suggested of different arthritis types vary significantly. So, it is extremely important to diagnose the kind of arthritis one is suffering from. In this article, we’ll be discussing about the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid arthritis is primarily diagnosed using blood tests. If the doctor feels that the symptoms experienced by you are indicating occurrence of RA, he will ask you to undergo these blood tests. The earlier RA is diagnosed the faster you will be able to receive proper treatment. When does one develop RA? One becomes a victim of RA when lining of his joints gets inflamed. Rheumatoid arthritis is categorized as a chronic autoimmune disease. The term autoimmune disease refers to a condition that forces our own immune system to attack our body. RA is marked by signs like pain and stiffness in the joints; severe cases of RA may also lead to joint deformity. Usually, RA progresses through certain stages.  [...]


Diagnostic Tests for PCOS
September 12, 2011 – 12:05 am | No Comment
Diagnostic Tests for PCOS
PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome cannot be diagnosed through any specific test. The process of diagnosis of PCOS involves checking the symptoms experienced by the patients and ruling out of other possible disorders through different diagnostic tests for establishing PCOS as the only cause of those symptoms. If your doctor feels that the signs and symptoms experienced by you indicate the occurrence of polycystic ovarian syndrome, he may ask you to undergo one or more of the following diagnostic procedures. However, your medical history will also play a big role in diagnosis of PCOS. 1.  Pelvic examination: This test is generally done by the doctor himself. The doctor will manually examine the reproductive organs of the patient for checking for abnormalities like presence of growths or masses. 2.  Blood tests: The pathologists might take out blood from your veins for measuring hormonal levels; the results obtained from blood tests will help doctors in excluding the possibilities of other  [...]


Testing for Antibodies: What Are the Types?
July 18, 2011 – 12:41 am | No Comment
Testing for Antibodies: What Are the Types?
Antibodies are basically protein compounds prepared by and secreted from the WBCs; the primary functions of antibodies are recognizing and attacking foreign bodies like bacteria and viruses invading one’s body. The other scientific term used for the antibodies is: immunoglobulins. Antibodies are found in our spinal fluid, blood and some other parts of our body. Antibodies cause health problems in people with autoimmune disorders. Antibodies might attack an individual’s own body cells if he or she has an autoimmune disorder. There are certain laboratory tests that can determine the kind and amounts of antibodies present in one’s blood; this helps in finding out the type and level of the disease of infection the person is suffering from. For performing antibody tests, blood is taken from the patient’s arm or from back of this hand. The blood sample is then sent to the laboratory for being tested for antibodies. The common diagnostic procedures for antibody testing are: Antibody titer:  [...]


Breast Check with Life - Saving Advanced Scanning Method
February 23, 2011 – 1:48 am | No Comment
Breast Check with Life – Saving Advanced Scanning Method
Breast Cancer is one condition that has been prevalently identified to be the commonest diagnosis in Britain with daily over a hundred females being notified about having it. Still, in spite of breast cancer elevated occurrence rate, survival stats are yet lagging as compared to the ones noted in Italy, United States & France. It is partially since more high tech medication therapies are obtainable in these nations. However, the nation’s screening is blameworthy as majority of the services are yet offering X-ray with photography films rather than digital photography for breast check routines. The use of digital photography not just helps to screen breasts sooner & with greater efficacy, however it even has the capability of detecting cancer sooner & hence helpful in salvaging lives. Despite the earlier Government’s pledge nearly 4 years back on digitizing all breast screening units by the conclusion of last year, still lesser than 1 from 3 screening units countrywide has  [...]


CAT Scan vs. MRI
January 13, 2011 – 2:09 am | No Comment
CAT Scan vs. MRI
Brief and clear-cut details about what disparities exist between MRI & CAT scans. Functioning of CT Scan vs MRI CT (Computerized Axial Tomography) Scan It deploys X-rays for generating pictures of the body, inclusive of the bone constitution. The source of X-rays – the tube would revolve about the person who lies flat on a table. The X-ray detector is located on the opposing part of the person from the tube which receives the shaft which passes via the person. Sampling of the shaft is done through over seven hundred channels. The signalling reception by every channel is then digitised to a sixteen bits value & conveyed to the re-constructing processor. Measuring is done around a thousand times/sec. Scan rotary motions are generally one to two seconds in length. Greater the sampling or views, more enhanced quality the images. MRI Scanning Uses a potent magnet & pulsing RF waves for reading energy that water molecules produce as they wrongly line up following every radio  [...]