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Anemia || Blood Cholesterol || Hemophilia || High Blood Pressure
Hemochromatosis || HIV/AIDS || Leukemia || Polycythemia Vera || Dengue Fever
Sickle Cell Disease || Filariasis || Sepsis || Thalassemia || Thrombosis

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First a word about Blood tests in General. Physicians rely on "Blood-work," or clinical laboratory diagnostic Blood testing to diagnose medical conditions. From this Blood testing the medical professional then prescribes therapies and remedies, based on those Blood tests. Good Blood tests make possible state-of-the-art lab procedures that can be provided directly to the public in private and these Blood tests can be provided affordably.

Some of the most common Blood tests are:

Allergy Blood Testing
Blood Tests for Autoimmune Diseases
Blood Diseases Testing
Cancer Detection Blood Testing
Blood Cholesterol Test
Diabetes Blood Tests
DNA, Paternity and Genetic Testing
Blood Tests for Drug Screening
Environmental Toxin Blood Testing
Fitness, Nutrition and Anti-Aging
Gastrointestinal Diseases Revealed by Blood Tests
Blood Testing for Heart Health
Hormones and Metabolism
Infectious Disease Blood Tests
Kidney Disease Blood Test
Liver Diseases Blood Testing
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's) Blood Tests
Thyroid Disease Blood Tests


ANEMIA - A common Blood disorder condition that is caused by an acquired or inhered abnormality of red Blood cells to provide adequate oxygen supplies to body tissues. Anemia may, in some cases, be a manifestation of an non-hematologic disorder. The condition may be due to decreased number of red Blood cells, decreased amount of substance in red Blood cells which transports oxygen hemoglobin, or decreased volume of red Blood cells. There are several diseases properly known as Anemia. These include: anemia of B12 deficiency, anemia of chronic disease, anemia of folate deficiency, drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia, hemolytic anemia, hemolytic anemia due to g6pd deficiency, idiopathic aplastic anemia, idiopathic autoimmune hemolytic anemia, immune hemolytic anemia, iron deficiency anemia, megaloblastic anemia, pernicious anemia, secondary aplastic anemia, and sickle cell anemia.

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The Patient with Anemia Web Site - General information about anemia.

Anemia - One of the most common Blood disorders.

The Aplastic Anemia Answer Book - Quality information on this unexplained failure of the bone marrow to produce Blood cells. 

BLOOD CHOLESTEROL - An important attribute in deciding a person's risk of getting coronary heart disease. When you have too much cholesterol in your Blood, the excess builds up on the walls of the arteries that carry Blood to the heart. This buildup is called "atherosclerosis" or "hardening of the arteries." It narrows the arteries and can slow down or block Blood flow to the heart. With less Blood, the heart gets less oxygen. With not enough oxygen to the heart, there may be chest pain, heart attack, or even death. Cholesterol buildup is the most common cause of heart disease, and it happens so slowly that you are not even aware of it. The higher your Blood cholesterol, the greater your chance of this buildup.

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Facts About Blood Cholesterol - From The National Institutes of Health.

Doctor's Guide Web Site - The latest medical news and information for patients or friends/parents of patients diagnosed with elevated
cholesterol and elevated cholesterol-related disorders.

MedPed and IHCF - Assistance with inherited cholesterol disorders, such as Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

The Heart Information Network - General info about high Blood cholesterol.

DENGUE FEVER - Dengue Fever is a Blood disease caused by a virus spread by the bite of an infected mosquito (Aedes aegypti). This Blood disease is common in most tropical and subtropical areas, including some islands in the Caribbean, Mexico, most countries of South and Central America, the Pacific, Asia, the Asian islands and parts of tropical Africa. Cases originating in the United States are virtually unknown, but occasionally residents from or visitors to countries where Dengue fever occurs may arrive in this country and develop dengue fever.

Dengue fever, normally spread by the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes, may occur in people of all ages. Children usually have a milder disease experience than adults. Dengue Fever cannot be spread from one person to another, however, Dengue Fever is spread by a contaminated Blood supply. Signs and symptoms of Dengue Fever include a sudden onset of high fever, headache, joint and muscle pains, nausea and vomiting. A rash of small red spots, appearing three to four days after the onset of fever.

There is no specific treatment known and generally available as of this writing. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you think you may be infected. A Blood test can indicate the possibility of Dengue Fever. Intravenous fluids and oxygen therapy are often used to comfort patients who experience shock during their illness.

Prospects for reversing the recent trend of increased Dengue Fever epidemic activity and geographic expansion are not promising. New Dengue Fever virus strains will likely continue to be discovered in areas where the population densities of the infecting mosquito and unclean Blood supplies are prevalent. Without new mosquito control technology available, public health authorities say that mosquito control through community efforts will reduce larval breeding sources.

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CDC - Dengue Fever Home Page.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; National Institutes of Health - Dengue Fever Pages.

Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) - Dengue Facts.

LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS - Lymphatic filariasis is a debilitating Blood disease caused by nematode worms of the genera Wucheriaand Brugia. Larval worms circulate in the Bloodstream of infected persons, and adult worms live in the lymphatic vessels. Lymphatic filariasis is not life threatening, but it does cause extreme discomfort, swelling of the limbs and genitals, damage to the kidneys and lymphatic system, impairment of the body’s ability to fight infection, and general malaise. In addition, it produces immeasurable emotional and economic costs in terms of the disruption of family and community life. Approximately 120 million people in 73 endemic countries world-wide located primarily throughout tropical and subtropical regions of South America, Asia, the Pacific Islands and Africa. Although designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the world’s second leading cause of permanent and long-term disability, this mosquito-transmitted Blood borne disease is "potentially eradicable" through drug therapy and vector control. Infection rates are increasing with the continued expansion of urbanization that is underway in the tropics.

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The Carter Center - The Carter Center's Global 2000 program is working to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in Nigeria, the country with the greatest number of cases in Africa. Global 2000 staff train village health workers and work with the government to distribute drug treatments. The Carter Center hopes to wipe out the disease in Nigeria by 2015.

ASTDHPPHE - Leaders in the effort to eradicate Filariasis, the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education's mission is to promote the quality practice of health education and health promotion as core disciplines of public health practice and to advocate for quality health education/health promotion programs and strategies to address the nation's leading health problems.

HEMOCHROMATOSIS - A most often hereditary Blood disorder that causes body tissue to absorb and store too much iron. Hemochromatosis is not "caught." The disease (which is actually many diseases) has also been known to develop as a result of dietary iron intake in sufficient quantity. Its worst effects are preventable, by early diagnosis and treatment, but, if the patient is not found in time, it is crippling and potentially fatal.

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American Hemochromatosis Society (AHS) - Educates and supports victims of hereditary Hemochromatosis and their families as well as education of the medical community on the latest research on HH. The aim of AHS is to identify through genetic testing, the 35 million+ Americans who are unknowingly carrying the single or double gene mutation for HH that puts them at risk for loading excess iron. 

Cindy Munn Hereditary Hemochromatosis Web Site - This superb site has an excellent table of symptoms and effects, and many informative links. This web site includes recommendations for Blood testing.

The Canadian Hemochromatosis Society - Quality web site well organized, with in-depth information and many unique links.

HEMOPHILIA - (also Haemophilia) A genetic Blood disease that causes the Blood to be unable to form a firm clot normally and quickly.

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Hemophilia Home Page - Provides information and support on issues relating to hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. This includes hemophilia related AIDS.

Hemophilia Forum - Dedicated to supplying information on hemophilia to medical and health care professionals, registration required.

Hemophilia Resource Network - A consultation service working with
hematologists, hospitals, and insurers to facilitate optimum inpatient management for persons with bleeding disorders.

World Federation of Hemophilia - An international not-for-profit organization dedicated to introducing, improving and maintaining care for persons with hemophilia and related disorders.

The Hemophilia Disease Management Company (AHF) - Provides extensive consumer and professional information on hemophilia and von Willebrand Disease.

Hemalog Magazine - Magazine for those concerned with hemophilia and Blood disorders. Also in Spanish.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE - The most common risk factor for heart and kidney diseases and stroke. High Blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined in an adult as a systolic pressure (top number) of 140 mm Hg or higher and/or a diastolic pressure (bottom number) of 90 mm Hg or higher. Blood pressure is measured and noted in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).

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Links to High Blood Pressure Information from NIH.

High Blood Pressure - From the American Heart Association.

The Mystery of  Hypertension in African-Americans.

Hypertension Network - Provide weekly updates of new research findings and recommendations of interest to people with hypertension.

HIV/AIDS - A Blood-borne disease of the human immune system that is characterized cytologically especially by a reduction in the numbers of CD4-bearing helper T cells, to 20% or less of normal, rendering the subject highly vulnerable to life-threatening conditions, such as pneumonia. There are others that become life-threatening (such as Kaposi's sarcoma) and that are caused by infection with HIV. HIV has been found in Blood, semen, saliva, tears, nervous system tissue, breast milk, and female genital tract secretions; however, only Blood, semen, female genital tract secretions, and breast milk have been proven to transmit HIV to others. It is most commonly transmitted in infected Blood and bodily secretions (e.g. semen), commonly during illicit IV drug use and/or sexual intercourse.

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AEGIS - The premier AIDS/HIV knowledge base. On the web site see the History of HIV/AIDS a timeline covering AIDS/HIV history.

The HIV Sequence Database - Collects, analyzes, and publishes genetic sequences of HIV and related diseases. The site provides access to their own databases, alignments, and the tools and interfaces that they have produced.

HIV/AIDS Information Index - Directory of HIV/AIDS resources on the World Wide Web.

AIDS Related Information - National Institutes of Health (NIH).

American Medical Association - HIV/AIDS Information Center. Linking to the Journal of the American Medical Association.

MedWeb - A huge collection of links to AIDS and HIV related web sites. A site well worth mining for precise and up to date info. (Emory University).

LEUKEMIA - Often referred to as cancer of the Blood, a malignant condition affecting the immature Blood-forming cells in the bone marrow.

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The Leukemia Society of America - Dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and to improving the quality of life of patients and their families.

GrannyBarb and Art's - A good source of Leukemia Information.

The Leukemia Information Center - An educational library of comprehensive information on adult myelogenous leukemia (AML) for healthcare professionals and consumers.

Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation - Supports leukemia and allied cancer research, marrow transplant drives and patient care.

The National Children's Leukemia Foundation - A national, non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide services, support, and referrals to leukemia patients and their families.

POLYCYTHEMIA VERA - Occurs in one to five of every 100,000 people. With this Blood disorder, patients not only have more red cells, that is, hematocrits can almost double in some cases, but there is also a slow, steady buildup of white cells and platelets. Blood volume also increases, which masks the disease from the doctor while putting the patient at a higher risk of Blood clots and stroke. Women under the age of 40 are at particular risk for clotting complications.

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Tulane University - Medical Center Department of Hematopathology. - Articles and links on Polycythemia Vera.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - Excellent long form article on Polycythemia Vera.

SEPSIS - Also known as gram-negative bacteremia and gram-positive bacteremia, Sepsis is an overwhelming and life-threatening bacterial infection of the Blood and body organs caused by bacteria that has entered body tissue, most often through a wound or incision, that leads to the formation of pus, and/or to the spread of the sepsis bacteria throughout the Blood stream. Sepsis is often caused by organisms that are resistant to most standard antibiotics and more often than not, is found in people with a weakened immune systems.

Commonly affected areas are the lungs, the genitourinary tract, the liver or liver secretion tract, the gastrointestinal tract, surgical wounds or drains, and spots of skin disturbance known as decubitus ulcers or bedsores. Sepsis infection can lead to a form of shock, known as septic shock.

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International Sepsis Forum - The ISF strives improve the understanding and clinical management of patients with epsis. The ISF is provides workshops, lectures, debates, and medical practice guideline development and training programs for researchers, intensivists, and critical care professionals worldwide.edical Center Department of Hematopathology.

Monash University - An article on septic shock.

SICKLE CELL DISEASE - A hereditary Blood disease resulting from a single amino acid mutation of the red Blood cells. A Blood condition of anemia. People with sickle cell disease have red Blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red Blood cells become crescent shaped "sickle shaped" and have difficulty passing through small Blood vessels. There is currently no universal cure for Blood borne sickle cell disease.

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What is Sickle Cell Anemia - A complete and detailed definition.

Sickle Cell Information Center - The mission of this site is to provide sickle cell patient and professional education, news, research updates and world wide sickle cell resources.

Comprehensive Sickle Cell Centers - Presents research abstracts, contact information for center personnel, and links to other sickle cell sites.

THALASSEMIA - A group of fatal genetic Blood disorders. The WHO recognizes Thalassemia as the most prevalent inherited genetic Blood disorder in the world. An estimated 2 million Americans are carriers of the genetic trait for thalassemia, predominately those of Mediterranean and Asian Indian, South Asian and Chinese ancestry.

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The Cooley's Anemia Foundation (CAF) - The U. S. based voluntary health organization that exclusively funds medical research, patient services, public information and professional education to combat thalassemia.

Berloni Foundation - Creating a structure acting as a valid reference point in the fight against Thalassemia; promoting scientific studies and research.

Thalassemia - Helps locate appropriate information for people with Thalassemia Major.

The Northern California Comprehensive Thalassemia Center - Located at Children's Hospital Oakland, featuring medical, genetic, psychosocial, transfusion, and resource information on thalassemia.

The Sarawak Thalassaemia Society - A non-profit organization in the Sarawak state of Malaysia located on the Island of Borneo. This is partially presented here to demonstrate how it can be done right!

THROMBOSIS - When the platelets try to patch up an injury within a small Blood vessel and completely plug it up instead. This plug obstructs the normal flow of Blood and can result in a heart attack or stroke.

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The International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis - A non-profit organization with over 2,300 members from 50 countries. - A 'meeting place' for medical professionals and others interested in keeping up with the latest developments in thrombosis management, providing clinically sound information on Thrombosis research and treatment to the medical community.

The Thrombosis Interest Group of Canada (TIGC) - Providing education and research in the prevention and treatment of thrombosis period-red.gif (63 bytes)

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