What is ehrlichiosis? It’s a bacterial disease of the white blood cells. Spread by ticks, ehrlichiosis affects all mammals, including people. Two bacteria in particular are known to cause the disease—Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii. A third, Ehrlichia muris, is being evaluated as another cause. According to the U.S. National
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Some people say “70 is the new 50,” but, however young you feel, your body and its nutritional needs change with age. As you get older, you need fewer calories, so it’s very important to choose foods that are nutrient dense—packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and other essentials. And,
Pretty much everyone knows his or her normal urine color (or subtle range of urine colors). If the shade changes a great deal, however, we can become a little alarmed.
But hold on. While urine color is a centuries-old diagnostic tool, many shades of yellow can be perfectly normal, even if
Your immune system is like a home security system. When you suffer an injury or infection, it sets off an alarm—what we know as an inflammatory response—by sending immune cells to neutralize viruses, bacteria, and other intruders that breach your outer defenses, thereby protecting healthy cells and tissues from damage.
Illnesses spread by biting insects—particularly mosquitoes and ticks—have tripled in the United States in the last decade, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, May 4). In the study period (2004 to 2016), there were more than 640,000 cases of insect-borne
The phrase “silent heart attack” suggests an event that comes and goes without much fanfare. And while it’s true you can have an actual heart attack without realizing it at the time, the signs of a silent heart attack can include real damage to your heart muscle. “Just like the
What is bone marrow? It’s an efficient, blood cell-producing factory inside our bones. It has been described as soft, fatty, spongy, and gelatin-like. It’s heavy—about 5.7 pounds. Some bone marrow is red, some is yellow, and all of it is busy.
Our bone marrow produces stem cells that mature into red
In today’s world of advanced medical technology, a blood test may seem quite simple, but it provides a wealth of information. Results from blood tests give your doctor data about the condition of multiple organs and systems in your body.
The most commonly ordered blood tests include a CBC (complete blood
We hear the term frequently but may not fully understand it: What is heart disease? Yet there is no simple way to define it, however, because it’s actually a broad term that refers to many conditions that affect the heart or your blood vessels.
Among the types of cardiovascular diseases are:
You’re experiencing celiac disease symptoms and your doctor suspects you may have celiac disease. That’s hard enough. But you also need to be aware that celiac disease symptoms can tee you up for a host of related disorders. Autoimmune disorders lead this list.
A 1999 Italian study published in the journal