white blood cells

Pus: An Unmistakable Sign of Infection

You had a fall and suffered the tell-tale scrape on your knee. Within a week, it’s filled in with green pus. Don’t worry, there’s no alien at play here. Pus is a sign that your body’s defense system has kicked in. All you need to do is figure out what … Read More

Blood Test: What Our Results Tell Us About Our Health

An annual physical and a blood test go hand in hand. Blood tests can help a doctor to diagnose multiple medical problems and diseases, sometimes before a patient notices any of the tell-tale symptoms. Conditions such as cancer, liver disorders, diabetes, thyroid problems, anemia, blood cancer, heart disease, stroke, and … Read More

Silent Heart Attack: What It Means and How to React

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 … Read More

Blood Types Provide Important Clues About Our Health

Blood types are important when it comes to donating blood or having a transfusion. They’re also a good indicator of your potential health risks. Those with certain blood types are genetically predisposed to various illnesses, for instance. From heart disease to cancer, your specific blood type could alert you to … Read More

“Normal” Urine Color: 50 Shades of Yellow

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 … Read More

Common Cold and Flu Prevention: 15 Tips to Keep You Healthy

Every year, millions of Americans are hit by cold, flu, and other respiratory infections. While the common cold will rarely cause serious complications, the flu and other infections—such as Legionnaire’s, pneumococcus, and mycoplasma—can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening complications, especially in the young, the elderly, and the chronically sick. … Read More

Joint Inflammation Is Easy to Recognize, But Difficult to Treat

Joint inflammation is easily recognizable—it's a condition that affects 80 percent of the world’s population. You’ll know inflammation by its symptoms: pain, warmth, redness, swelling, and perhaps loss of joint function. The symptoms are uncomfortable but manageable with rest, ice, compression, elevation—the classic "RICE" treatment—and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like … Read More

Ehrlichiosis: Another Tick-Borne Disease on the Rise

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 … Read More

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