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M-Protein Antibodies and Significance in Blood 1X

M-Protein Antibodies and Significance in Blood

What is the M protein? Where does it come from, and what does it have to do with myeloma, blood cancers, and kidney disease? M-protein is an antibody—or part of an antibody—that can show up in tests of your blood and/or urine, and its presence...

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Fistula Repair for Crohn’s Patients

Fistulas are tunnel openings between two organs. They can be extremely painful. Learn how to heal a fistula with and without surgery. A fistula develops when there is a connection between two organs in the body, or an organ and the skin, that...

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How to Increase Your Platelet Count Naturally

Some foods may raise your platelet counts when they’re too low. Learn what causes a low platelet count and how to increase it naturally. Platelets, also known as thrombocytes, are a type of blood cell responsible for blood clotting. For example,...

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What to Expect During a Severe Asthma Attack

A severe asthma attack can strike at any time. Learn what causes it and what to expect during emergency medical care. Severe asthma is a lung disease that does not respond well to typical asthma treatments. It can become serious and even...

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What Is Aplastic Anemia Rash?

Certain types of anemia may lead to red rash-like pinpricks on the skin. These are most commonly petechiae and purpura as a result of aplastic anemia. Anemia is a condition in which a person has a low red blood cell count. Some people with aplastic...

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What Is a Fistula Seton?

A fistula seton is a string-like material that's placed in a fistula to help it drain, prevent complications, and begin the healing process. A fistula seton is a special type of flexible material that’s surgically placed into a fistula. A...

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What Is Fear of Commitment (Gamophobia)?

Learn more about fear of commitment (gamophobia), including its definition, characteristics, diagnosis, causes, treatment, and ways to cope. Fear of commitment, or gamophobia, is a phobia related to fears around making a commitment to a partner,...

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The Link Between High Blood Pressure and Pain

High blood pressure and pain go hand-in-hand, which can complicate things for people with chronic pain. Learn what happens in the nervous system. Pain tells the body that something is wrong. It is an involuntary response from the nervous system....

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Creating Space for Women of Color With HIV

Lillian Anglada shares her journey living with HIV and helping women of color in the HIV community. This article is part of Health Divide: HIV, a destination in our Health Divide series. Photo courtesy of Lillian Anglada / Designed by Julie...

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Prognosis of Psoriasis: What Factors Play a Role

The prognosis of psoriasis is that it is incurable but controllable with treatment, depending on the severity, type of psoriasis, and affected areas. If you’ve just received a diagnosis of psoriasis from your doctor or dermatologist, you may be...

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