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Patient Rights and Responsibilities
To Keep Teens Slim, Focus on Health not Weight
To Keep Teens Slim, Focus on Health not Weight MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When teenagers are overweight, parents and doctors should encourage a healthy lifestyle rather than worry about the number on the bathroom scale, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says. In new guidelines that address both teen obesity and eating disorders, the AAP says adults should move away from "weight talk," and instead help kids have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. "We need to focus on...
TV Ratings for Parents Let Violence, Drinking Slip Through
TV Ratings for Parents Let Violence, Drinking Slip Through MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Parents should take industry television ratings with a grain of salt, since they don't always reflect the true amount of violence, smoking and drinking in TV shows, a new study warns. Shows approved for children 7 and older (TV-Y7) contain nearly as much violence as shows intended for adults only, said lead researcher Joy Gabrielli. She is a clinical child psychologist at Dartmouth College's Geisel Schoo...
Teen Student-Athletes Often Unfit, Overweight
Teen Student-Athletes Often Unfit, Overweight MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Student-athletes may be more popular than teens who don't play sports, but they're no more fit. Turns out they have similar rates of obesity and high blood pressure as non-athletes, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 2,700 student-athletes in Philadelphia who received free preseason physicals over four years from the non-profit Athlete Health Organization. The physicals are done to identify students wh...
Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand
Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women prefer to see female urologists, but there are far too few to meet a growing demand, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed patient data from 2003 to 2012 for more than 6,000 urologists across the United States. Women represented 54 percent of patients for female urologists, and 32 percent for male urologists, the study found. Of an estimated 9,600 U.S. urologists, between 8 percent and 12 percent...
Truth or Fib? When Kids Say They're Too Sick for School
Truth or Fib? When Kids Say They're Too Sick for School MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's only a matter of time after school begins before parents have to deal with a child who doesn't feel well enough to go. If your child complains of a headache, he or she probably isn't faking, said Dr. Jennifer Caudle. She is an assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J. Stress, lack of sleep or changes in diet can all contribute to headac...
Teen Cyberbullies More Apt to Be Friends Than Strangers
Teen Cyberbullies More Apt to Be Friends Than Strangers SATURDAY, Aug. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Cyberbullying among teens is highly likely to involve current or former friends and dating partners, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from a 2011 survey of nearly 800 students in grades 8 through 12 at a public school in a New York City suburb. About 17 percent had been involved with cyberbullying in the previous week, the study found. Nearly 6 percent of those students were victims; about 9 p...
Twitter Broadening Discussions About Death, Grief: Study
Twitter Broadening Discussions About Death, Grief: Study SATURDAY, Aug. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Twitter and other social media are erasing a 20th century taboo against discussing death and mourning in public, researchers report. Doctoral students in sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle reviewed the feeds of 39 dead Twitter users. They found that people used Twitter to react in a way that differed from other social media sites. For example, Facebook posts about deaths tend to be more...
Two Genes Might Help Predict Breast Cancer Survival
Two Genes Might Help Predict Breast Cancer Survival THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The activity of two genes may help predict certain breast cancer patients' chances of survival and guide their treatment, British researchers report. "We have seen major strides in the treatment of breast cancer, but once it begins to spread round the body it is still often fatal," said Paul Workman. He is chief executive of the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London, which conducted the research. "This...
Texas Reports 1st U.S. Case of Zika From Travel to Another State
Texas Reports 1st U.S. Case of Zika From Travel to Another State TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In what appears to be the first case of Zika infection traveling across state lines, Texas health officials report that a resident of that state who visited Miami recently has tested positive for the virus. The unidentified traveler had returned from the area of Miami where local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus has been reported, and sought testing after becoming ill, state health officia...
Too Many Public Defibrillators Out of Reach When Needed
Too Many Public Defibrillators Out of Reach When Needed MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) placed in public spaces can save the lives of people in cardiac arrest. However, a new Canadian study finds too many of the devices are in buildings that aren't always open, so bystanders can't get them when needed. The study, "serves as a vivid reminder that 24/7/365 access to AEDs is as important as their widespread placement," said one specialist who reviewed the ...
This Key Neighborhood Factor May Help Smokers Quit
This Key Neighborhood Factor May Help Smokers Quit MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The inconvenience of having to walk farther to the nearest cigarette vendor might be enough to help smokers quit, a new study suggests. Researchers in Finland tracked data on almost 21,000 current and former smokers. The investigators wanted to see how changes in the walking distance from home to the nearest tobacco shop affected smoking behavior. The result: For every added one-third of a mile the smoker had to...
Taking a Bike Ride? Don't Forget Your Helmet
Taking a Bike Ride? Don't Forget Your Helmet SATURDAY, Aug. 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- All cyclists should wear bike helmets, which can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, safety experts say. About 800 bicyclists are killed and 500,000 more are treated in emergency rooms every year in the United States. Roughly two-thirds of the deaths and one-third of the injuries involve the head and face, according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. When buying a bicycle helmet, look for a...
Tougher U.S. Air Standards Would Be Lifesavers: Study
Tougher U.S. Air Standards Would Be Lifesavers: Study WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Curbing two types of air pollution could save thousands of lives in the United States every year, a new study contends. Research by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) says that reduced airborne levels of ozone and fine particles would also prevent many serious illnesses and significantly reduce missed days of school and work. The ATS recommendations are lower than current U.S. Environmental Protection Age...
Task Force Calls for More Study Into Risks, Benefits of Kids' Cholesterol Screening
Task Force Calls for More Study Into Risks, Benefits of Kids' Cholesterol Screening TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's not enough evidence to determine the potential benefits or risks of screening for high cholesterol in children and teens without symptoms, signs or a known diagnosis, experts say. For that reason, no recommendation can be made for or against such screening, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) said in a statement released Aug. 9. High cholesterol (lipid disord...
The Safest Way to Get to School Is a Big Yellow Bus
The Safest Way to Get to School Is a Big Yellow Bus SUNDAY, Aug. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- School buses are the safest way for students to get to and from school, according to the National Safety Council. Riding the bus is 13 times safer than riding in the family vehicle and 10 times safer than walking. That's because school buses are designed for safety, with flashing lights, large mirrors, high seat backs and bright yellow colors. The council offers these tips for children who ride the bus to and fr...
Timing of Autism Diagnosis Tied to Choice of Treatment
Timing of Autism Diagnosis Tied to Choice of Treatment FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children diagnosed with autism before age 4 are more likely to get behavioral therapy and less likely to be treated with drugs than those diagnosed later on, a new study says. There is strong evidence that behavioral therapy directed at core symptoms such as poor social skills and inflexible behaviors is an effective treatment. And, such therapy may offer long-term benefits for patients' functioning, accordin...
Think Before You Sext: 1 in 4 Shares What You Send
Think Before You Sext: 1 in 4 Shares What You Send FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most people who "sext" expect their erotic images and messages to remain private, but nearly one in four recipients shares them, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed more than 5,800 single Americans aged 21 to 75. Twenty-one percent said they had sent sexual text messages on their cellphone; 28 percent had received them. Sixteen percent had sent sexual photos and more than 23 percent had received such images. ...
Toddlers at High Risk of Chemical Eye Burns: Study
Toddlers at High Risk of Chemical Eye Burns: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children aged 1 and 2 years have relatively high rates of chemical eye burns, with everyday cleaners a common cause, researchers say. The new study, based on U.S. emergency department visits at specific years of age, refutes the belief that workplace chemicals are the most common cause of these potentially blinding eye injuries. "Household cleaners are a huge culprit," said Dr. R. Sterling Haring, who led the s...
Treating Psoriasis May Reduce Risk for Other Ills
Treating Psoriasis May Reduce Risk for Other Ills FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Treating the skin disease psoriasis might reduce your risk for other health problems as well, a dermatology expert says. About 7.5 million people in the United States have the chronic skin disease. The inflammatory effects of psoriasis can affect the entire body, said Dr. Jashin Wu, director of dermatology research at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. "People with psoriasis, particularly those with mo...
The English Bulldog's Health Has Gone to the Dogs
The English Bulldog's Health Has Gone to the Dogs FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- They may be adorable, but English bulldogs are sicker than almost any other breed of dog. And, a new study says their genes don't offer much opportunity to boost their health. The English bulldog's genetic makeup has a lot of changes linked to attempts to adjust its appearance as a breed. These changes disrupted the immune system of the English bulldog, making it harder for the breed to fight off illness, the res...
Tighten Teens' Nighttime Driving Restrictions: CDC
Tighten Teens' Nighttime Driving Restrictions: CDC THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting U.S. teens out of the driver's seat before midnight would reduce their risk of fatal crashes, federal health officials said Thursday in a new report. One-third of fatal teen car crashes occur at night, with 57 percent of those taking place before 12 a.m., according to new statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But while 49 states restrict nighttime driving as part of a gra...
Timing Conception Might Help Reduce Zika Risk in Affected Areas
Timing Conception Might Help Reduce Zika Risk in Affected Areas THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women in Zika-affected countries might reduce their risk of infection during pregnancy by timing conception with periods of low mosquito activity, a new study suggests. Zika is the mosquito-borne virus that's been linked to miscarriages and serious birth defects. Since last year, several countries in the Caribbean and in Central and South America have been hit hard by the epidemic, most notably Br...
Transgender's Classification as 'Mental Disorder' Is Outdated, Study Finds
Transgender's Classification as 'Mental Disorder' Is Outdated, Study Finds TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Being transgender is currently classified as a mental health disorder in the World Health Organization International Classification of Diseases (ICD), but a new study suggests that should change. And, such a change wouldn't be without precedent. The American Psychiatric Association removed gender identity disorder from the latest edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental...
Teasing Out Where the Tokers Live
Teasing Out Where the Tokers Live TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you smoke pot might depend on what part of the United States you live in, a new survey suggests. Marijuana use by Americans is highest in the West and lowest in the South, according to a federal government report that also examined people's beliefs about the risk of harms associated with the drug. Among people 12 and older, rates of marijuana use in the past month were close to 10 percent in the West and slightly over 6...
Too Much Red Meat Might Harm Kidneys, Study Suggests
Too Much Red Meat Might Harm Kidneys, Study Suggests THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Eating red meat may boost the risk for kidney failure, but swapping even one daily serving of red meat for another protein may reduce the risk, a large study from Singapore suggests. Red meat intake -- in this case, mostly pork -- was strongly associated with an increased risk of end-stage renal disease, the loss of normal kidney function. The relationship was also "dose dependent" -- meaning the higher the ...
Toys Remain Viral Playground for 24 Hours
Toys Remain Viral Playground for 24 Hours TUESDAY, July 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You probably keep your kids away from playmates who cough or sneeze. But how much thought do you give to toys at the doctor's office or day care? A new study finds toys help spread the flu and other viruses because germs can survive on plastic surfaces for as many as 24 hours, a new study shows. "People don't really think about getting viruses from inanimate objects," said study author Richard Bearden II, of Georgia Stat...
Testosterone Therapy May Boost Older Men's Sex Lives
Testosterone Therapy May Boost Older Men's Sex Lives WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Aging men who are losing their sexual pep can receive a love-life boost from testosterone replacement therapy, according to results from the largest "low-T" clinical trial to date. Older men treated with testosterone gel experienced a moderate but significant improvement in their sex drive, sexual activity and erectile function compared to men given a placebo gel, said lead researcher Dr. Glenn Cunningham. ...
The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates?
The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates? TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- States typically raised the minimum drinking age to lower drunk driving rates, but a new study suggests the move could have other health benefits. Researchers say states that prevent people younger than 21 from buying alcohol may also curb deaths from chronic alcohol-related health issues, such as liver disease and certain cancers. The finding wasn't a surprise for one expert in substance abuse treatment....
Those Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance
Those Baby 'Milestones' May Have Longer-Term Importance MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who learn to stand up relatively early may also do a bit better with attention, memory and learning by the time they are preschoolers, a new study suggests. Experts have known that significant delays in reaching movement "milestones" -- such as crawling, standing and walking -- are a sign that a baby may go on to have developmental disabilities. But the new study found a pattern even among babies who...
Type of Disease May Dictate End-of-Life Care
Type of Disease May Dictate End-of-Life Care MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who have cancer or dementia tend to receive more end-of-life care than those dying from other conditions, a new study of Veteran Affairs hospitals finds. The study also found that fewer cancer and dementia patients died in intensive care units, because these patients had more palliative care and end-of-life planning, such as do-not-resuscitate orders, than people with other serious illnesses. Those other illn...
Trypsinogen (Blood) Does this test have other names? Immunoreactive trypsinogen, IRT, newborn screening What is this test? This test measures the amount of trypsinogen in the blood. Trypsinogen is a chemical made by the pancreas. It is usually made in small amounts to help with digestion. In premature babies or babies who had a stressful delivery, levels of trypsinogen in the blood may be elevated. High levels of trypsinogen in a newborn are may mean cystic fibrosis (CF). To find health problems early, ...
Trypsin/Chymotrypsin (Stool) Does this test have other names? Test for concentration of pancreatic enzymes, direct pancreatic enzyme measurement What is this test? This test checks your stool sample for trypsin and chymotrypsin, two enzymes made by the pancreas. The test measures how well your pancreas is working if you have cystic fibrosis (CF). CF stops the pancreas from making its normal digestive enzymes. In most cases, this problem shows up during the first years of life. Children with CF often hav...
Trypsin (Blood) Does this test have other names? Trypsinogen What is this test? This test measures levels of trypsin in your blood to see if you have pancreatitis. Your pancreas is an organ in your belly (abdomen). It lies behind your stomach. One of its jobs is to make enzymes that go into your small intestine to help you digest foods. The pancreas can become inflamed (pancreatitis). This can occur suddenly (acute pancreatitis). Or it can grow worse over a longer time (chronic pancreatitis). During acu...
Troponin Does this test have other names? Cardiac troponin (cTn), cardiac troponin I (cTnI), cardiac troponin T (cTnT) What is this test? This test measures the amount of the protein troponin in your blood. Troponin is found in cells in your heart muscle. When these cells are injured—most often because the heart isn't getting enough oxygen and nutrients—they can release troponin and other substances into the blood. Measuring your levels of troponin often can quickly tell your healthcare provider whether...
Triglycerides Does this test have other names? Lipid panel, fasting lipoprotein panel What is this test? This test measures the amount of triglycerides in your blood. Triglycerides are one of several types of fats in your blood. Other kinds are LDL ("bad") cholesterol and HDL ("good") cholesterol. Knowing your triglyceride level is important, especially if you have diabetes, are overweight or a smoker, or are mostly inactive. High triglyceride levels may put you at greater risk for a heart attack or str...
Tricyclic Antidepressant Screen
Tricyclic Antidepressant Screen Does this test have other names? Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) testing What is this test? This test is used to check a sample of blood or urine for tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Healthcare providers prescribe these medicines for depression and a number of other problems. These include anxiety, headaches, and nerve-related pain. These medicines can be helpful in normal doses. But taking too much can be fatal. These medicines are often the cause of death in prescriptio...
Trichomonas Vaginalis (Discharge)
Trichomonas Vaginalis (Discharge) Does this test have other names? Trichomonas culture, testing for "trich" (pronounced "trick"), trichomoniasis, TV What is this test? This test looks for the Trichomonas vaginalis (T. vaginalis) parasite. This parasite causes a sexually transmitted disease (STD) called trichomoniasis. This is a common type of STD. The parasite is more likely to infect women than men. Experts have traditionally thought it causes few complications. But during pregnancy, it can raise a wom...
Transferrin Does this test have other names? Total iron-binding capacity, TIBC, transferrin saturation What is this test? This test measures the amount of the protein transferrin in your blood. Your liver makes transferrin. It creates much more when your body's stores of iron run low. Iron plays many important roles in your body, including helping your red blood cells carry oxygen. Nearly all the iron in your body is normally attached to transferrin. Normally, your body carefully monitors your iron leve...
Toxoplasma Gondii (Amniotic Fluid)
Toxoplasma Gondii (Amniotic Fluid) Does this test have other names? Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for Toxoplasma gondii DNA What is this test? This test is used to diagnose Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) infection in the fetus. T. gondii is a parasite that can infect people, but infections often don't cause any symptoms. People can become infected after eating infected undercooked meat, especially lamb, venison, or pork, or drinking contaminated water. People can also be exposed to the parasite by clea...
Toxoplasma Gondii Antibody
Toxoplasma Gondii Antibody Does this test have other names? Immunoglobulin G antibodies, immunoglobulin M antibodies, Sabin-Feldman dye test, ELISA, IFA test, agglutination test What is this test? This test looks for antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) infection in your blood. T. gondii is a parasite that can infect people when they: Eat infected meat, especially lamb, venison, or pork, that hasn't been thoroughly cooked Eat food contaminated by knives, utensils, cutting boards, or other fo...
Total Protein and A/G Ratio
Total Protein and A/G Ratio Does this test have other names? Albumin/globulin ratio What is this test? This is a blood test to measure the levels of protein in your body. Your liver makes most of the proteins that are found in your blood. Albumin is one major type of protein. Albumin carries many other substances around your system, including medicines and products your body makes. Another kind of protein called globulin has other functions in your body. This test provides information about the amount o...
Total Copper (Blood)
Total Copper (Blood) Does this test have other names? Total copper serum test What is this test? This test measures the total amount of copper in your blood. Normally most of the copper in your blood is carried by a protein called ceruloplasmin. Adults have 50 and 80 milligrams (mg) of copper in their body, mostly in muscle and the liver. Copper helps make melanin, bone, and connective tissue. It also helps with many other processes in your body. You normally get copper through your diet, in foods like ...
Total Bilirubin (Blood)
Total Bilirubin (Blood) Does this test have other names? Total serum bilirubin, TSB What is this test? This is a blood test that measures the amount of a substance called bilirubin. This test is used to find out how well your liver is working. It is often given as part of a panel of tests that measure liver function. A small amount of bilirubin in your blood is normal, but a high level may be a sign of liver disease. The liver makes bile to help you digest food, and bile contains bilirubin. Most bilirub...
TORCH Panel Does this test have other names? TORCH screen What is this test? The TORCH panel test is used to help diagnose infections that could harm the fetus during pregnancy. TORCH is an acronym of the 5 infections covered in the screening: T oxoplasmosis. This infection is caused by a parasite commonly picked up from cat stools. Babies can get congenital toxoplasmosis. If untreated, it can cause blindness, deafness, seizures, and intellectual disability. O ther, including syphilis. Syphilis is a sex...
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Does this test have other names? TSH, thyrotropin test What is this test? This is a blood test that measures your level of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Healthcare providers use this test to diagnose problems affecting the thyroid. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland near the base of your throat above your collarbones. The thyroid makes two hormones, T3 and T4, that affect your energy levels, mood, weight, and other important parts of your health. The pituitary glan...
Thyroid Antithyroglobulin Antibody
Thyroid Antithyroglobulin Antibody Does this test have other names? Thyroid antibody test, thyroglobulin antibody test What is this test? This blood test looks for antibodies made by your body in response to thyroglobulin, a protein made by the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the lower-front of your neck that makes the hormones T3 and T4. These hormones help control your metabolism, the process in which your body uses energy. The thyroglobulin antibody test can help diag...
Thyroid Antibody Does this test have other names? TPO Abs, Tg Abs, TSH-Rs Abs What is this test? This test measures the amount of thyroid antibodies in your blood. The test can help find out whether you have a problem with your thyroid. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland near the base of your throat above your collarbone. The thyroid makes two hormones, T3 and T4. These hormones affect your energy levels, mood, weight, and other important aspects of your health. In some people, the immune system m...
Thrombin Time Does this test have other names? Thrombin clotting time, TCT What is this test? Blood clotting is an important step in healing from an injury, such as a cut. Forming a blood clot is a complicated process. It involves many blood components that must interact in a specific order. Thrombin time is a measure of how long the blood's plasma, or the liquid portion of the blood, takes to form a clot. This test gives information about how well one particular blood component called fibrinogen is wor...
Theophylline Does this test have other names? Serum theophylline concentrations, blood theophylline level What is this test? This test measures the level of theophylline in your blood. Theophylline is a chemical similar to caffeine. It's sometimes used as a medicine to treat lung conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and bronchiolitis. Sometimes it's prescribed to babies, especially premature infants, to help their breathing and lung function. Theophylline reduces inflammatio...
Tetanus Antibody Does this test have other names? Vaccine responsiveness test What is this test? This test looks for tetanus antibody in your blood. Tetanus is a serious disease caused by the toxin from Clostridium tetani bacteria. The toxin makes its way into the nervous system and causes muscle spasms and rigid muscles. If you have been vaccinated for tetanus in the past, this test should show that you have enough antibodies against the disease. If your levels are too low, you will be revaccinated. Th...
Total Testosterone Does this test have other names? Testosterone (total), serum testosterone What is this test? This test measures the level of the hormone testosterone in your blood. Testosterone is a male sex hormone (androgen) that helps male features develop. Testosterone is made in the testes and the adrenal glands. It causes the changes that occur in boys during puberty. Testosterone helps hair and muscles to grow. It also helps the penis and testes to grow. Testosterone also causes a boy's voice ...
Tegretol (Blood) Does this test have other names? Carbamazepine level What is this test? This test measures the amount of the medicine carbamazepine in your blood. Carbamazepine is the generic name of a medicine used to treat epilepsy, mania, bipolar disorder, and pain. Brand names include Tegretol, Carbatrol, and Equetro. Certain people have serious but rare skin reactions during the first 4 months of taking this medicine. Some of these reactions can be fatal. The FDA says that people at risk for these...
TB Screening (Skin)
TB Screening (Skin) Does this test have other names? Tuberculin test, TST, Mantoux, PPD (purified protein derivative) What is this test? This test finds out if you have been infected with tuberculosis (TB). This is a highly contagious bacterial infection spread through the air. It's possible to have inactive (latent) TB and not feel sick. Or you can have active TB disease with symptoms. People with latent TB are not contagious. Why do I need this test? You might need this test if you have recently been ...
TB Culture Does this test have other names? Tuberculosis culture What is this test? This test finds out if you have tuberculosis (TB), a highly contagious bacterial infection spread through the air. The test can be done on a sample of sputum, the mucus you cough up from your lungs, or it can be done on urine, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), blood, or tissue. This test is also done to monitor TB treatment. Why do I need this test? You may need this test if screening tests for TB (skin tests or blood tests) ar...
TB Screening (Whole Blood)
TB Screening (Whole Blood) Does this test have other names? Interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA), Quantiferon test, T-spot What is this test? This test finds out whether you have been infected with tuberculosis (TB), a highly contagious bacterial infection spread through the air. It's possible to have inactive (latent) TB and not feel sick, or you can have active TB disease with symptoms. People with latent TB are not contagious. This test is more accurate and more specific than skin tests for TB. Resu...
Tay-Sachs Disease Does this test have other names? Tay-Sachs carrier screening, Tay-Sachs prenatal testing, Tay-Sachs disease DNA analysis What is this test? This test looks for specific gene changes in a sample of your blood. If you are already pregnant, the test looks at a sample of the fetus' blood. These gene changes (mutations) cause most cases of Tay-Sachs disease. Tay-Sachs disease is caused by a lack of a vital enzyme, Hex A (hexosaminidase-A). This can cause a fatty substance called GM2 ganglio...
Tartrate-Resistant Acid Phosphatase
Tartrate-Resistant Acid Phosphatase Does this test have other names? Bone turnover marker, tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5b, TRAP What is this test? This test looks for the chemical tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) in your blood. This test can also be done on bone marrow. TRAP can appear in your blood if you have hairy cell leukemia, a kind of cancer that attacks your blood and bone marrow. It can also appear when bone is broken down in your body, as in the disease osteoporosis or in can...
T and B Lymphocyte and Natural Killer Cell Profile
T and B Lymphocyte and Natural Killer Cell Profile Does this test have other names? Lymphocyte profile, lymphocyte subset panel What is this test? This test finds and counts 3 types of white blood cells in your blood. Your body makes several types of white blood cells to fight off disease or illness. Lymphocytes are one type of white blood cell. They help your immune system by making antibodies and other substances that battle cancer and infections and by killing cells that are infected or that are fore...
Total and Free Insulin (Blood)
Total and Free Insulin (Blood) Does this test have other names? Serum insulin level What is this test? This blood test measures two types of insulin in your body: total and free. Insulin is found in your body in many forms. Bound insulin is attached to other proteins. This often occurs in people with diabetes who are treated with insulin. Free insulin is not attached to other proteins. Total insulin measures both free and bound insulin. The hormone insulin plays a key role in keeping your blood sugar at...
Two-Hour Postprandial Glucose
Two-Hour Postprandial Glucose Does this test have other names? Glucose, postprandial; glucose, two-hour postprandial; two-hour PPG; two-hour postprandial blood sugar What is this test? This is a blood test to check for diabetes. If you have diabetes, your body doesn't make enough insulin to keep your blood sugar in check. This means your blood sugar levels are too high, and over time this can lead to serious health problems including nerve and eye damage. This test is done to see how your body responds ...
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