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How to cope with pain, distress, and anxiety during a medical/lab test

Having blood drawn or providing a urine or stool sample may not be a pleasant experience for many of us. Chances are high that you may feel your heart racing, knots in your stomach, or palms sweating. This is normal as many of us suffer from types of phobias like hemophobia (fear of blood) or trypanophobia (fear of needles). Regardless if you experience any of these issues while going for a test, it is one of those necessary evils as they are an important part of the standard and preventive health care, which can provide important information to your healthcare practitioner about how your body is working. Here are some general tips on how to cope with pain, discomfort, and anxiety during the sample collection and make the experience less stressful.

Types of Urine Tests

  • Feb 27, 2021
Types of Urine Tests

There are many tests that need urine as a sample for testing and further result interpretation. In general, there are five standard urine tests that can be utilized to analyze the different components of urine. Out of those five tests, two of them can also be done at home, whereas the other three can only be conducted in a laboratory.

Blood and Urine Tests Explained

Testing your blood and urine can let your doctor see how your body is working. This blog post explains why blood and urine tests are performed, their types, and the procedure for sample collection.

Blood Tests Administered During Pregnancy-Part 2

This article is an extension of our previous post “Blood Tests Administered During Pregnancy- Part 1”, where we identified the blood tests usually ordered during the first trimester of pregnancy. This article discusses the blood tests to be taken during the second and third trimester of pregnancy to detect and monitor the conditions that may affect the health of the unborn baby or the mother.

Blood Tests Administered During Pregnancy-Part 1

During the journey of pregnancy, prenatal care plays an important role. Prenatal care is when you get check-ups, blood tests, and all other routine tests from a doctor, nurse, or midwife throughout your pregnancy. This blog discusses the blood tests to be taken during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Medical Conditions that increase the severity of COVID-19 complications

The coronavirus pandemic has emerged and is relentlessly engulfing the whole globe. It has disrupted human activity and has destabilized the world’s economy. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of confirmed cases worldwide as of November 15, 2020, was 53,766,728 including 1,308,975 confirmed deaths and the numbers are still rising. The US, India, and Brazil are leading the tally of most infected countries. The US accounted for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 10,641,431 and 242,542 respectively, according to WHO. The physicians and public health research scientists are working tirelessly to tackle this virus. As the symptoms of the virus are varied, it poses problems before the health agencies. With its growth, the emergence of scientific publications trying to analyze the underlying medical conditions that may increase the severity of COVID-19 complications is also rising. According to the latest report by Italy’s National Institute of Health among 99% of COVID-19 patients who have died, it was found that at least one among them had pre-existing medical conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also come out with a report mentioning certain underlying conditions that may increase the severity of COVID-19 complications. This blog is dedicated to discuss those conditions.

Poor Health Choices put Americans at higher risk for COVID-19 complications

Coronavirus disease, commonly known as COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered virus called coronavirus or officially called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO has already declared coronavirus a pandemic because of its extensive and widespread scale of the outbreak. The United Nations, on the other hand, has categorized COVID-19 as the “worst global crisis” since World War II. The US, India, and Brazil are leading the tally of most infected countries.

Blood Tests for Elderly/Older People (part 2)

Aging is a steady, and continuous process of human life. As we grow older, many bodily functions begin to gradually weaken and can present seniors with various health challenges. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people 60 years old and above are referred to as older or elderly persons (1). People of this age group are more susceptible to developing diseases and thus, preventive health care (PHC) is highly recommended for them. To put it precisely, prevention is better than cure.

Blood Tests for Elderly/Older people (part-1)

Aging is a part of human life. Human life starts with birth, then it enters the stages of childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and finally old age. Aging is an inevitable and irreversible process. It is estimated that elderly people account for about 12 percent of the world’s population–and this is rapidly increasing to over 22 percent by 2050 (1). As we grow older, a wide range of changes happens in the body to varying degrees, which could result in different health issues. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people 60 years old and above are referred to as older or elderly persons (2). People of this age group usually have high chances of developing diseases and preventive health care (PHC) is highly recommended for them. To put it accurately, prevention is better than cure.

Important Blood Test Women

The corporate world is experiencing a paradigm shift with more female employees slowly rising the ladder and creating their own position in the once called “men’s world”. A successful woman today flawlessly juggles between their roles at home and work and is smartly reprioritizing their focus where and when it needs. This huge portfolio of responsibilities surely demands double the amount of energy to keep going, so maintaining good health is vital for women.