Absolute Eosinophil Count To Check For A Disease

download (39)An absolute eosinophils count is a kind of blood test specially performed to chart the number of white blood cells called eosinophils present in the body as these eosinophils charge up in case a person suffers from an allergic disease, an infection or any other medical condition. The test can also be done to monitor the ongoing treatment against parasites.

Low Number of Eosinophils

A low count of eosinophils in the blood is likely to happen if a person is suffering from Cushing syndrome, bloodstream infection or treatment with corticosteroids. Though a low number does not signify that the individual surely has a disease as the other parts of the immune system, compensate adequately.

High Number of Eosinophils

Some of the common causes of increased count are as follows:-

  • Allergic disorder
  • Particular type of cancer, or
  • Parasitic infections.

In case the count is only slightly elevated, people do not show any symptoms, and the high count is detected only when a complete blood count is done for some other purpose. However, if the count is very high, the increased number of eosinophils can inflame the tissues and even cause organ damage. The heart, skin, lungs and the nervous system are the most commonly affected parts.

Prepare for the Test

No particular preparation is required for an absolute eosinophils test. However, certain medications must not be taken before the test as they can affect the test results. Medicines which should be avoided are as follows:

  • Appetite suppressors (Amphetamines)
  • Certain kind of laxative consisting psyllium
  • Interferon
  • Tranquilizers
  • Certain type of antibiotics.

Normal Results

Any count between 50 to 400 cells per microliter (cell/mcL) is considered to be a normal result. On the other hand, if the count is higher than the specified upper value, can be associated with the following diseases:

  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Hay fever
  • Leukemia
  • Eczema

In case the count is less than the specified lower value, it may be due to

  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Over production of certain kind of steroids in the body.

How the Test will Feel?

Being a kind of blood test, an Absolute Eosinophils Count test is easy to perform. The patient will feel a little uneasiness only when the needle is inserted in one of the veins for drawing blood. Post that, there might just be a bruise at the point of prick which disappears after a short while. The test is safe to perform and does not pose any such health risks.

The author is a health blogger who loves to write on topics related to kidneys such as risk factors, GFR test, various therapies, and treatments. She has been associated with one of the digital marketing companies of India and works as a Sr. Content Executive. The author has also been acclaimed for her enlightening blogs by many veterans.

The Zika Virus and the Olympic Games Committee

download (36)While it looms as a major health threat for the world the Zika virus is not a big enough issue in the minds of the Olympic Games Committee. It refuses to move the venue or postpone the Olympics to another time and the World Health Organisation appears to have buckled under the weight of the money invested. What is it they don’t understand. This disease threatens the life of babies and may spread throughout the world bringing a disaster from which we may never recover.

The long-term effect of the virus is also unknown and mutation of it into something more tragic is also likely. Once people infected with it return to their homelands its spread is virtually assured. So what are we talking about here.

The virus is the result of a mosquito bite and it has already spread beyond the borders of Brazil where it first came to the world’s attention. Because of the constant travel of organisers and others in and out of the country, as well as the neighbouring nations where it has also spread, it has already arrived in China, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and even in Australia with travellers.

It is known to be picked up by mosquitos in the tropical and subtropical regions who will then go on to bite other hosts. It is responsible for the microcephaly in babies whose heads are malformed and brains greatly reduced in size. Many of these infants have difficulty with vision while other impairments are prominent. In children born with such a condition life expectancy is greatly reduced.

Some babies will die in the first year of life, which is a heartbreaking scenario for parents. Other will need looking after for the during of their time on earth and the longest they have been known to live is 35 years. The handicaps they face and the drain on the communities that will support them is huge.

Brazil is predominantly a Catholic country and family planning, contraceptives, and abortions are all banned. With memory of my reincarnation and wisdom to know that this religion and others born of it are nothing but make-believe dreams passed down from ancestral sun-worshipers it is easy to see a purpose in God’s plan.

We are in the last days and that is obvious from all that is taking place. Not least of these is the way nations are lining up to fight out their disputes. Coupled with climate change and global warming that will no doubt produce more deadly diseases the world is on a losing streak of major proportions.

Money is not the only thing that has sprung this trap as ignorance and a willingness to follow blindly in the wake of misguided leadership is a human trait.

Deadly Mosquito Borne Viral Diseases

download (34)The statistics are scary when one compares the number of deaths from mosquito borne viruses to that of the deadly Ebola, which has recently killed over 1,000 in central and west Africa. It is the most dangerous animal or insect in the world and its potential to strike anyone anywhere makes it a greater spreader of death than any air-borne disease, such as the flu which is also one of the major killers in the world.

According to recent statistics viruses spread by mosquitoes such as dengue, West Nile, and yellow fever kill over 50,000 worldwide per year while malaria kills over 600,000. It is estimated that 40% of the world’s population or 2.5 billion people are at risk, according to the Center for Diseases Control (CDC).

These diseases are usually the result of tropical mosquitoes that tend to be the most dangerous but with climate change and global warming they are spreading into new areas. They are also adapting to colder regions, as noticed in Australia where Ross Rover fever is now found in sub-tropical regions and as far south as New South Wales.

No one can stop global travel and it is inevitable that mosquito borne diseases will mutate as they are transported within hours of infection. In times past the slower boats and even aircraft would have ensured that infected carriers would have been detected before their arrival or, at least, soon after. That would allow containment to have been practiced.

Now it can be days before symptoms occur and by that time many mosquitoes and other carriers would have picked up the seeds to transmit to others.

My reincarnation awakened me to many of the things that are now happening as I believe that all who have lived before are back in bodies at this time. It is foretold in Job 5:19-22 and Isaiah 26:19 that this will happen and I am well versed in prophecies that have been my passion for years. The great jump in population has been rather sudden over the last few decades and is confirmation of them.

Also in agreement is the appearance of the Internet which is promised in Micah 4:1 as the Mountain of God. It is reaching all people everywhere and they are able to access all the information required to discover the truth.

It was also noticed that at the end of the day we would be trapped unable to prevent the final onslaught, and that is certainly what is happening with viruses spread by mosquitos and in the holding of the Olympic Games. Money is at the root of man’s folly and it’s helping to bring the world as we know it to an end.

Why A Glomerular Filtration Test Is Performed

download (38)The kidney is one of the most vital organs, failure of which can cause a significant threat to an individual’s life. If you face symptoms of kidney disease, immediately visit a doctor and get necessary tests done. Of the many tests performed to study the proper functionality of kidneys, a GFR test is the best and most accurate one. It helps measure the amount of creatinine present in the blood, a breakdown product which is filtered out by the kidneys. The test is also utilized to analyze the stage of kidney damage. The higher the presence of creatinine, the higher is the stage of the disease.

How is the test performed?

A sample of blood is needed to carry out the GFR test. As mentioned above, the blood tests for the level of creatinine along with several other factors to estimate the glomerular filtration rate. Different formulas are used for analyzing the condition in children and adult. The formula includes the following:-

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Ethnicity
  • Blood creatinine measurement

Test Preparations

It is quite possible that your doctor may ask you to stop your regular medications for they can affect the test results. These medications include stomach acid medicines and antibodies. Do not discontinue your medications without talking to your doctor. Also, inform the doctor if you are pregnant as the test result is affected by pregnancy.

Normal Test results

As per the National Kidney Foundation, normal test results typically range between 90 to 120mL/min/1.73 m2. Aged individuals can have lower than normal GFR levels because it decreases with progressing age.

Abnormal Test Results

A level below 60 mL/min/1.73 m2 for consecutive three months or more are a sign of fatal kidney disease. On the other hand, a GFR less than 15 mL/min/1.73 m2 is considered a sign of kidney failure and must be treated immediately.

How will the test feel?

Arteries and veins differ in size from one person to the other and from one side of the body to the other. Obtaining a sample of blood can be normal for some but painful for many. The prick can feel a bit stingy. Once the blood is drawn, there might be a slight bruise which soon disappears. The test does not pose any health risks as such if performed using sanitized needle and new injections.

Alternative Risk Factors

There are many other reasons why you may develop a kidney disease. Some of them are as follows:

  • Diabetes
  • Family history of kidney diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Frequent urine tract infections
  • High blood pressure
  • Urinary blockage

The author is a health blogger who loves to write on topics related to kidneys such as risk factors, GFR test, various therapies, and treatments. She has been associated with one of the digital marketing companies of India and works as a Sr. Content Executive.

The Shadow of Osteoporosis

images (17)One of the realities of getting older for some people is osteoporosis. This is a serious condition, a bone disease in fact, and not to be confused with the natural tendency to lose bone density as we age. Osteo refers to bones and porosis to being porous, so porous bones are the appropriately named effects of this condition. There are ways to treat osteoporosis, as well as manage the pain, but the disease is not inevitable. Proper habits can slow and even prevent bone loss as we get older.

What Are the Odds?

While not inevitable, osteoporosis is actually quite common, particularly among women (who have a tendency to lose bone mass at higher rates men). It’s not just a matter of losing bone density, though. When seen under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. Bones suffering from osteoporosis have bigger holes and spaces in the honeycomb pattern, which is why they are brittle.

There are factors that you can control that put you at greater risk of osteoporosis, and there are factors that you cannot control.

Controllable Factors

    • Malnutrition: If you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, you are missing out on vital nutrients for bone health

 

      • Vitamin D deficiency (also caused by not enough sun exposure)
      • Calcium deficiency

 

    • Too much protein

 

    • Too much caffeine

 

    • Too much sodium

 

    • Inactive lifestyle: Regular moderate exercise is absolutely essential for maintaining strong bones

 

    • Smoking

 

    • Drinking too much alcohol

 

  • Significant weight loss

Uncontrollable Factors

  • Advancing age: Risk of osteoporosis increases significantly after the age of 50
  • Being a woman: Sorry ladies, but you all have a greater tendency to lose bone mass than men do, particularly after menopause, which leads me to…
  • Menopause: Hormonal changes in the body affect calcium absorption into bone
  • Runs in the family: If you have a family history of osteoporosis, your risk is greater

What are the Signs?

Unfortunately, you cannot feel osteoporosis in the sense of losing bone density or weakening bones. Often the first sign of this particular disease involves broken bones. Hips are particularly susceptible, as are the wrists and spine. Osteoporosis in the spine can also cause a person to lose height. If a person notices that they are shorter than they were before, it could be an indication of osteoporosis.

Pain can also be an indicator, though it can be hard to tell whether or not it is the result of other factors. Even without broken bones, the pain of osteoporosis can limit a person’s mobility which in turn affects their self-sufficiency. One of the most common fears of getting older is losing one’s independence.