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Liver Function Tests

Liver Function Tests Liver enzyme tests, formerly called liver function tests (LFTs), are a group of blood tests that detect inflammation and damage to the liver. They can also check how well the liver is working. Liver enzyme testing includes ALT, AST, alkaline phosphatase; true liver function tests (LFTs) include …

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Diagnosis of liver diseases

Diagnosis of liver diseases The precise diagnosis of liver diseases involves a history and physical examination performed by a health care professional. Understanding the symptoms and the patient’s risk factors for liver disease will help guide any diagnostic tests that may be considered. Sometimes history is difficult, especially in patients …

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The Common Causes of Severe Knee Pain

The Common Causes of Severe Knee Pain Most people experience knee pain at some point in their lives. Sports, exercise and other activities can cause muscle strains, tendinitis, and more serious injuries to ligaments and cartilage. For some, knee pain can be so severe that it limits daily activities. For …

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Diagnosis of disease by nails

Diagnosis of disease by nails Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up …

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What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and what are its symptoms?

What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and what are its symptoms? Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by the sufferer experiencing repeated obsessions and/or compulsions that interfere with the person’s ability to function socially, occupationally, or educationally, either as a result of the amount of …

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Anorexia Nervosa At A Glance

Anorexia Nervosa At A GlanceAnorexia nervosa is an eating disorder and, more importantly, a psychological disorder. The cause of anorexia has not been definitively established, but self-esteem and self-image issues, societal pressures, and genetic factors likely each play a role. Anorexia affects females far more often than males and is …

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How is anorexia treated?

How is anorexia treated? Anorexia may be treated in an outpatient setting or hospitalization may be necessary. For an individual with severe weight loss that has impaired organ function, hospital treatment must initially focus on correction of malnutrition, and intravenous feeding or tube feeding that goes past the mouth may …

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Diagnosing Disorder Depression

Diagnosing DisorderDepression is under diagnosed and under treated. There are several factors at work here. One is the failure of many general practitioners to recognize depression in a patient. Another factor is the lack of understanding most people have about the symptoms of the illness, which prevents them from seeing …

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heart attack

Heart attack This factsheet is for people who have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction or coronary thrombosis), or who would like information about it. A heart attack happens when a coronary artery (a blood vessel that supplies the heart with blood) carrying oxygen-rich blood to heart muscle is blocked. …

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diagnosie heart conditon

This factsheet is for people who are being tested for a heart condition, or who would like information about such tests. A doctor may suggest one or more tests in order to understand the exact cause of symptoms such as chest pain or palpitations (an unpleasant awareness of your heartbeat, …

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