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Alanine Aminotransferase Screenings

ALT is contained primarily inside the liver, but also in lesser quantities in the kidneys, muscles, and pancreas. ALT at one time was referred to as blood serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT). ALT is valuated to check if the liver is impaired or unhealthy. Decreased amounts of ALT are generally contained in the bloodstream. However once the liver has been injured or diseased, it brings out ALT into the blood, which causes ALT amounts to rise. The majority of increases in ALT amounts are created by liver-related injury. The ALT procedure is often completed along with other screenings that look for liver impairment, like aspartate aminotransferase (AST), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), alkaline phosphatase , and bilirubin . Both AST and ALT amounts are reliable screenings for liver injury. Why Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) Tests are Performed The alanine aminotransferase (ALT) procedure is completed to: Discover liver illness, particularly cirrhosis of the liver and

Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis

Hypertrophic stenosis is a condition in which the pyloric muscle around the lower part of the stomach leading to the intestines becomes larger than normal. This causes the outlet of the stomach to become narrow, making it difficult for the stomach to empty its contents into the intestines. Hypertrophic pyloric stenosis is a pediatric disorder that occurs between the ages of two weeks and five months. It is more common in male children and full term infants are more likely to be affected than premature infants. The cause of hypertrophic pyloric stenosis is unknown.   Symptoms of Hypertrophic Stenosis A child with this condition will show the following signs: constipation or a decrease in bowel movements because food fails to reach the intestines. failure to gain weight or weight loss. excessive hunger. dehydration as evidenced by fewer wet diapers than normal for the baby or a decrease in urinating, crying without tears and weakness or fatigue. yellowing of the eyes. T

Anemia: Serious or Minor Illness?

Anemia is a condition where there are not enough red blood cells in the body, or there is not enough protein ( hemoglobin ) in the red blood cells. There are many different types of anemia ranging from mild to moderate, moderate to severe. According to Women's, over three million people in the United States have anemia. Women and people with chronic health conditions are at greater risk than others (1). Is anemia really a serious condition? The answer is yes. Not having enough healthy red blood cells in the body, the cells that carry oxygen to vital organs, means the body is not getting the supply of oxygen it needs. Vital organs are effected and can be damaged, and eventually could lead to death. Anemia can be temporary or long term, diet induced or hereditary, and also could be an indicator of other medical conditions. What are the Types of Anemia and the Symptoms? Some types of anemia include: iron deficiency anemia (IDA) sickle cell anemia aplastic a

Alternative Treatments for Alopecia Sufferers

Alopecia is a term used to describe hair loss and may affect both men and women as well as young people. There are several different types of alopecia, which may cause loss of scalp hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. Types and Causes of Alopecia While the most commonly recognised form of alopecia is alopecia areata, there are three other types of the inflammatory condition. In The Essential Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Herbal Supplements , Brewer (2010), highlights four types of alopecia, to include the following: alopecia areata – hair lost in patches, usually on scalp alopecia totalis – total loss of scalp hair alopecia universalis – loss of hair over entire body alopecia androgenetica – widespread hair loss, moth-eaten appearance The exact cause of alopecia still remains unknown, although stress is believed to be a significant factor in promoting hair loss, through reducing the supply of blood to the scalp. There are also possible links between the non-scarring conditio