Any pathology or dysfunction in the body is reflected in a change in the composition of the blood. That is why a blood test is one of the first patient examinations. One of the analyzes is the biological measurement of ESR.
ESR is an indicator of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. The specific gravity of red blood cells is higher than that of plasma. If capillary or venous blood is mixed with anti-clotting drugs, after a while a maroon clot forms at the bottom of the tube.
Red blood cells have a high ability to clump, and the resulting complexes settle faster. Pathological processes in the body can affect “stickiness”, and a blood test shows deviations from the ESR norm.
ESR analysis algorithm
The reliability of the results of a biological study depends on how prepared the patient was for the procedure. Continue reading
Dissociative identity disorder (previously multiple personality disorder) – a violation in which there is a split personality into two or more “I”. For this reason, the term “split personality” cannot be considered correct. In a person with this syndrome, more than two completely different personalities can get along. This is just one of the myths that hovers over the disorder, creating a misconception about the disease. Consider other myths and real facts related to dissociative disorder.
“Split personality” – myths and facts
In order to explain the significance of the disease, you need to understand what a person is. It is believed that the personality is the social nature of a person, a kind of psychological education that can develop in the process of life. Over time, it is the individual who takes control of the person’s decisions and the management of simpler functions. Self-awareness and memory of a person belong entirely to the individual. It is she who is responsible for the thoughts, experiences and control of human actions. Continue reading
Many pregnant women, instead of enjoying their excellent position, concentrate on diseases, sometimes extremely rare, like toxoplasmosis. In order to alleviate unnecessary anxiety and arm yourself with valuable recommendations for the prevention of toxoplasmosis, we will talk about this infection, its specifics during pregnancy, as well as discuss tests and treatment.
Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy
Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic (non-viral and non-bacterial) disease that causes the multicellular parasite Toxoplasma gonii. An extremely unpleasant infection to carry during pregnancy. The parasite lives and multiplies in the cat family, and other mammals, including humans, can be an intermediate host.
Toxoplasmosis is common in warm countries (South America, Asia), so for Russia it is considered a “forgotten” disease. However, 20% of the population of our country have the presence of antibodies-immunoglobulins in the blood, which indicates contact with this parasite in the past. Continue reading