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Blood and Platelet Transfusion

Once the appropriate type of blood component has been identified, the blood must be tested to make sure it is a suitable match for the patient. Two tests, type and crossmatch, can be used to test compatibility before any blood or blood product from a donor is administered.


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Today’s Interactive Tools and Multimedia

Animation: Cholesterol Animation
Calculator: Ovulation Date Tool
Clinical Wizard: Breast Cancer Risk Factors Clinical Wizard
Podcast: Ultrafast Computed Tomography (Ultrafast CT Scan) Podcast
Quiz: Advance Directive Quiz
Risk Assesment: Colorectal Cancer Risk Assessment
Video: Kidney Stones

Today in Health News

Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

But the findings only show an association; they don't prove cause and effect, experts say

Health Tip of the Day

5 Ways to Weigh a Health Club Offer

  • Staff qualifications. All clubs have weight machines, cycles and steppers, but do they have the staff that can help you use them properly?

  • Price. The less money you make, the more important this will be.

  • Variety. Your club should provide enough choices so that you avoid a rut and work different muscles.

  • Lifesavers. Does the club have anyone trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other lifesaving techniques? For that matter, does the club check on your health? Does the club have a defibrillator?

  • Escape hatch. Your membership agreement should include a "cooling off" period that lets you cancel within a certain time without penalty. The standard is three days.

Healthy Living

Back and Neck Care
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every year. The reasons for the pain are many, including bad posture, accidents, improper lifting, obesity, and weak muscles. Practice prevention to minimize your risk for back pain — get regular exercise, lose any excess weight, and learn good posture.

Health Centers

Asthma
Are you all too familiar with the coughing and wheezing that remind you that you have asthma? Asthma can be a serious problem, but it doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. With the help of your health care team, you can keep your asthma under control.

Your Family

Children's Health
Enjoy good health at every age: know your body and how it works, eat well and stay active, and follow a plan for disease prevention.
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