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Allergies, Blood & Immune System

Of all the invisible medical conditions you can be affected by, allergies such as hay fever or a food intolerance can be the hardest to live with. It's all linked to your immune system, and we've got lots of expert insight to help you understand how the body's natural defence mechanism works.

 

"Allergies are really common – hay fever, for instance, is an allergy to pollen. But severe allergies can be life-threatening, so you need to know what to look out for. "

What is blood?

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Authored by Dr Jacqueline Payne Reviewed by Dr John Cox Blood is made up of liquid (plasma) and various different types of cells. An average-sized man has about 5-6 litres of blood in his body; a woman has slightly less. Blood has many different functions – detailed below. Where is blood found? Blood is found in blood […]

Blood Clotting Tests

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Authored by Dr Laurence Knott, Reviewed by Dr John Cox | Last edited 16 Nov 2017 | Certified by The Information StandardIn this series:Immune ThrombocytopeniaPurpuric RashesAntiphospholipid SyndromeThrombophilia Blood clotting tests are used to diagnose and assess bleeding problems and to monitor people who take warfarin or other anticoagulant medicines. IN THIS ARTICLE How does blood clot? What problems can occur? Blood clotting […]

Signs you may have anaemia

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Authored by Gillian Harvey  Published on: 4:14 PM 14-Sep-18 Reviewed by Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE  Reading time: 4 min read We all feel a little tired and run-down from time to time. But if the feeling continues, or is excessive, you might start wondering whether something else is wrong. One common cause of feeling run-down is anaemia. Here we look at the […]

Diets Suitable for People with Anaemia

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Authored by Dr Laurence Knott, Reviewed by Dr Jacqueline Payne | Last edited 11 Aug 2017 | Certified by The Information StandardIn this series:AnaemiaFolic Acid Deficiency AnaemiaIron-deficiency AnaemiaMacrocytosis and Macrocytic AnaemiaVitamin B12 Deficiency and Pernicious Anaemia If you have anaemia, you may be able to change your diet to include foods which contain more of the vitamins or minerals you are short […]

Anaemia

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Authored by Dr Laurence Knott, Reviewed by Dr Jacqueline Payne | Last edited 1 Nov 2017 | Certified by The Information StandardIn this series:Diets Suitable for People with AnaemiaFolic Acid Deficiency AnaemiaIron-deficiency AnaemiaMacrocytosis and Macrocytic AnaemiaVitamin B12 Deficiency and Pernicious Anaemia Anaemia means that you have fewer red blood cells than normal or you have less haemoglobin than normal in each red […]