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Myth Busters: Hepatitis C

As we disgusted in the previous post, hepatitis C is a viral infection that causes damage to the liver over time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2.7 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C. A chronic infection, it can lead to serious scarring of the liver called cirrhosis, as well as liver cancer and liver failure.

Myth busters: Hepatitis C
Myth: There is no cure for hepatitis C.
Fact: Not only can patients with hepatitis C be treated, they can also be cured. “Cured” means that the hepatitis C virus is not detectable in your blood months after treatment has ended. Relapse or reinfection is still possible and a person can still have liver disease even after being cured.

Myth: You can get hepatitis C from sharing eating utensils.
Fact: Hepatitis C is passed from person to person when an uninfected person’s blood comes in contact with infected blood. Hepatitis C isn’t spread by sharing eating utensils, food or drinks, or from shaking or holding hands with someone who’s infected.

Myth: There is no way to reduce the risk of getting hepatitis C .
Fact: There are ways to lessen your risk of getting the hepatitis C virus. Some of these include:
Avoid sharing needles and injecting or snorting drugs.
Don’t share razors, toothbrushes, nail clippers, or other personal care items that may have come into contact with infected blood.
Don’t use tattoo or piercing equipment that’s been used on someone else.

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What is Hepatitis C?

doctor-563428_1280Hepatitis C is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver. Over time, it can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and liver failure. Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus. It is spread by contact with an infected person’s blood.

Often times a person doesn’t know that they have hepatitis C until they already have some level of liver damage. This can take many years. Some people who get hepatitis C have it for a short time and then get better. This is called acute hepatitis C. But most people who are infected with the virus go on to develop long-term, or chronic, hepatitis C. Although hepatitis C can be very serious, most people can manage the disease and lead active, full lives.

Contracting the virus
You can get hepatitis C the following ways:
*By sharing needles and other equipment used to inject illegal drugs. This is the most common way to get hepatitis C in the United States.
*You had a blood transfusion or organ transplant before 1992. As of 1992 in the United States, all donated blood and organs are screened for hepatitis C.
*You get a shot with a needle that has infected blood on it. This happens in some developing countries where they use needles more than once when giving shots.
*You get a tattoo or a piercing with a needle that has infected blood on it. This can happen if equipment isn’t cleaned properly after it is used.

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Benefits of Drug and Alcohol Testing at Work

man-162604_640The ramifications for both an employer and an employee who comes to work impaired from drugs or alcohol, or an employee who is actually using while on the job, is major. Drug and alcohol abuse affects job performance, absenteeism, tardiness, employee theft and behavioral problems.

Running a drug- and alcohol-free workplace is a smart decision in regards to your company’s liability, but it also helps eliminates work-place interference’s, not to mention improving safety.

Employees want a working environment that is safe. Substance abuse contributes to an extremely unsafe working environment. Alcohol and drugs are responsible for one in six on-the-job fatalities. The National Safety Council reported that 80 percent of those injured in “serious” drug-related accidents at work are not the drug abusing employees, but innocent coworkers and others.

Alcohol and drug testing ensures the hiring of more effective workers and a safer and more productive workplace – the kind of environment in which people want to work.

Unsure how to run a drug-free workplace? It’s actually quite simple using Alcohol Rapid testing kit. The test strips allow you to perform on-site random alcohol screening, with results in as little as two minutes. Visit today to learn more.

Bone Scans: Bone Density Testing Part II

bone density testingAs mentioned previously, bone scans are performed to discover abnormal metabolic activity within the bones. This can be due to infection, cancer, etc. Consider a bone test to be the factor that establishes how the bones are behaving and how they heal. The second part of this article is dedicated to how the bone scan is actually performed. Here are the steps involved in bone metabolism tests:

  • Radioactive dye is injected into the arm. Then, within 2-4 hours, imaging may then begin. The dye is not harmful and can circulate freely throughout the body without worry of injury or side effects.
  • A technician then scans the bones. Damaged bone will show up on the scan due to the fact that the dye is attracted to it. They then appear as dark spots on the scanner.
  • These steps can then be repeated if the physician decides that the test was inconclusive or unclear.

If abnormalities are seen on the scan, it would then be customary to continue testing to what could be the root cause of the problem in the scan. The full procedure takes approximately an hour and can be slightly uncomfortable but not painful. The test can be helpful to determine issues with bone density and the measurement of bone metabolism.

Bone Scans: Bone Density Testing Part I

bone-density-testingBones are the structure and armor of the body. Our bones protect our organs and keep us without significant injury. However, bones do age and can break and/or become brittle. It is necessary to find out if the bones will heal properly and within what timeframe. Bone density testing is then used to determine and document the abnormal metabolic activity of the bone structure of your body. A physician would order a bone scan for many different reasons including:

  • Arthritis
  • Avascular necrosis (bone death from decreased blood supply to the bone)
  • Bone cancers
  • Cancer from other organs that has spread to the bones
  • Infection
  • Breaks/ fractures
  • Paget’s Disease (bone breakdown)

Bone pain is the main reason when considering a bone density test. This could be due to many factors and can be narrowed down by an examination. A bone density test shows issues with bone metabolism which can dictate how the bone breaks down, as well as how it heals itself. It can also show how the bone is reacting to infection, cancer, etc. Having a bone density test allows for so much information to be found about your bones that it is necessary when experiencing any form of bone pain.

Warning Signs Of A Heart Attack

Did you know that almost every 34 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack? That’s an alarming number. A heart attack occurs when coronary arteries become narrow and/or blocked over time. In order to survive a heart attack, the heart must have a continuous supply of oxygen.

body-116585_1280Recognizing the symptoms of a heart attack can literally save your life. While some heart attacks come on suddenly and are intense, most start slowly with only mild pain and discomfit that is easily overlooked. Knowing the signs and catching a heart attack early can mean the difference between life and death. Here is a list of common symptoms to be aware of:

Discomfort in chest: Discomfort in the middle or on the left side of the chest is common in most heart attacks. This pain or discomfort, described as uncomfortable pressure or squeezing in the chest area, can last for a few minutes or go away and come back repeatedly. Heart-attack-related chest pain has also been compared to heartburn or indigestion. Discomfort is also commonly felt in one or both arms, as well in the back, neck, and/or jaw.

Shortness of breath: Difficulty catching your breath can occur with or without chest pain and can be an early sign of a heart attack, especially if it occurs when you are resting or engaged in minimal physical activity.

Other symptoms include lightheadedness, dizziness, and unexplained sweating as well as stomach pain – usually in the upper part of the stomach, above the belly button – nausea and/or vomiting. If you are experiencing symptoms but aren’t sure if it’s a heart attack, call 911 or contact your doctor. They can run preliminary tests; including a cardiac marker test in hopes of preventing an attack and saving your life.

What are Cardiac Markers?

Cardiac markers are biomarkers measured to evaluate heart function. They are often discussed in the context of myocardial infarction (ie, heart attack), but other conditions can lead to an elevation in cardiac marker level.

heart-665186_1280Cardiac biomarkers are substances that are released into the blood when the heart is damaged or stressed. Measurement of these biomarkers is used to help diagnose, risk stratify, monitor and manage people with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and cardiac ischemia. The symptoms of ACS and cardiac ischemia can vary greatly but frequently include chest pain, pressure, nausea, and/or shortness of breath. These symptoms are associated with heart attacks and angina, but they may also be seen with non-heart-related conditions. Increases in one or more cardiac biomarkers can identify people with ACS or cardiac ischemia, allowing rapid and accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of their condition.

Cardiac marker tests identify blood chemicals associated with myocardial infarction. The myocardium is the middle layer of the heart wall composed of heart muscle. Infarction is tissue death caused by an interruption in the blood supply to an area. Cardiac markers rapid test help physicians to assess acute coronary syndromes and to identify and manage high-risk patients.

What’s The Significance of the LH Surge?

When a couple decides it’s time to have a baby, figuring out the optimal time for intercourse can help speed up nature’s timeline. While lots of “practice” is a positive, there is a specific window of time each month when conception is possible.

pregnant-518793_1280The luteinizing hormone, or LH surge, precedes the release of a women’s egg. The LH surge is a signal from the brain to the ovary that an egg is mature. The brain senses the elevated estrogen levels produced by the maturing egg and releases a burst of luteinizing hormone (LH). When the ovary is bombarded with this burst of LH, the sac-like covering (called the follicle) surrounding the egg thins, allowing the egg to escape.

For most women with regular cycles, the LH surge occurs between cycle day 12 and cycle day 16. Use of an ovulation predictor kit during this time period should yield a positive result. The ovulation urine or serum rapid test is a qualitative testing tool that can predict when there is a LH surge, and in turn decide when a woman is likely to ovulate. Detecting the LH surge is important because it allows accurate prediction of ovulation, thus improving the timing of fertility attempts.

On the day the kit returns a positive result, the couple can anticipate ovulation within 12-24 hours. Timing intercourse the day of the LH surge and the day after will ensure sperm exposure during this window of opportunity when egg fertilization is most likely.

Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria

Malaria is a serious and sometimes lethal disease caused by a parasite. The parasite infects certain mosquitos, which can later mosquito-719613_640transmit the disease to humans while feeding on them. The disease is much more common in South Asia and Africa. About 1,500–2,000 cases of malaria are reported every year in America, and almost all are in people who have recently traveled.  The disease now occurs in more than 90 countries worldwide, and it is estimated that there are over 500 million clinical cases and 2.7 million malaria-caused deaths per year.

Symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, nausea and sweating. Although clinically indistinguishable from many other diseases, malaria is a curable disease if the patient has access to an early diagnosis and treatment.

A malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) can aid in the diagnosis of malaria by identifying a presence of malaria antigens in the human blood. It can detect Plasmodium falciparum or one of the other three species of human malaria, providing results in 15-20 minutes. Due to the variation in parasite species, different RDTs may be appropriate in different settings. All positive RDTs should be followed by microscopy.

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Detecting Pregnancy with HCG Tests

embryo-159691__180A human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test is done to check for the presence of HCG in blood or urine. The hormone is produced in the early stages of pregnancy (as early as ten days after conception). Generally, blood tests are more sensitive than urine tests and can therefore be done earlier with the same level of accuracy. If the first test result is negative but a pregnancy is still suspected, the test should be retaken about a week later. Because HCG rises rapidly, a negative result can turn positive within this time period.

Results from the test can also help determine and monitor an abnormality of the pregnancy. For example, low HCG levels during a pregnancy can suggest an ectopic pregnancy or even miscarriage. High HCG levels can indicate twins or triplets.

An HCG test is often used to screen for pregnancy if a woman is about to undergo a medical treatment or test that can potentially harm a fetus, such as an operation or taking certain drugs. HCG tests are designed for rapid determination, so doctors and surgeons can detect a pregnancy even before performing any emergency treatments.

At RapidTest, we offer a range of accurate, fast pregnancy tests in cassette and strip formats.