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Blood panels are a common part of physical exams, but to the layperson, they're almost meaningless in their complexity. With every metric – red blood cell count, cholesterol, iron levels, and so many more – measured completely differently and independently from one another, it's not...

Medical care has come a long way since the days of attempting the bleed away disease with the use of leeches and putting heroin in children's cough syrup. Today, it's possible to address diseases and disorders with resources never before thought possible, from treating cancer...

Drug testing is a frequent cause for concern, particularly for those who regularly do drugs and face testing for criminal or employment purposes. As different drugs metabolize at varying rates, it's not always easy to know when hair, urine, saliva, or blood will be clear...

Blood tests are a normal part of a good health regimen and are often included in physical exams for adults of all ages. Anyone who has scheduled a preventative care visit that includes a standard panel of blood tests has likely heard the same warning:...

The liver plays an essential role in overall health and wellness, filtering toxins and producing proteins and enzymes necessary to promote other critical functions. Effectively serving as your body's chemical processing plant, your liver is vital in keeping the digestive tract and other bodily systems...

Blood testing is an important part of regular health screening and, as such, is often included in annual physical examinations. Most physicians recommend both standard panels to patients as well as more in-depth screenings as warranted to best understand the state of a patient's overall...

For most non-drug users, methamphetamine exists as a single substance, a street drug known as meth, crystal, speed, or crank. In the public eye, meth causes rotting teeth, pockmarked or scabbed skin, and erratic behavior, creating an attitude known as tweaking. All of this is...

Urine-based drug tests are among the most popular options for toxicology screenings, offering a fast, easy, and accessible way to test for the most common forms of addictive drugs. Frequently required for everything from job applications to medical school admissions, urine tests are standard and...