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Men’s Health

Testing the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood is usually done once per year for men over 40. The level of PSA in the blood can indicate a problem or potentially cancer in the prostate. There is some debate over the benefit of widespread testing of PSA levels however most men over 40 continue to have the test performed on an annual basis. They do this because prostate cancer can often be treated and early detection is important.

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Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone Blood Test (TSH)

The TSH blood test (thyroid-stimulating hormone) check for the thyroid gland for problems. The test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood. This hormone is produced in the pituitary gland. The thyroid gland needs it in order to produce the right levels of thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). A thyroid gland […]

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Thyroid Profile (T3T4T7)

Thyroid Profile (T3T4T7 test) measuremes three parts of triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) in the blood. The T7 is a calculated index. The thyroid hormones; thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) are made by the thyroid gland. It uses iodine from food to manufacture these hormones which are stored by your body. Ultimately T3+T4 are used […]

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Complete Blood Count

What Is A Complete Blood Count (CBC) A CBC or complete blood count is routinely ordered in doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, and at annual checkups. It is a comprehensive test that calculates the cellular elements of the blood. While it measures many things one of the most important aspects of the lab test is the measure […]

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The Chemistry Panel By Many Names

The Chemistry Panel may be identified by many different names (a chemistry screen/screening, a basic metabolic panel (BMP), a comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), SMA or SMAC.)  Regardless of the name these panels measure a specific number of elements in the blood indicated by a dash and a number after the panel name such as SMA-6 […]

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