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The relation between porphyrins and heavy metal exposure – how to detect your toxicity level?

The level of chemicals, metals and drugs in your body determine the status of your health. It is essential for you to know the levels of heavy metals in case you are at a risk of exposure to them.

What are porphyrins?

Porphyrins are natural chemicals in your body which assist in forming several essential substances in the body. They are essential components of proteins such as hemoglobin and myoglobin, the proteins in red blood cells and muscles respectively which carry oxygen in the blood and muscles.

How Can I Protect Myself and Loved Ones Against Varicella or Chickenpox?

The best way to prevent varicella or chickenpox is to get vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, immunization against the varicella virus gives you complete protection against this highly contagious disease, especially if you received the recommended doses.

In children, the varicella vaccine is typically given in two doses. The first dose is given when they are between 12 and 15 months old, and the second dose is given when they are between 4 and 6 years of age. However, if your child missed these doses, know that he can still have them. The catch-up two varicella vaccine doses are typically given to unvaccinated older children at least 3 months apart when they are between 7 and 12 years old and at least 4 weeks apart when they are older than 13 years old.

What Does Syphilis Do to the Unborn Baby?

 

Congenital syphilis is syphilis transmitted to your baby during pregnancy and while you’re delivering your baby. The bacteria can travel via your bloodstream, and since you and your baby are connected through the umbilical cord which carries oxygenated blood and nutrients to your baby, you will be transmitting the disease to your unborn child as well.

 

It’s so important that you immediately get tested for syphilis and receive prompt treatment of antibiotics so you won’t infect your child. Early detection and treatment can help save your unborn child and prevent bacterial infection.

Having allergies? Not sure about the cause – Elisa Systems - Food Allergen Test Kits could be the solution

Allergies pose a high risk to the health and well being of people in developed countries. Allergies are abnormal immunologic response of your body to a foreign substance. The allergic reactions affect various systems such as the skin, airway, and digestive tract and manifest as rhinitis, urticaria, angioedema, eczema, vomiting, diarrhea and anaphylaxis which can be life threatening.

Can Brain Imaging Detect Autism in Children?

 

Although autism has no cure, early detection is very important since it has a positive impact on the child’s life. Unfortunately, the ways to detect autism in early childhood is very limited. Knowing the risk factors can help, especially if there are other family members who were diagnosed with autism. But aside from knowing the risk factors, parents usually only bring their child to a doctor when he begins to show autism symptoms such as poor social and communication skills.