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What is syphilis, and can a blood test detect it?

Syphilis is a common but serious sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium, Treponema pallidum. When a person has direct physical contact with another person who has a syphilitic sore or lesion, more commonly known as a chancre, there is a likelihood of transmission. Initially painless and circular, chancres can be found on or around the external genitals, in the vagina, or around the anus. They can also appear in the rectum and in or around the mouth.

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How to Cope with the Negative Health Impacts of Staying Indoors

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused most of us to stay indoors to practice social and physical distancing. For some of us, working remotely, watching Netflix day and night during weekends, buying essentials online, and generally staying at home 24/7 have been the new normal. Though this may be necessary to keep us away from being affected by the pandemic, staying indoors has a lot of health implications – mentally and physically

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What is a D-Dimer Blood Test, and Why Do I Need One?

Simply put, a D-dimer blood test detects or helps rule out the presence of blood clot. A blood clot is a clump of blood that is necessary to prevent you from losing too much blood when dealing with injuries. Scientifically, the D-dimer blood test measures the amount of protein called “fibrin D-dimer.” Fibrin D-dimer is produced whenever Fibrin, a protein that is a chief component of blood clot, is being actively degraded within the vascular system. 

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