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  • Richer Houses Home to Wider Range of Bugs

    Posted: 08/23/2016

    Richer Houses Home to Wider Range of Bugs FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People aren't the only ones who like living in nicer neighborhoods. Turns out insects also have a taste for lush surroundings, researchers report. An examination of insects in 50 Raleigh, N.C., homes found richer neighborhoods have a greater diversity of plants, which attracts a greater variety of insects. Even individual homes without many plants in the yard are apt to have high levels of insect diversity in those neigh...

  • Regular Exercise: Antidote for Deadly Diseases?

    Posted: 08/17/2016

    Regular Exercise: Antidote for Deadly Diseases? TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Getting lots of exercise may reduce your risk for five common diseases, a new report suggests. Researchers analyzed 174 studies published between 1980 and 2016, and found that people with high levels of weekly physical activity had a lower risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The investigators used a formula called MET minutes to estimate how much activity offered the greatest he...

  • Roll Up Your Sleeves: Red Cross Says Blood Need 'Urgent'

    Posted: 08/04/2016

    Roll Up Your Sleeves: Red Cross Says Blood Need 'Urgent' TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross says it has an urgent need for blood donations, with less than a five-day supply of blood on hand to help those who need it. "The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives," Nick Gehrig, communications director for Red Cross Blood Services, said in a news release. The organization noted it first alerted Americ...

  • Rubeola Antibody (Blood)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Rubeola Antibody (Blood) Does this test have other names? Test for measles-specific IgM antibody What is this test? This test looks for an antibody called measles-specific IgM in your blood. If you have been exposed to the rubeola virus, your body may have made this antibody. The rubeola virus causes measles, an extremely contagious disease. It is spread through the air in droplets after people cough or sneeze. Thirty percent of people who catch the measles have complications. These include pneumonia, d...

  • Rubella

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Rubella Does this test have other names? German measles, rubella antibody test, 3-day measles What is this test? This test measures the amount of rubella antibodies in your blood to see if you have immunity against the rubella virus. Rubella is also called the German measles. It is a very contagious disease that's easily spread through coughing, sneezing, and spitting. In young children, rubella is usually a mild disease with symptoms that include sore throat and fever. Adults may have pink eye, headach...

  • Rotavirus (Stool)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Rotavirus (Stool) Does this test have other names? Rotavirus test, Nucleic acid detection test, Isolation in cell culture What is this test? The rotavirus test is a stool test used to diagnose a rotavirus infection. Rotavirus affects the intestines and causes vomiting and diarrhea. This infection is especially common in young children, but it can affect adults, too. A rotavirus infection causes a condition called viral gastroenteritis. A rotavirus vaccine is available for children, but it's possible to ...

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Blood)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Blood) Does this test have other names? RMSF, Rocky Mountain spotted fever antibodies What is this test? Rocky Mountain spotted fever serum is a blood test used to look for antibodies, or proteins, that the body makes to fight Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) infections. RMSF is a serious bacterial infection caused by a bite from an infected tick. In most people, antibodies can't be found until at least a week after infection. A blood sample is taken about a week after s...

  • Rheumatoid Factor (Blood)

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Rheumatoid Factor (Blood) Does this test have other names? RF blood test What is this test? This test measures the level of a substance called rheumatoid factor (RF) in your blood. It helps your healthcare provider find out whether you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RF is an autoantibody that responds to inflammation caused by RA. Antibodies increase in your blood when they find a foreign substance, such as bacteria. Autoantibodies, on the other hand, attack your own body's proteins. RF is linked to lo...

  • Rh Typing

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Rh Typing Does this test have other names? Rh incompatibility, Rh factor What is this test? Rhesus (Rh) typing is used to determine whether you have a specific protein called Rh factor on the outer layer of your red blood cells. If you do not have Rh factor in your blood, you are Rh negative. If you do have Rh factor in your blood, you are Rh positive. Most people are Rh positive, but Rh negative blood types can be passed down from parents to children. Rh typing is important during pregnancy. If you are...

  • Retic Count

    Posted: 07/31/2016

    Retic Count Does this test have other names? Reticulocyte (reh-TICK-you-loh-SITE) count, retic What is this test? This test measures the number of reticulocytes in your blood. Reticulocytes are immature red blood cells that are still developing. The test finds out whether the marrow inside your bones is making red blood cells the way it should. Red blood cells flow throughout your bloodstream. They bring in fresh oxygen and taking away carbon dioxide. If your body doesn't make enough red blood cells, yo...