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  • Test

    B and T cell screen

    A B and T cell screen is a laboratory test to determine the amount of T and B cells (lymphocytes) in the blood.

  • Test

    B-cell leukemia/lymphoma panel

    Blood is drawn from a vein (venipuncture), usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. A needle is inserted into the vein, and the blood is collected in an air-tight vial or a syringe. Preparation may vary depending on the specific test.

    B-cell leukemia/lymphoma panel is a blood test that looks for certain proteins on the surface of white blood cells called B-lymphocytes. The proteins are...

  • Special Topic

    Babies and heat rashes

    To prevent or treat heat rash in an infant, dress the baby in light-weight cotton, use a fan with a gentle breeze (if air conditioning is unavailable), and avoid the use of powders.

    Heat rash occurs in babies when the pores of the sweat glands become blocked. This happens most often when the weather is hot or humid. As your infant...

  • Special Topic

    Babies and shots

    Immunizations (vaccinations) are given to initiate or augment resistance to an infectious disease. Immunizitions provide a specialized form of immunity that provides long-lasting protection against specific antigens, such as certain diseases.  Routine immunizations are administered with a needle since they need to be given right into the muscle.  Reducing the level of anxiety for your child is perhaps the best way to help limit the pain during a vaccine.

    Immunizations (vaccinations) are important to keep your child healthy. This article discusses how to ease the pain of shots for babies.

  • Symptoms

    Babinski reflex

    Babinski reflex is one of the normal reflexes in infants. Reflexes are responses that occur when the body receives a certain stimulus. The Babinski reflex...

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Baby supplies you need

    As you prepare for your baby to come home, you will want to have many items ready. If you are having a baby shower, you can put some of these items on your...

  • Poison

    Bacitracin overdose

    Bacitracin is an antibiotic medicine. It is used to kill germs that cause infections. Small amounts of bacitracin are dissolved in petroleum jelly to create...

  • Poison

    Bacitracin zinc overdose

    Bacitracin zinc is a medicine that is used on cuts and other skin wounds to help prevent infection. Bacitracin is an antibiotic, a medicine that kills germs....

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Back pain - returning to work

    To help prevent reinjuring your back at work, or hurting it in the first place, follow these tips, learn how to lift the right way, and make changes at work,...

  • Special Topic

    Back pain - when you see the doctor

    When you first see your health care provider for back pain, you will be asked about your back pain, including how often and when it occurs and how severe it...