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Oxytocin can help prevent osteoporosis

Oxytocin, produced by the hypothalamus and sometimes known as the "love hormone" for its involvement in pair bonding and orgasm, can be a strong ally in the control and prevention of osteoporosis, according to a study by ...

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New insights into the immune system's role in severe COVID-19

By conducting advanced analyses of immune system activation in patients with severe COVID-19, researchers at Karolinska Institutet have managed to identify several cell types that play a key part in the immune response to ...

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COVID-19: Immune system gone astray

Contrary to what has been generally assumed so far, a severe course of COVID-19 does not solely result in a strong immune reaction—rather, the immune response is caught in a continuous loop of activation and inhibition. ...

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Venipuncture

In medicine venipuncture or venepuncture is the process of obtaining intravenous access for the purpose of intravenous therapy or obtaining a sample of venous blood. This procedure will be performed by medical practitioners, some EMTs, paramedics, phlebotomists and other nursing staff.

Blood is most commonly obtained from the median cubital vein, on the anterior forearm (the side within the fold of the elbow). This vein lies close to the surface of the skin, and there is not a large nerve supply.

Minute quantities of blood may be taken by fingersticks sampling and collected from infants by means of a heel stick or from scalp veins with a butterfly needle.

Phlebotomy (incision into a vein) is also the treatment of certain diseases such as hemochromatosis and primary and secondary polycythemia.

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