Obstetrics & gynaecology

Largest study of sickness in pregnancy launches

Women with severe sickness during pregnancy are being invited to join the largest study of the condition in Europe, led by Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London.

Cardiology

Plaque in arteries may not all be the same

A specific type of immune cell is more commonly found in arterial plaque from patients suffering from a recent stroke or mini-stroke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association's Vascular ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Anger more harmful to health of older adults than sadness

Anger may be more harmful to an older person's physical health than sadness, potentially increasing inflammation, which is associated with such chronic illnesses as heart disease, arthritis and cancer, according to new research ...

Immunology

Asthma answer may not be steroids for women

For women depending on steroids to treat severe asthma, their body's estrogen may not only be preventing the treatment from working effectively, but making the asthma worse, according to a recent Western study.

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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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