What is a port-a-cath?

What is that bump on that man’ chest? It is a port-a-cath. Basically, a port-a-cath is an implanted device to receive intravenous solutions.  Usually, when you have blood drawn or need an IV the nurse has no difficulty slipping an IV in. This isn’t always the case. Some people don’t have such an easy time […]

Memories of Lupus VIP Lab Tour

What Memories! Last March several bloggers and I toured Exagen® Diagnostic VIP Laboratory Tour in Vista, California. Our stay was very brief, but the wonderful memories… This picture reminded me of that past. I think what prompted my reverie was a photo of Shanelle Gabriel as she finished a marathon. Or was it the picture […]

Benefits of Avocado!

Author: This guest post is by Emily Pham, a blogger with many years of experience in searching the best natural & effective remedies for health and beauty issues. All content provided is for informational and educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine which method is appropriate for you.   Health Benefits […]

Increased Insurance Footprint? Exagen Diagnostics

You ache and it feels like your whole body has a nasty case of the flu. This has been your life for too long, so your doctor orders a blood test, an ANA: it is positive. Because the ANA is positive she would like you to have AVISE® CTD testing-Where CTD=Connective Tissue Disease-for connective tissue disease). […]

Autoimmunity via YouTube

Some years ago, I found a video which explains what the immune system does and how it functions in a nutshell. I don’t think a text could say it more succinctly:  

Autoimmunity 101

Normally, cells of our immune system identify invaders (bacteria, viruses)  as foreign and attack them. Occasionally, our immune system goes awry and identify our own tissues as foreign and the mount an attack on them. This is a simple working definition and examples of autoimmune diseases include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren’s Syndrome. More later!