Gene Connectors

Polycythemia is a Common Blood Problem Polycythemia is a disorder of excess red cells in blood. It is the opposite of anemia, which is a red cell deficit. A simple blood test called a hemogram will determine if red cells are in excess or deficient. Symptoms of excess red cells, or polycythemia, include tingling of … Read more

Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura


ITP: A Disorder of Blood Platelets  Platelets are tiny blood cells involved in blood clotting. They are vital to stop bleeding when we get cut or otherwise injured. If the number of platelets gets too low, a person may have bruising or easy bleeding. Blood platelets become scarce for many reasons, including infection, cirrhosis, problems … Read more

Blood Thickness

Blood Can Be Too Thin or Too Thick Blood that is too thick can lead to blood clots, and blood that is too thin can lead to easy bruising or bleeding. Problems with blood thickness can occur from birth, or develop later in life. Blood thickness may be affected by foods, drugs, and various medical … Read more


Anemia written on Blackboard

Anemia Causes Weakness Anemia is a blood condition that can make you feel weak. Anyone who has become fatigued can take a simple blood test to find out if they have anemia. Anemia occurs when there are not enough red cells in blood to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. Anemia can cause shortness of … Read more

Blood diseases & disorders

Blood Cells

Hematology at SMOC: Get experienced care. Treating blood disorders with expertise and compassion. Blood disorders can be scary. Whether you’ve had a blood disease since birth or you’ve recently been diagnosed with a blood disorder, it can affect all aspects of your life. At SMOC, we know this. We also know that, when you trust … Read more