How ‘Wide’ is Your Blood?
In a Brigham and Women’s Hospital study, people with the highest “red blood cell distribution width” (RDW) had more than double the risk of dying of heart disease, cancer, or respiratory illnesses. RDW, a measure of size variation among red blood cells, may be a marker of underlying inflammation. More research is needed before doctors can begin using RDW as part of a standard blood profile, so
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