Immune thrombocytopenia, or ITP, is an autoimmune blood disorder that results in a lower than normal level of blood platelets in the body. In people with ITP, antibodies malfunction and begin to attack blood platelets as if they were foreign invaders and less platelets are made to make up for those that are lost. Since blood platelets help stop bleeding by triggering the clotting process in the presence of a wound, a lower number of platelets increases the risk of bleeding. But as we’ll see in this program, for many patients with ITP, medical science has made impressive strides in helping them maintain proper levels of platelets, reducing the risks that can come with serious bleeding. (2602)
Combining poignant storytelling with scientific rationale, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind explores the latest progress in health and wellness issues, through personal stories and medical breakthroughs that are redefining health care treatment.
In addition to compelling stories, you'll get advice from top experts in the fields of health and wellness and hear about the latest technological advancements that will bring you right to the cutting edge of medicine.
© Information Television Network, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
© 2015 Information Television Network, Inc