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Byline: Miriam Stoppard

ve the RED BLOOD CELLS Red blood cells, or erythrocytes, give the characteristic red colour to our blood. They are responsible for picking up carbon dioxide and for transporting oxygen.

The essential component of red blood cells is a red pigment called haemoglobin, which grabs oxygen in the lungs and carries it around the body.

There are around five million red blood cells in every millimetre of blood.


In anaemia, RBC count may fall.

WHITE BLOOD CELLS White blood cells, or leukocytes, on the other hand are primarily responsible for fighting foreign organisms that enter the body.

White b on t reo This includes bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. There are several different kinds of WBC, one group of which is involved in allergic response.

i whi cubic There are only 3,000-7,000 white blood cells in every cubic millimetre of blood. With an infection, your WBC rises.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 13, 2013
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