The main function of white blood cells is to help protect the human body from infection as well as other foreign materials. White blood cells are also known as leukocytes, and they develop in bone marrow from stem cells. More »

According to Oncology Nutrition, high-quality protein can aid in increasing an individual's white blood cell count since the amino acids derived from protein are an essential part of creating new white blood cells. A per... More »

Medications, blood transfusions, a healthy diet, getting enough rest and postponing cancer treatments can all be used to help increase white blood cells, according to Mayo Clinic. Vitamins, herbal supplements and stress ... More »

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A urinary tract infection is a common cause of white blood cells appearing in the urine, according to MedicineNet. While white blood cells from the opening of the urethra (in both men and women) or the vagina (in women) ... More »

Certain medical conditions, such as cancer or a serious infection, could affect the normal range of white blood cells during a complete blood count, according to Mayo Clinic. Cancer is likely to cause a decrease in white... More »

The presence of white blood cells in urine indicates a medical problem such as an infection in the urinary tract, bladder or kidneys, according to MedicineNet.com. Because urine is a sterile body fluid, there should be n... More »

An elevated white blood cell count occurs when the white blood cells, also referred to as leukocytes, increase in response to infection or illness, according to MedlinePlus. Specific causes of high white blood cell count... More »