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Not Sleeping Well? 4 Facts to help you sleep better

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Sleep is a truly fascinating subject for health and wellbeing. Up until the 1920’s, we thought the that brains simply switched off during sleep and rebooted when we awoke. Although we now know it’s a lot more complex than that, there are still many questions being asked when it comes to what we do in the land of nod. Understanding the way we sleep can help you greatly when it comes to having enough energy in the day and feeling rested. We’ve put together and condensed some of the most interesting facts known about sleep to help you get to grips with your own sleeping habits. There is of course, a lot more information out there, and we’re only touching on everything with these 4 facts, but have a read and start improving the quality of your sleep.

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Topics: symptom checker, sleep difficulty

BMJ Symptom Checkers study: self-diagnosis is not the answer

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

With the rise in Internet use over the past decade or so, health information is now at people’s fingertips and symptom checkers are becoming a part of everyday life. Pew Research Center state that one third of United States citizens have gone online to research their symptoms and try and figure out what their symptoms are.  Interestingly they also found that 77% of online health seekers began their search using a search engine such as Google or Bing.  Another 13% said they started at a site that specializes in health care information like Isabel or WebMD.

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Topics: symptom checkers

How Keeping a Travel History could save your life

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

We hope you’re all almost ready for your holidays this year; you’ve had your vaccinations, you know about sun safety and protecting yourself from bites and stings. But if we asked you this question could you answer it straight away - Where have you travelled to in the last 10 years? If you’re lucky enough to go on holiday abroad every summer, there’s probably quite a few destinations on that list, and knowing the risks and conditions associated with these places could greatly help diagnose you if you become ill.

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Topics: symptom checker

Diagnostic Decision Support: perfect for rare disease awareness

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Rare diseases have become big business. Orphan drugs for rare diseases are expected to account for 19% of all worldwide prescription drug sales by 2020.

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Topics: diagnosis decision support

Insect Bites and Stings | 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

With the weather warming up and summer on our doorsteps human encounters with insects are more likely as they love the summer as much as we do.  Bites from fire ants, stings from bees, wasps and hornets are usually painful.  Bites caused by mosquitoes, fleas and mites are more likely to cause itching than pain. Did you know that reactions to the venom in insect and spider bites cause more deaths than bites from poisonous snakes?

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Topics: Isabel 1 Minute Read, seasonal

What travel vaccinations do I need?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Going on holiday this summer? Holiday season is fast approaching, and chances are you’ve already booked everything from the rent-a-car to the in-flight meal option. But right about now, in some cases 8 weeks before heading out to the sun, is vaccination time. Make sure you haven’t forgotten about your travel vaccinations and get clued up on the jabs you might be needing.

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WHO World Blood Donor Day 2015 - How to save a life

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

This week Sunday 14th June sees the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual “World Blood Donor Day.” This event was established in 2004, and is designed to raise awareness of the importance of donating blood to ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need. It also serves as a thank you to those who have donated and continue to donate blood. Blood donations quite literally save lives, and one pint of your blood could save up to 3 adults or children.

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Topics: symptom checker

Where To Now? Triage tools and why A&E isn’t always the answer

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

In recent years there has been much talk about waiting times in Emergency Rooms and Accident and Emergency. In the US, changes in the way healthcare is paid for means most hospitals do not want lots of people showing up inappropriately, and in the UK, there has been a 2.7% admission increase since last year. More patients and less staff means it’s extremely important to know where you can go to get the most appropriate help. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) have even launched a campaign whyaande.nhs.uk to try and educate people on the different options available, and when each one is the best decision. The main categories the NHS offer are:

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Topics: symptom checkers, triage, emergency

Antimicrobial Resistance and Diagnosis Error | 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

What is Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)?

Antibiotics and similar drugs are antimicrobial agents, and have been used for the past 70 years to treat patients with a variety of infectious diseases.  These drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases.  Due to the wide, prolonged and often inappropriate use of these drugs we now face a greater problem of antimicrobial resistance. This is where the infectious organisms that the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted themselves, making the drugs less effective.

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Topics: medical error, Isabel 1 Minute Read

Why the symptom checker is a key tool to enable ‘Choosing Wisely’

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

The UK version of the US Choosing Wisely campaign was launched this week. The aim of the campaign is to reduce wasteful medical practices. The campaign was launched by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges which published an accompanying briefing document. An article in the BMJ was published to coincide with the launch.

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Topics: symptom checkers, NHS

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