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Why is water so important? Water is the best medicine

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Sep 02, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

How often have you visited the doctor with a minor illness and been prescribed water? “Keep your fluids up and get plenty of rest.” It’s one of the most underestimated medicines, and it’s absolutely free! No health insurance needed, no hidden costs for prescriptions. What’s more, in our westernised modern world, we can rest assured our water is safe, accessible and drinkable, and can come from thousands of taps across the city we live in. But what is it that makes water the best medicine? How does it help us to keep healthy, and to get better when we are ill? We’ve got some great information about water and it’s endless benefits that will have you drinking a load of the good stuff from the moment you finish reading this post.

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Swollen Glands | Lymphadenopathy | 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Lymph glands (also known as lymph nodes) are pea-sized lumps of tissue which contain white blood cells.  The white blood cells filter the lymphatic fluid through the body and protect you by destroying any viruses or bacteria that they find.  They are an important part of the immune system and are found throughout the body.

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Topics: Sore Throat, Isabel 1 Minute Read

Rare Diseases and Misdiagnosis - An Isabel Infographic

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

There are between 6,000 and 8,000 known rare diseases - defined as a disease affecting less than 5 in 10,000 people - and every week more are being discovered. Many rare diseases are hard to diagnose, both because there isn't as much research available on them, and also because they often present similar symptoms to much more common conditions. Rare diseases can go un- or mis-diagnosed for too long, sometimes proving fatal for the patient. Isabel Maude, the inspiration for Isabel Healthcare, was lucky, but not everyone is. The best way to combat misdiagnoses of rare diseases is to improve the diagnostic process of the physician, helping them to consider the rare diseases they may not have thought of themselves. That's where Isabel comes in, of course. We've made an infographic of some facts and figures of rare diseases and misdiagnosis, and the ways in which Isabel can help combat against misdiagnosis.

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Online Symptom Checkers - What do they really do for consumers?

Posted by Don Bauman on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Several recent publications and articles have referred to online symptom checkers as tools that help consumers self-diagnose, and some even further suggest that these tools should recommend self-treatment as an alternative to seeking professional care. As consumers become more engaged and informed about their healthcare and, in turn, healthcare organizations and providers drive consumers to be more engaged, consumers are turning to the to the internet to get health or condition information.  Framing the conversation correctly for consumers and more accurately representing online symptom checkers is a necessity if we are to embrace the future of medical care.

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World Breastfeeding Week (WBW2015) - Breast Feeding Questions Answered

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Aug 05, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

All this week over 170 countries worldwide will be celebrating the benefits of and the right to breastfeed, with a campaign run by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). For World Breastfeeding Week in 2015 (WBW2015), the focus is very much on combining a working day with feeding your baby. The week kicked off with a mass public feeding called “The Big Latch On” to show the importance of women everywhere being able to feel comfortable feeding their babies wherever and whenever required. To help support WABA Breastfeeding Week, we’ve put together some FAQs on breastfeeding, both in terms of the many health benefits to breastfeeding, and your rights as a nursing mother.

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Topics: breastfeeding

Narcolepsy Sleep Disorder | 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder defined as recurrent attacks of daytime sleepiness. It is a chronic neurological condition caused by the brain’s inability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. The condition usually occurs with a triad of:

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Topics: sleep difficulty

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

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