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Could I have endometriosis? - Endometriosis symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

A recent article in the UK ‘Times’ newspaper has highlighted shocking statistics relating to the diagnosis of endometriosis, a common condition affecting girls and women of childbearing age. As many as 10% of women around the world have endometriosis, meaning 176 million people worldwide are suffering with the condition. Despite these numbers, the average sufferer has to wait over seven years, often enduring constant pain and repeated miscarriages, among other symptoms, before finally receiving a diagnosis. Caroline Overton, a senior consultant at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has called for more teaching and awareness on the condition, stating that “more must be done to recognise and understand the symptoms and to encourage women to voice concerns about their health.”

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National Brain Injury Awareness Month 2018 - TBIs and their symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month in the US, led by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). A brain injury is quite literally any injury to the brain, and so is a very wide subject encompassing many different injuries. From sports injuries and traffic accidents to strokes and damage from drug abuse, a brain injury affects up to 1.5 million Americans every year, and those are just the ones that report to the emergency room or doctor. This year BIAA are focusing on breaking down stigmas and misconceptions surrounding brain injuries and the disabilities resulting from them. They are using the hashtag #changeyourmind to help spread awareness, and we’ll talk more about what you can do once we’ve done our bit. We thought we would go over the basic information, terminology and of course symptoms of brain injuries, to help educate everyone this National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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Is This the Future of Healthcare? Apple to launch healthcare centres for employees

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Mar 01, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

At Isabel we have blogged about, talked about and even researched the ideas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare extensively, so the concept that technology has a place in the world of healthcare is not new to us. Indeed, Isabel itself is considered to be AI, as its complex algorithms and deep learning system allow it to learn new clinical features as people use it, meaning it can cover an almost infinite number of signs and symptoms and match them to over 10,000 diagnoses. This week Apple have announced that they will be bringing their employee healthcare in-house, with what they are saying will be a “unique concierge-like healthcare experience” that is “enabled by technology.” As what many would call the leaders in technology advancement today, it is exciting to think what Apple healthcare may look like, and how these two worlds may collide.

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1 Minute Read - Measles - Europe rates soar

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that measles was at an all time low across Europe, with only 5,273 cases being recorded, and 547 of these being in the UK. In 2015, the UK only had 91 cases confirmed, and this meant the country achieved the WHO elimination status, which dictates that the number of cases reported  has been low enough to stop the disease circulating around the UK. Unfortunately, these figures have now risen for 2017 within Europe to over 20,000 of which the UK accounted for 282 cases.

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Could I have Raynaud's Disease? | Raynauds symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

With reports coming in about the excessively cold temperatures at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, thoughts turn to the discomfort of having cold fingers and toes. But imagine suffering this discomfort all year round, so much so it makes simple, everyday tasks like buttoning up a shirt very difficult. This is what some sufferers of Raynaud’s Disease experience on a regular basis. February is Raynaud’s awareness month in the UK and campaigns are working hard to increase awareness of this condition, also known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon or Syndrome, which afflicts around 10% of the adult population, with 4/5 sufferers being women.

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World Heart Month 2018 | Could I Have Angina?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

February brings with it matters of the heart, in more ways than one. Aside from Valentine’s Day on February 14th, the month also marks a focus on heart health both in the US and the UK. We’ve blogged about Heart Month for the past two years now, on steps you can take to improve your heart health and atrial fibrillation symptoms, and 2018 is no different. This year we’ve chosen another common heart condition which is often ignored or left undiagnosed, as people fear that it may be the sign of a more sinister problem. The truth is, angina is a great warning and a reminder for us to take a look at our overall health and how we’re treating our hearts, so ignoring it can lead to much bigger problems.

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What to expect after the menopause - postmenopausal symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 01, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

We recently wrote a blogpost on the symptoms of the menopause, detailing what to expect when entering the perimenopause until menopause occurs.  Generally, the symptoms are bothersome, but they are a normal part of the menopause transition and therefore nothing to be concerned about.  After you reach menopause, which is defined as having no period for a year or more, you have entered the postmenopausal stage. There are some common symptoms of the postmenopausal stage, and the risk for more serious complications also increases at this time in life, due to your body adjusting to the absence of reproductive hormones.

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Could I have SAD? - Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

blue-face.pngThe beginning of this month saw “Blue Monday,” the day coined by PR everywhere as the most miserable day of the year, after a psychologist was actually asked to create a formula to decide “the most depressing day of the year” for a holiday company. This was obviously a PR stunt grown way out of proportion as over 10 years later, we are still talking about the fact there is seemingly only one day in the year where it is okay to feel depressed. From a health perspective, this is both an inaccurate portrayal of the debilitating mental health issues that many deal with daily, and also quite harmful to those struggling with depression.

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Using Isabel in a Primary Care Setting | Guest blog by Prof Aneez Esmail

Posted by Prof. Aneez Esmail on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

This week’s blogpost comes from a guest author, Professor Aneez Esmail. Aneez is a professor of general practice and a GP himself, and uses Isabel regularly. We asked his thoughts on how he uses Isabel while at work, before our upcoming appearance with him on BBC's The One Show in the UK. Here is what he said.

Isabel is a fast and effective tool which offers a range of ranked diagnoses in seconds when clinical features are entered, and Isabel comes into its own when used on more complex cases, or when a physician has clinical doubt about their differential diagnosis. Because of this it is considered to be extremely useful in a secondary care setting, but how can Isabel be used effectively in primary care?

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Could I have constipation? Constipation symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

fig-sliced-plate-wooden-table.jpgWe’re all familiar with that post-holiday bloated feeling, and given that for many of us, rich foods, sweet puddings, a glass or three of wine and slouching in front of the TV are all part and parcel of the holidays, it’s no surprise that our digestive systems sometimes issue the odd complaint after a week or two of overdoing it. Sometimes that uncomfortable bloated feeling just stays a bit too long and constipation sets in. So how do we know when we need to go to the doctor about it, and when should we be aware that perhaps there’s a bit more going on than just constipation?

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