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World Sepsis Day

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 02:33 PM

Every 3-4 seconds someone dies of sepsis.

Sepsis awareness month is currently taking place and this week, on September 13th, saw World Sepsis Day.  Sepsis is a worldwide endemic health problem, claiming more lives than any cancer. The disease is more common than any heart disease, but still there seems to be a lack of awareness among the general public about sepsis and, more importantly, it is very often missed when a Clinician is forming a differential diagnosis. We’ll explain why this is and what sepsis is, as well as discussing the signs and symptoms to look out for.

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Skincare - How to look after your skin

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 01:24 PM

The skin is an all too often overlooked element of our overall health and wellbeing. It does amazing things for our body’s temperature, protects our internal body and fluids from the outside world, and allows us to touch and feel heat or texture, but unless something goes wrong, we can take it for granted. However, conditions such as cysts, acne, other growths or even skin cancers are often either preventable or easily treatable. Indeed, skin cancer, or skin melanoma, is preventable in 86% of cases. We’ve written blogposts on more specific issues such as sun protection before, but this blogpost will take a broader look at the challenges our skin can face, how to prevent them and what to do if you suspect you may have a problem with your skin.

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Spotlight on Alan Turing (1912-1954) | Father of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

A few months ago we published a blog on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its adaptation to healthcare, but the origins of AI are often overlooked or not known. Alan Turing wasn’t well known during his lifetime but today is he is renowned for having been an eccentric and passionate British mathematician, and, thanks to the Oscar nominated film “The Imitation Game,” many people know of his contributions to World War II (WWII). With his highly intelligent and analytical mind, Turing developed the machine which played a crucial part in the Allied victory over Germany in World War 2 (WW2) and is credited with reducing the length of the war by 2 years. In doing so, he was actually conceiving modern computing as far back as the early 1940’s, and he is now viewed as the founding father of AI.

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Malaria | 1 Minute Read | Causes, symptoms and treatment

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Malaria is a parasitic infection caused by protozoa of the genus Plasmodium.  There are five species which can infect humans, but Plasmodium falciparum is the most life-threatening.  It is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito, but could also potentially be transmitted by blood transfusion or organ transplants.

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Dementia Awareness Week | The Alzheimer's Society

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

This week is Dementia Awareness Week. The Alzheimer’s Society, which is a UK charity, is encouraging anyone concerned to read up and get in touch with them in 2016. Alzheimer’s and Dementia should be talked about and not feared, as catching the symptoms early can have vast improvements on the progression of the condition, and overall quality of life. So we’re explaining what dementia is, the different types of dementia including Alzheimer’s, and the tell tale symptoms to look out for.

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World Asthma Day 2016 - You can control your asthma symptoms

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, May 04, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

3780836056_e6ec0e34c1_z.jpgMay 3rd marked the annual World Asthma Day for 2016, helping to raise awareness of the condition and improve care around the world. There are currently approximately 17 million people suffering with asthma in the USA alone, and many others suffer the symptoms without realising they have the condition. Once discovered, it can be treated a number of different ways and can greatly improve your quality of life. The slogan for the Global Initiative for Asthma, or GINA, is “You can control your asthma” so we’ll be discussing how you can spot if you have asthma, and what can be done to help you live with the condition.

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Why do Doctors get ill? Physcian Burnout is an issue

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:30 AM


Who feels like they’ve been stressed by their work? Chances are, at some point in your life your job has taken over and you’ve felt like you need a holiday. But how many times have you considered yourself ill from stress? In recent years, mental health has been gaining more and more attention, and so it should; the statistics would make anyone panic if they were applied to a physical illness or disease. An alarming 9% of people in the UK suffer from anxiety and/or depression alone, and 1 in 4 of us worldwide will suffer from a mental illness in any given year. That’s the same amount of young adults contracting an STD, the same amount of deaths from heart disease, and more than the amount of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the US.

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1 Minute Read | Symptom Information | Diarrhea or Diarrhoea

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Diarrhea, also spelt diarrhoea, is an increased frequency of bowel movements consisting of abnormally loose or watery stools. The condition can range from an hour to several weeks depending on the severity and cause of the condition, and it is often associated with other illnesses such as vomiting or viral infections.  Diarrhea is one of the most common reasons for which people seek medical advice, and is often a symptom people notice first for more serious illnesses. It’s unpleasant, often painful, and very tiring. It can also be very debilitating if it continues for a long time, as makes you feel you can’t go too far away from your house or somewhere that has easy access to a toilet.

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The growing problem that is diabetes - World Health Day 2016

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Apr 06, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

It’s World Health Day again, falling as usual on World Health Organization’s birthday, on Thursday 7th April. Last year we wrote a blogpost about Food Poisoning for the food safety focus of 2015’s campaign. This year, however, the topic WHO are getting everyone to think and talk about is Diabetes.

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1 Minute Read | Symptom Information | Rectal Bleeding

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Rectal bleeding, also known as hematochezia, blood in the stool or bleeding from the bottom, is often seen as small amounts of bright-red blood on toilet paper or sometimes as some blood droplets turning the toiler water pink.  Bright red blood represents that the bleeding has come from somewhere near the anus and often occurs with defecation.  If the blood is darker in colour and sticky then this may represent bleeding has occurred higher up the digestive tract.  This type of bleeding can turn your faeces black or plum-coloured which is known as melena.

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