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Symptom Checker: Memory Loss | What is normal?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Memory loss (amnesia) is an inevitable part of the aging process.  As we grow older it becomes more noticeable that we forget people’s names or where we have put our bags, as well as appointments and events.  Most of these memory lapses are just a normal part of the aging process, but sometimes they can be an indication of a developing memory problem. It is important to recognize the symptoms for memory related illnesses, and understand how they can treated.  Many instances of cognitive memory loss which have an organic cause can be treated, if detected and recognized early, helping the patient lead a fuller life.

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How many types of cancer are there? | World Cancer Day 2017

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Last weekend, on the 4th February, nations, people, businesses and charities around the world united for World Cancer Day 2017. 1 in 2 people in the US and the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. That’s half the population, and it’s safe to say that almost everyone has been affected by cancer at some point in their life. World Cancer Day exists so that we can come together to raise awareness and educate on the fight against cancer. It’s also a time when we can fundraise to help speed up and improve the research process for charities and research groups around the globe.

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Could I have Atrial Fibrillation? | Isabel Healthcare | AF symptoms and causes

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

February brings us Valentine’s Day, a day where we celebrate all matters of the heart. Both the UK and USA have embraced this concept, and seen it as an opportunity to raise awareness of heart health, so February also marks National Heart Month for both countries. We have chosen to write about one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm conditions, Atrial Fibrillation (AF). It affects around six million people in the US and over one million people in the UK. Because of this, it’s really important that you know the symptoms to look out for and how you can manage the condition should you have it.

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Being an Informed Patient and Parent | Isabel Symptom Checker

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Isabel visits several conferences and gatherings throughout the year in the field of health and diagnosis error. We interact with people at the forefront of misdiagnosis research and action, as well as those who are simply interested in how a diagnosis tool could help or has helped them. During one of these discussions, after hearing about the origins of Isabel Healthcare and Isabel Maude’s story of misdiagnosis, an attendee shared this recent case they had experienced with their 4 year old son.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) | Symptoms and Diagnosis | New study shows delays in diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

In December 2016, a large international survey of 1,385 women, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found that two thirds of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were dissatisfied with the length of time they waited and the number of healthcare professionals they had to see before they received a diagnosis. Nearly half of the women in the study saw three or more healthcare providers before they were diagnosed, and for a third of participants, the diagnostic process took more than two years to reach a final diagnosis. PCOS is notoriously difficult to diagnose, making it an often lengthy process, but there are a lot of symptoms to look out for and flag up in a consultation, as well as knowing who is most at risk of developing the condition. We’ve put together the symptoms and treatment information for the benefit of both patients and healthcare professionals, so you know what to spot when, and a diagnosis can be reached more efficiently.

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The Isabel Healthcare Story | Have you seen our new video?

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Isabel Healthcare and the Differential Diagnosis Generator is a tool used by thousands of doctors and healthcare professionals all over the world, and it is relied upon as the most accurate and efficient system of its kind. The tool itself is designed to help doctors form their differential quickly and effectively from a set of symptoms, allowing them to research the options presented and arrive at the correct diagnosis without missing crucial signs and without cognitive bias coming into play.

That is how the tool works and it is what the tool does. But why does it do it in the first place?

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Sinusitis or Just a Cold? | 1 Minute Read | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

The holiday season is over, and quickly taking its place is cold and flu season. In all parts of the UK and most parts of the US you’ll be lucky if the temperature goes above 50F/10C and it’s only getting colder. That means the viruses which cause colds spread more easily in the cooler air. Add to this the fact that most people prefer to stay inside and cuddled up with a duvet or a loved one, and the chances for colds to spread becomes even higher. We all know the symptoms of a common cold, and most of us can deal with it and overcome them in a couple of weeks with a small amount of grumbling, but what happens when your cold turns into an infection? We’ve put together the symptoms and treatments for a sinus infection, so you can understand how to spot the condition, and get the help you need to get back on track with the year.

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Happy Holidays 2016 from Isabel Healthcare | Common Holiday Illnesses and their Symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 @ 01:38 PM

Last Christmas, our blogpost went out on ‘Christmas Eve Eve’ and we wrote an article on alleviating holiday stress. For some, it feels like yesterday since that post, and you’re thinking ‘how could we possibly have arrived at this time of year once again?’ For others, this holiday break has been a long time coming, and we’re crawling towards the finish line and have been dreaming of mince pies since the January blues hit 11 months ago.

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5 Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases and How to Spot Them

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:30 AM


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Get a Second Opinion on Your Treatment - not just your diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 11:36 AM


There is a lot of information out there on the importance of seeking a second opinion if you’re unsure of a diagnosis, and at Isabel we blog about it all the time. We stress the need to use validated, professional symptom checker tools to open up the conversation with your doctor and ensure many possible diagnoses have been considered.

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