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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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World TB Day 2016 - What can I do?

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

How much do you know about TB? Most people would admit to thinking it is a disease of the past, perhaps something they learnt about in school as ‘consumption’ before the causes were known, and maybe even think that it is wiped out in developed countries. This month, on March 24, sees World TB Day, where organisations and researchers around the globe aim to raise awareness and, more importantly, promote research and efforts into wiping out TB entirely.

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The Relentless March of Computers - AlphaGo is World Champion

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Mar 09, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Today marks an historic moment in the development of artificial intelligence or AI; Google’s AIphago machine has beaten Lee Sedol, the World champion of Go.

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Rare Diseases Day 2016 - Would you know if you had one?

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Mar 02, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

This week saw Rare Disease Day on the 29th February. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the world, both for the public and also industry professionals, of the rare diseases that affect around 30 million people in the US alone. That’s 10% of Americans. Doesn’t sound so rare when you put it that way, does it?

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UK Health Secretary likely to announce campaign to improve diagnosis of sepsis

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

william-mead.jpgReaders may remember the tragic story story of 1 year old William Mead who died from sepsis and whom I wrote about last month. His mother, Melissa, recently met with the UK Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and according to press reports he appears close to announcing a campaign to improve the awareness of sepsis among providers.

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Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and Healthcare Adaptation

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

ai-healthcareArtificial Intelligence (AI) is the intelligence which can be exhibited by machines or software, which perceives its environment and takes action to maximize its success, effectively mimicking intelligent behaviour.  AI has been attracting growing attention in the last 5 years, with IBM Watson winning a game of Jeopardy in 2011, and more recently Google’s DeepMind winning a game of Go against the World Champion. Winning a game is one thing, but how can the powers of Artificial Intelligence be harnessed, turning pioneering ideas into reality? At Isabel we know that replacing medical professionals with machines is not the solution, and that an option where physicians can work with AI is the best way forward. How can AI be used in the everyday healthcare environment without isolating itself from patient care, or becoming more important than the physician to patient interaction and consultation?

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Top 5 Health Apps - do they have a place in the healthcare industry?

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

In 1977 the Apple II came out, and was marketed at $2638. Within three years they had sold 100,000 of the computers to homes around the USA and the world, and one of those consumers was cardiologist Dr George Diamond. It is a little known fact that George Diamond, who went on to have a successful career in cardiology at Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, created what could have been called the first ever health app. Using the 48kB of memory available on the Apple II, Diamond developed his software using complex algorithms to help diagnosis coronary heart disease more accurately. Steve Jobs met with Diamond to discuss his idea and potentially develop it with Apple, but in the end Jobs said it wasn’t the focus of his work at the time, and he is quoted to have said to Diamond “I can’t be distracted.” However, he also mentioned that he entirely agreed with George Diamond’s view that the future of computers like the Apple II could be an opportunity not as a toy, but something more serious, and that a “computer like this should be on the desk of every doctor in the world.” It is fascinating to think that health and computers have been so intrinsically linked since personal computer technology’s humble beginnings, especially when there is so much resistance within the healthcare industry today for change towards more technology. Diamond believed that integrating computers in institutions could revolutionise and build upon the service our doctors already provide, and that is exactly what programs like Isabel are trying to do.

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