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Optimising Your Differential Diagnosis with Isabel Pro

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Isabel Pro, as a lot of you already know, is a sophisticated Differential Diagnosis (DDx) generator which helps clinicians broaden their differential by providing clinicians with a list of ranked likely diagnoses based on the symptoms entered. However, after this step there are many features to the DDx Generator which you may not be aware of. Our knowledge pages, specialty sorting, matched query terms and training tools are just some of the features at your disposal with Isabel Pro. Highlighted in this blogpost are these key features which you can utilise to research and refine your clinical reasoning process, in order to obtain the best from Isabel and generate a comprehensive differential diagnosis for your patient’s history.

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Could I Have Heatstroke? | Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

With many of us travelling to hot destinations this month in search of sunshine, we should all be aware of the dangers of heatstroke. Parts of Europe have experienced unprecedented temperatures this August with parts of Southern Spain and Italy reaching the early 40’s. With the influence of global warming, it is predicted that the incidence of heat-related fatalities will increase dramatically over the coming years, with one estimating the increase at 257% by the year 2050.

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World Breastfeeding Week | 10 Amazing Fact About Breastfeeding

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Aug 03, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

August is National Breastfeeding Month in the US, and the 1-7th August brings about World Breastfeeding Week, where countries around the world raise awareness about breastfeeding and the ways in which it can be championed in all societies globally. In many countries, breastfeeding is still a taboo, whilst in others it is the only way for a mother to ensure her baby gets the nutrition it needs. Malnutrition of the mother can lead to difficulties with this, especially in underdeveloped countries, so Breastfeeding Month and Week helps to solve these issues and break down social barriers. In developed countries as well, there is still a lot to be done to remove the stigmas around public breastfeeding and support mothers who choose to breastfeed or not. This year is the 25th World Breastfeeding Week, and the focus is on coming together with a shared goal, and understanding the role you can play in promoting breastfeeding in society. For example, if you own an establishment like a cafe or office, simply providing an area for breastfeeding or voicing your support for the activity in your building, can make the world of difference to a mother with a hungry child.

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How far have we come with improving diagnosis? | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

It is nearly two years since the Insitute of Medicine (IOM) released their landmark study and report on "Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare" warning us all that this endeavour was a "moral, professional, and public health imperative.” We blogged about the study at the time, detailing and commenting on the results and report, particularly highlighting the shortcomings when it came to mentioning Health IT and the benefits this could have on improving the diagnostic field.

This week, the publication Scientific American published a very interesting article on digital health, detailing the ways in which Health IT can and already is helping clinicians make better diagnostic decisions. Indeed, some of the things mentioned in this article written by Dina Fine Maron were in direct correlation with recommendations of the study, and with principles we have been promoting for years, so it is brilliant that this issue gets light in any form, be that a study, and article, or a conversation in a bar.

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1 Minute Read | Fibromyalgia | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

A research article in Journal of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine was published recently, detailing a review on patients referred with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The review found that the diagnostic criterion for fibromyalgia was not met in 97.3% of the patients referred, indicating that the condition is often over diagnosed. It was also found the referring physicians failed to diagnose 133 (94.3%) medical conditions in these patients which can be determined as an error of omission. The authors commented that ‘fibromyalgia may have become the “disease de jour” for the medical community and the absence of strict adherence to the diagnostic criteria for diagnosing fibromyalgia has led to many missed diagnoses.”

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Could I Have Asthma? | Asthma Symptoms and Diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

According to a number of recent studies, the question of whether or not you have asthma is debatable. Recent Canadian research carried out by The Ottawa Hospital suggests that as many as 33% of asthma cases have been misdiagnosed. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined 613 adults who had been diagnosed with the condition, and of these, 203 were deemed not to be suffering from asthma. The fact that 80% of these patients were taking regular medication for a condition they didn’t have, many of them on a daily basis, shows how important it is to get an updated and thorough diagnosis. A massive 90% of the patients misdiagnosed in this survey have now stopped taking any medication for the condition.

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What is Sarcoma? | Sarcoma Awareness Month 2017

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 06, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month globally, and this week the UK are celebrating National Sarcoma Awareness Week as well. We’ve written blogposts on many different cancers over the years, including an overview of the types of cancer, but we have never gone in depth on this rare form of the disease. Sarcomas are often coined the “forgotten cancer” because they are both rare and under-diagnosed. Sarcoma awareness month is all about educating doctors and patients alike on the symptoms and diagnosis of sarcoma, in the hope that more cases will get spotted sooner, because, as is the case with most cancers, treatment is vastly more successful the earlier it is diagnosed.

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Isabel now works on all your devices! | Responsive Web Design

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Ever since the Isabel tool was first created for pediatrics in 2000, we have strived to make our systems easy and intuitive to use and access. Isabel has always been available online, meaning it can be found on any computer with an internet connection. As technology has developed rapidly in the field of computers and Artificial Intelligence, so have we, from integrating powerful natural language processors, to improving the interface of our tool last year. The next step for us was to create a truly mobile and smart device friendly DDx Generator, and that is exactly what we have done.

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Heat Related Illnesses | 1 Minute Read | Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Changes in the climate worldwide have already started to show signs of longer, hotter summers to many of the countries on the Earth, and this will continue to happen in the future. It is thought that by the end of this century, extremely high temperatures that currently occur once every twenty years today, could occur as often as every two to four years. With heat waves currently being experienced in many parts of the world, there will be more contact from patient’s experiencing symptoms related to heat extreme illnesses. An extreme heat event is defined as several days of unusually hot weather conditions that potentially can harm human health, so reading up on heat-related illnesses, and the ways to prevent them, is crucial over the next few days and weeks.

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Could I Have Lyme Disease? | Lyme Disease Symptoms and Diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

For the animal owners amongst you, ticks are an all too familiar problem at this time of year. Found in woodland and areas with overgrown vegetation, they start off as small spider-like insects, virtually invisible to the human eye. Ticks can’t fly or jump but they can climb onto your clothes or skin if you brush against them. Once latched onto flesh, be it animal or human, their bodies quickly balloon with the blood they’ve sucked in before eventually dropping off some days later as an engorged, grey ball. But as ticks are very small with a painless bite, you may not even realize you have one attached to your skin. Hard to believe then that such a tiny creature can be the carrier of a potentially devastating disease. While some ticks are completely benign, increasing numbers, especially in parts of Europe and the US, are infected with the Borrelia bacteria which goes on to cause Lyme Disease.

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