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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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International Heart Month - what you can do for a healthy heart

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Feb 03, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

It's Heart Month, and no, we don't mean Valentine's day. February 14th may indeed bring with it flowers, cards and gifts for your loved ones, but this month is also an opportunity to reflect on the way you treat your heart, and to educate yourself on the ways you can improve your lifestyle to care for the amazing and precious organ that keeps us alive. American Heart Month are suggesting you wear red on Feburary 5th, whilst the British Heart Foundation are focussing on the small changes you can make to improve heart health and prevent heart disease.

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I’m a Doctor but please don’t trust me 100% - Sepsis & William Mead

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 12:00 AM

The good old NHS managed to provide a topic for my blogpost just as I was searching for inspiration!

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Topics: Misdiagnosis, sepsis, pediatrics

The CDC Zika Virus Warning – What should I know?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 @ 03:42 PM

Zika virus (ZIKV) sparked a Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel alert to be issued last weekend. Any pregnant women, or those intending to become pregnant, are advised not to travel to 14 South American and Caribbean countries experiencing Zika outbreaks. In this blogpost, we examine what Zika virus is and the issues surrounding it, including why the CDC has issued this travel alert.

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Lucy Hill - When you need a blood transfusion in another country

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 01:16 PM

A dangerous and alarming story with a happy ending became viral in the UK this week, when young traveler Lucy Hill had a crash on her moped in Thailand and was in intensive care. Lucy had serious injuries, including a broken pelvis and a bleed to her brain. It was, however, the operation and recovery itself that posed the worst threat to Lucy's recovery; Lucy Hill's blood type was A negative. In England, this is a reasonably rare blood type, with only 6% of donors having this type. In Thailand, that number reduces to less than 1% and Lucy Hill, who was in desparate need of blood tranfusions and is anaemic, found herself in a life threatening situation.

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‘Cyberchondriacs’ Being Blamed for Overrunning Family Doctors and Emergency Departments.

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

2016 has started with an interesting article in the Daily Mail called “'Cyberchondriacs' clogging up A&E after googling their symptoms and worrying that they're seriously ill”

Ironically this article was triggered by a ‘study’ published by a newly started private medical helpline in the UK called Dr Morton’s. This organization offers a phone call with a doctor “which typically takes less than 5 minutes” 7 days a week from 7am till 11pm for £60 ($88).

Their study looked at the top 10 health searches in the UK Googled before calling the GP. The conclusion drawn by Dr Karen Morton, the founder, was very curious and appeared to inspire the Daily Mail headline: “We fear the worst when we Google. This is proven in our data which show that we type pneumonia instead of chest infection and tonsillitis instead of sore throat. I believe this is one of the reasons why NHS GP surgeries are increasingly overrun.”

It seems a rather flimsy and self serving conclusion to draw that just because someone searches or types in a more serious symptom or condition  then they must be very worried, and subsequently rush off to call or visit their GP or hospital emergency department.

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Pediatric Care - 3 Medical Miracles of 2015

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Tomorrow marks the end of 2015, and as everyone around the world reflects on the triumphs of the year, the times shared with family and friends, and some of the things we’ve learnt from in the past 12 months, we thought we would take a look back at some of the amazing medical occurrences of 2015. It’s been a great year for medicine in many ways, with a lot of small breakthroughs in beating the disease giants like Ebola and Cancer, and we’ve also witnessed many pioneering procedures to save those who in previous years may not have made a full or partial recovery. As Isabel was inspired by Isabel Maude at age 3, and began as a pediatric tool, we’ve decided to focus on three amazing stories of the pediatric work of surgeons, doctors and scientists in the last year.

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How to alleviate holiday stress - Season's Greetings from Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

It’s ‘Christmas Eve Eve’ as this blogpost goes out, and for those of us who celebrate a traditional Christmas, this day usually means running around in the chaos of Manhattan, or Oxford Street, or whatever the equivalent is in your town. There’s a lot of stress involved as you try and prepare to relax on Christmas Eve (hopefully) and Christmas day. In the UK, and parts of the US and Canada, one Christmas Dinner tradition involves Christmas crackers, where two people pull either end of a tube that pulls apart with a bang, giving the ‘winner’ a hat, a silly gift and an awful ‘cracker joke.’ Perhaps this last element is there to release any tension and stress built up over the last month, as you relax into your Christmas meal. For that reason, we’ve got some awful cracker jokes below, to help ease some of that holiday season panic.

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1 Minute Read | Kawasaki Disease | Delay in diagnosis is common.

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 @ 01:54 PM

Kawasaki Disease also known as Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome, Kawasaki Syndrome or Lymph Node Syndrome is a medium vessel vasculitis of childhood.  It causes inflammation in the artery walls of the body including the coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart muscle. Professor Michael Levin from Imperial College London states “Neither the public nor the medical scientific community have adequately appreciated that Kawasaki disease is now the commonest cause of acquired heart disease in children in the UK and other developed countries.”

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World AIDS Day 2015 - HIV myths busted

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 12:14 PM

Last week saw the 27th World AIDS Day on December 1st. The campaign for this year was all about education, and ‘rethinking outdated stereotypes’ of the disease that has killed nearly 35 million people in just 31 years. Many of us remember the HIV and AIDS pandemic of the 80’s but 30 years on, there is a new generation of people who may be ignorant or misinformed on the symptoms, causes and, most importantly, the implications of living with HIV and Aids. What’s more, a lot has changed since the disease was first discovered, and some views are no longer applicable for those living with HIV today.

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