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Diagnostic Decision Support: perfect for rare disease awareness

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Rare diseases have become big business. Orphan drugs for rare diseases are expected to account for 19% of all worldwide prescription drug sales by 2020.

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Topics: diagnosis decision support

Insect Bites and Stings | 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

With the weather warming up and summer on our doorsteps human encounters with insects are more likely as they love the summer as much as we do.  Bites from fire ants, stings from bees, wasps and hornets are usually painful.  Bites caused by mosquitoes, fleas and mites are more likely to cause itching than pain. Did you know that reactions to the venom in insect and spider bites cause more deaths than bites from poisonous snakes?

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Topics: Isabel 1 Minute Read, seasonal

What travel vaccinations do I need?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Going on holiday this summer? Holiday season is fast approaching, and chances are you’ve already booked everything from the rent-a-car to the in-flight meal option. But right about now, in some cases 8 weeks before heading out to the sun, is vaccination time. Make sure you haven’t forgotten about your travel vaccinations and get clued up on the jabs you might be needing.

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WHO World Blood Donor Day 2015 - How to save a life

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

This week Sunday 14th June sees the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual “World Blood Donor Day.” This event was established in 2004, and is designed to raise awareness of the importance of donating blood to ensure quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need. It also serves as a thank you to those who have donated and continue to donate blood. Blood donations quite literally save lives, and one pint of your blood could save up to 3 adults or children.

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Topics: symptom checker

Where To Now? Triage tools and why A&E isn’t always the answer

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

In recent years there has been much talk about waiting times in Emergency Rooms and Accident and Emergency. In the US, changes in the way healthcare is paid for means most hospitals do not want lots of people showing up inappropriately, and in the UK, there has been a 2.7% admission increase since last year. More patients and less staff means it’s extremely important to know where you can go to get the most appropriate help. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) have even launched a campaign to try and educate people on the different options available, and when each one is the best decision. The main categories the NHS offer are:

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Topics: symptom checkers, triage, emergency

Antimicrobial Resistance and Diagnosis Error | 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

What is Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)?

Antibiotics and similar drugs are antimicrobial agents, and have been used for the past 70 years to treat patients with a variety of infectious diseases.  These drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases.  Due to the wide, prolonged and often inappropriate use of these drugs we now face a greater problem of antimicrobial resistance. This is where the infectious organisms that the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted themselves, making the drugs less effective.

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Topics: medical error, Isabel 1 Minute Read

Why the symptom checker is a key tool to enable ‘Choosing Wisely’

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

The UK version of the US Choosing Wisely campaign was launched this week. The aim of the campaign is to reduce wasteful medical practices. The campaign was launched by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges which published an accompanying briefing document. An article in the BMJ was published to coincide with the launch.

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Topics: symptom checkers, NHS

Could you be making a diagnostic error? How to avoid Cognitive Bias

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Diagnosis is the first and most important decision made about a patient - it determines all subsequent treatment and determines the course of each patient encounter. How well this decision is made, therefore, is one of the most significant measurements of healthcare quality and efficiency.

Despite this, misdiagnosis, is everywhere. It accounts for 30-40% of all malpractice claims in the industry and about 2/3 of all claims in primary care. Moreover, diagnostic errors are frequently the leading or second leading cause of malpractice claims in the United States, accounting for twice as many alleged and settled claims as medication errors.

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The Royal Baby is Here! Some Tips on Sun Safety for Infants

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

If you’re a fan of the Royals, you probably spent your weekend glued to the live feeds of #RoyalBabyWatch waiting for the announcement that royal baby number 2 was on his/her way. Even if you’re not one of the eager followers, it was hard to avoid the excitement as the public eagerly awaited the new addition. We finally welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana into the world on May 2nd 2015 at 8:34am.

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Topics: royal baby, Duchess of Cambridge, Lifestyle

Amenorrhea (Absent Periods) | 1 Minute Read | Symptom Information

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation or monthly periods.  It may occur in women before the menarche (before periods have started), after the menopause, during pregnancy or after an operation like a hysterectomy.  There are two types of this condition: Primary and Secondary.

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Topics: pregnant women, Isabel 1 Minute Read

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