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1 Minute Read | Late Pregnancy Bleeding | Differential Diagnosis

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

Late pregnancy bleeding, or antepartum hemorrhage is vaginal bleeding which occurs after 20 weeks of gestation and is reported in 2-5% of all pregnancies. Vaginal bleeding occurring at this point in later pregnancy is associated with increased maternal risks, including maternal morbidity secondary to acute haemorrhage, or operative delivery.  Increased fetal risks can occur due to uteroplacental insufficiency or preterm birth. Successful management depends on accurate identification of the cause of the bleeding and timely intervention according to severity of the condition.

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Could I Have Lung Cancer? | Symptom Checker

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Recently, we blogged about Stoptober, a British initiative to encourage people to quit smoking. Now we’re into November, it’s the awareness month for one of the illnesses most commonly associated with smoking: lung cancer. If the Stoptober campaign is working for you and you’ve managed to kick the habit, then rest assured that your risks of contracting lung cancer will already be going down. In this blogpost, we explains the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatments for lung cancer, so you can be prepared and understand your symptoms.

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Are you doing Movember 2017? | Prostate Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis

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

It’s that time of year again, the summer is most definitely over and Halloween is behind us. In the world of charities and awareness, November means Movember, a campaign set up by the Movember Foundation. Movember is a time where men’s health gets the spotlight and men all over the globe stop shaving their upper lip to raise money and start discussions about their health. We’ve blogged about this unusual month back in 2015, talking about the four main areas of men’s health that the foundation focuses on, Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Mental Health and Physical Inactivity. These were borne out of some shocking statistics on these areas, such as the fact that one man will commit suicide due to mental health issues every minute. This year, however, we really wanted to focus in on one of the main four areas, and give you all the symptom, diagnosis and treatment information, so that hopefully you can talk to your fellow man about it, and that’s what Movember is all about - talking about men’s health. We’ve decided to focus on Prostate Cancer, as this tends to be the one most men are embarrassed or unsure of.

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How Has Stoptober Affected Your Health | Benefits of quitting smoking

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

We’re nearly at the end of October, which also means the end of Stoptober, an initiative in the UK set up by the NHS and Public Health England. The concept came about to help people stop smoking, giving smokers the challenge of stopping completely for one month. After thinking about quitting, that first step can be the most daunting, and Stoptober is a great way to combat this and kick off the new you. Whether you tried Stoptober or not, we have 10 reasons why you should carry on with your challenge into November and beyond.

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Two new resources for clinical reasoning | Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

clinical-reasoning.pngThe Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) held its 10th International Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference in Boston last week, and many companies and organizations, including Isabel Healthcare, came together with the shared goal of improving the medical industry through the diagnostic process.  This year’s theme was ‘Improving Diagnosis - It Takes a Team’ and focused on diagnostic reliability and how important the collaboration of the whole multi-disciplinary team is within this process.  The conference featured renowned speakers from the diagnostic error and patient safety fields, as well as interactive workshops and breakout sessions enhancing the multidisciplinary team focus.

During the conference SIDM announced two new resources to help physicians improve their knowledge and competencies around their diagnostic skills. These tools are called “Assessment of Reasoning Tool (ART)” and “Getting It Right: Cases to Improve Diagnosis.” We applaud the launch of both of these tools and have outlined them in this blogpost.

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Could I have Breast Cancer? | Awareness Month | Symptoms

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Noticed a lot of pink around recently? That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Around the world, people are wearing pink or sporting the familiar pink ribbon in support of this annual worldwide campaign involving thousands of organisations which are aiming to increase awareness, education and research into Breast Cancer. The pink ribbon has been an international symbol for breast cancer awareness for 25 years, and to mark this special anniversary charities around the world are doing even more to get people talking about, and importantly, spotting early signs of, breast cancer.

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60 million US adults say they have experienced a misdiagnosis | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) have just published a survey of “Americans’ Experiences with Medical Errors and Views on Patient Safety” and the results are truly shocking.

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The new Isabel Symptom Checker | New look website and symptom checker

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

As you will have noticed, over the last year we have changed the look, feel and functionality of our Isabel Professional DDx Generator and Isabel Healthcare Website. Changes to the layout of the tool have helped maximize efficiency, and updates to the website and tool’s style have modernized the feel of Isabel. We even introduced the new Likelihood Indicator to the tool after a large internal study highlighted the proficiency of the DDx Generator to rank diagnoses.

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National Cholesterol Education Month | Everything you need to know about cholesterol

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

September is National Cholesterol Education Month in the USA, and coming up in October it is the UK’s turn. The recommended cholesterol levels for a healthy lifestyle are 200mg/dL.  More than 102 million American adults age 20 years or older have cholesterol above these levels. What’s more, 35 million of these people have levels of 240mg/dL or higher which puts them at high risk for heart disease. Many people are not aware of what their cholesterol levels are or even what their results mean when they are tested.  Therefore, this is a great time to get your blood cholesterol and lipid levels checked and embrace learning a bit more about them. If they come up high, we have some advice on what you can do to lower your levels by making the correct food and lifestyle changes.

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Could I have Hodgkin's Disease (HD)? | Nick Clegg and Claire Chambers

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

This week the former deputy Prime Minister of England, Nick Clegg, shared the story of his son, Antonio, who has been battling Hodgkin Disease, a type of blood cancer, since September 2016. The family visited the doctor with Antonio, now 15, when they discovered a painless lump on his neck. Thankfully, the doctor they saw considered the rarer, more serious conditions, and Antonio went through the appropriate tests to diagnose him with Hodgkin Disease. Some are not so lucky, however. Hodgkin Disease is an easily misdiagnosed case, as the symptoms are often seen as something less serious and more common. Claire Chambers, a young mum from England, was nearly fatally misdiagnosed when she developed Hodgkin Disease.

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