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World IBD day - What are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis?

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, May 23, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

World IBD Day falls on May 19th each year, and is a time for countries around the world to get together and raise awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This year, Australia used the hashtag #FlushTheStigma to help encourage conversation about conditions that in the past have been, and a lot of the time still are, associated with embarrassment or shame. America aimed to break down borders and make #IBDvisible as well, and the UK had a clever campaign entitled “It Takes Guts,” again talking about ending the stigma and opening up dialogue on IBD. We’ve written briefly about IBD in our blogpost “IBD vs IBS - what’s the difference?” where we gave an overview of the 2 main types of IBD, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This week, we want to go more in depth and talk about these diseases, hopefully helping to end the stigma and show that IBD is a part of life for some and is nothing to be ashamed of.

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Could I have Lupus? Lupus symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, May 09, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

May 10th is World Lupus Day, when charities around the world aim to raise awareness of the often devastating impact this disease can have on the lives of sufferers. Raising funds for research into a cure is one aim of World Lupus Day. Increasing awareness, however, of the many symptoms of lupus, is also key as early diagnosis is critical in helping to prevent major organ damage, and in extreme cases, failure.

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Are women's heart attacks less important than men's?

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Apr 11, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Every year, twice as many women will die from a heart attack than from breast cancer, and yet to many it is still primarily considered to be a ‘man’s disease.’ As a result, women suffering from a heart attack are 59% more likely to be misdiagnosed compared to men. For most, crushing chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack but up to 38% of women don’t have this hallmark symptom, instead presenting with much more subtle symptoms which are often going unrecognised. The consequences of being sent away from hospital without a correct diagnosis of heart disease can more than double your risk of dying.

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Universal Health Coverage is possible - World Health Day 2019

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Apr 04, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

This Sunday 7th April is World Health Day, with the World Health Organization (WHO) setting out a theme on which the whole world can focus, campaign for and work towards. It’s a cause we’ve supported for a long time now, blogging about our thoughts, actions and efforts on each year’s theme. We’ve written about a variety of the topics over the years, such as food poisoning, diabetes and mental health, and this year the theme chosen by WHO is in fact the same as 2018: Universal Health Coverage (UHC). It’s a big topic and one at the heart of WHO since the organization’s inception over 70 years ago. Since the historic UN summit of 2015, there are also a staggering 193 countries who have pledged to make UHC a reality by 2030 as part of the 17 sustainable development goals, so it’s no wonder WHO have made ‘health for all’ their main focus 2 years running.

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Could I have ovarian cancer? Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the UK, so we wanted to help charities raise awareness of this often frequently misdiagnosed condition. Ovarian cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer death amongst women in the UK, and 5th in the US. It’s reputation as ‘the silent killer’ is somewhat accurate, as the majority of women don’t notice symptoms or aren’t diagnosed until the cancer has already spread, making treatment much more challenging. If diagnosed at its earliest stage, up to 90% of women survive 5 years or more but sadly this is just not happening. Figures currently reveal that of the 7,300 cases of the disease in the UK, 4,100 women will die. The UK currently has one of the worst survival rates in Europe. In the US, the figures are hardly any more positive, with nearly 14,000 deaths out of over 22,500 diagnoses each year.

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World Book Day - 5 Books on Healthcare you should read

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 07, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

It’s World Book Day today, where we celebrate the wonderful written word, and discuss our favorite pieces of literature. Children everywhere dress up as their favorite book characters, encouraging more reading in the young and in adults. We wanted to celebrate World Book Day this year by presenting you with some of our choices of books in the healthcare world. At Isabel we’re passionate about improving diagnosis, healthcare and technology, patient and doctor relationships, and the wellbeing of doctors. Our ‘reading list’ reflects this mission, and we hope you’ll consider reading some or all of our selection this World Book Day.

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Could I have bowel cancer? Jonathan Walters and colonoscopies

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

UK footballer Jonathan Walters hit the headlines recently when he bravely took to social media to tweet, not about his footwork skills on the pitch, but about his experience with a recent bowel screening test. In a bid to encourage more people to get checked, Walters spoke about the heartache of losing his mother at a young age to the disease, using Twitter to get his message out in a series of humorous tweets about the procedures used for bowel screening.

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#SmearforSmear - Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

January 21st-27th was cervical cancer prevention week in the UK, where charities everywhere try to educate and raise awareness of cervical cancer, HPV vaccines and smear tests. We’ve written about cervical cancer and screenings for the disease before, so we won’t go into too many details about the symptoms and causes, but we did want to highlight the brilliant campaign that Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust have been running this year, called #SmearforSmear

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Could I have glaucoma? Glaucoma symptoms, causes and treatments

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month in the US, an important time to spread the word about the world’s 2nd leading cause of blindness according to the World Health Organisation. Over 3 million Americans and more than 64 million people worldwide suffer from this sight-stealing disease, and worryingly the figures are moving the wrong way. The National Eye Institute predicts a massive 58% increase in the condition by 2030, due in part to the ageing population. Known as ‘the sneak thief of sight,’ in most cases there are no obvious symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of a person’s vision can be lost without the person noticing any prior symptoms. The disease also seems to be between 6 and 8 times more common in African and Latino populations. The condition can affect all ages, but most commonly is found in people of 45 years and over. While there is no cure for the disease, early detection is vital to stopping its progress.

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Could I have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - or is it just Christmas?

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

It’s no secret that the holidays can often be associated more with exhaustion than enjoyment. Presents to buy and wrap, relatives to visit, food to cook….the list is never-ending, so no wonder many of us feel overly tired and lethargic well before the first present has been opened. We can easily blame flu-like symptoms, sore throats or even memory problems on the pre-Christmas build-up. But sometimes these symptoms have another more serious cause and are still lingering long after the decorations have been stored away.

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