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The Patient’s Glossary - Terms that doctors use explained

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

Going to the doctor, or talking to a doctor in hospital, can bring about many anxieties. There is, of course, the original issue for which you are going to the doctor and its looming diagnosis, which can be downright scary, be it a sore throat or an unexplained lump. Add on top of this, however, the time constraints of your consultation, the many questions you know you’ll forget as soon as you get in the room, and the many more questions which will inevitably come up once the doctor starts talking, and it doesn’t take long before you’re contemplating the idea of not going at all, or just ignoring the problem. At Isabel, we want to do everything we can to alleviate these anxieties, and help patients feel empowered to talk to their doctor about their problems, ask the right questions, and feel satisfied with their consultation, diagnosis and follow up. One of the big worries is understanding the vocabulary that doctors use. Not understanding the terminology during an appointment with your doctor can be a real block in processing the possible diagnoses and getting answers to your questions, which may even delay a diagnosis or cause a misdiagnosis. It is also an issue which is relatively easily solved. With our handy blogpost of the most common terms that come up, you can go into your next doctor’s appointment or talk in hospital with confidence!

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Could I have blood cancer? Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Aug 09, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Blood Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) takes place each September in countries around the world and is dedicated to raising awareness about what blood cancers are, who is affected and calling for improvements in patient care. A recent survey by the NHS in the UK revealed that blood cancers are taking longer to diagnose than most other cancers. Over a third of blood cancer patients visiting their family doctor with symptoms needed to see their doctor at least 3 times before receiving a diagnosis. Phil Reynolds from the UK charity, Bloodwise, explains this is due to a number of factors: “including a lack of awareness of blood cancer symptoms and the ease in which many symptoms can be confused with more common conditions. He continues: “for some types of blood cancer, early diagnosis can have a significant impact on outcome for patients” which is why BCAM is so vitally important to help reduce delayed diagnosis.

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Could I have Juvenile Arthritis? JIA symptoms and treatments

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

During July, Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month will see campaigns around the world dedicated to making us aware of the painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms children as young as two have to endure and why an early diagnosis is critical in managing this condition. There are several different types of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), some milder and some more severe, so getting an early diagnosis on the type of arthritis is critical to successful treatment.

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Could I have diabetes? - Diabetes symptoms, risks and treatment

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Diabetes Week took place last week in the UK. Around the world charities and healthcare organisations are working hard throughout the year to increase awareness of this potentially fatal, life-long condition that looks set to become a crisis of epic proportions if more is not done to slow it down. The ever increasing cases of pre-diabetes, a condition when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classed as diabetes, is a global concern that could have massive implications towards the future burden on healthcare systems. As an example, in England alone, the prevalence of pre-diabetes more than tripled between 2003-11 and it is now estimated that a third of the English population could be in a pre-diabetic state.

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WHO World Blood Donor Day 2018 - Be there for someone else. Give Blood. Share Life.

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jun 07, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Thursday 14th June sees World Blood Donor day, organised each year since 2004 by the World Health Organization (WHO). We last blogged about World Blood Donor Day back in 2015, and we think this awareness day is so important to highlight. The universal nature of this day reflects the universal need for blood, for all countries and many diseases or injuries. Each year, a different host country is given the responsibility of running the campaign and event on the 14th June, to help emphasise this global endeavour. This year, it is the turn of Greece, who have chosen the following slogan to accompany their campaign: “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.”

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Could I have cervical cancer? - cervical cancer screenings and symptoms

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Worldwide screening programmes for cervical cancer are one of the great success stories of modern medicine and have been responsible for a massive decrease in the disease. In the US there has been a 50% decrease over the past 30 years due to screening, and results in the UK are not far behind. But the impact of this potentially devastating disease is not shared equally around the world. More than 8 in 10 deaths from cervical cancer occur in low to middle income countries, who tragically can’t afford the screening, or as it’s more commonly known, the smear test. Cervical Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women with more than 527,000 cases being diagnosed worldwide every year, with approximately 50% of those leading to death.

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World Mental Health Awareness Month | Stress and staying fit

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

In recent years the subject of mental health has been gaining more and more publicity, as we start to become both more conscious of the effects mental health have on our general wellbeing, and also more accepting. Removing the long held stigma surrounding mental health is paramount to us being able to research, treat and, most importantly, prevent the often complex diseases surrounding mental health. Amazingly, since 1949 the US have run their Mental Health Awareness Month in May, but it is only in the last decade that people have really started to accept mental health as an intrinsic part of our overall health. The UK also host Mental Health Awareness Week from 14th-20th May. The US are focussing on fitness, with the hashtag #4mind4body, highlighting the impact of good exercise and physical wellbeing on the mind, whilst the UK are exploring stress. Whilst not a mental health problem in itself, when stress is not dealt with effectively it is potentially the largest cause of mental health issues today. We wanted to explore both of these themes this May, and so we’ve written a little bit about each, to inspire everyone to think about their fitness, their stress levels, and their overall mental health.

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Could I have age-related macular degeneration (AMD)?

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) has been in the news a lot recently for different reasons. The American actress, Roseanne Barr recently announced that after 2 years preparing herself for a life with severely impaired vision following a diagnosis of AMD, a second opinion from a different doctor has revealed a more positive diagnosis: her so called ‘blindness’ was actually caused by a mole growing on the inside of her eye which, given time, could be removed. And in another similar story and an even more positive note, an 86 year old patient who had all but lost sight in one eye due to AMD, has now recovered his sight again, following pioneering stem cell therapy at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital.

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10 Facts you didn’t know about Autism - World Autism Awareness Week 2018

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

This week is World Autism Awareness week, with countries around the globe learning about and discussing this neurological spectrum condition. Autism was first researched and considered in the 1940s by the pioneers Hans Asperger and Leo Kanner, although it would be another 40 years before this work would be translated and published, and research could gain momentum. Even by the 1980s, however, there was still a lot to learn about the condition, with many people confusing definitions of autism with those of psychosis or other mental and physical illnesses.

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Could I have endometriosis? - Endometriosis symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

A recent article in the UK ‘Times’ newspaper has highlighted shocking statistics relating to the diagnosis of endometriosis, a common condition affecting girls and women of childbearing age. As many as 10% of women around the world have endometriosis, meaning 176 million people worldwide are suffering with the condition. Despite these numbers, the average sufferer has to wait over seven years, often enduring constant pain and repeated miscarriages, among other symptoms, before finally receiving a diagnosis. Caroline Overton, a senior consultant at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, has called for more teaching and awareness on the condition, stating that “more must be done to recognise and understand the symptoms and to encourage women to voice concerns about their health.”

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