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Symptom Checker: Memory Loss | What is normal?

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

Memory loss (amnesia) is an inevitable part of the aging process.  As we grow older it becomes more noticeable that we forget people’s names or where we have put our bags, as well as appointments and events.  Most of these memory lapses are just a normal part of the aging process, but sometimes they can be an indication of a developing memory problem. It is important to recognize the symptoms for memory related illnesses, and understand how they can treated.  Many instances of cognitive memory loss which have an organic cause can be treated, if detected and recognized early, helping the patient lead a fuller life.

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How many types of cancer are there? | World Cancer Day 2017

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Last weekend, on the 4th February, nations, people, businesses and charities around the world united for World Cancer Day 2017. 1 in 2 people in the US and the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. That’s half the population, and it’s safe to say that almost everyone has been affected by cancer at some point in their life. World Cancer Day exists so that we can come together to raise awareness and educate on the fight against cancer. It’s also a time when we can fundraise to help speed up and improve the research process for charities and research groups around the globe.

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Being an Informed Patient and Parent | Isabel Symptom Checker

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Isabel visits several conferences and gatherings throughout the year in the field of health and diagnosis error. We interact with people at the forefront of misdiagnosis research and action, as well as those who are simply interested in how a diagnosis tool could help or has helped them. During one of these discussions, after hearing about the origins of Isabel Healthcare and Isabel Maude’s story of misdiagnosis, an attendee shared this recent case they had experienced with their 4 year old son.

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Sinusitis or Just a Cold? | 1 Minute Read | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

The holiday season is over, and quickly taking its place is cold and flu season. In all parts of the UK and most parts of the US you’ll be lucky if the temperature goes above 50F/10C and it’s only getting colder. That means the viruses which cause colds spread more easily in the cooler air. Add to this the fact that most people prefer to stay inside and cuddled up with a duvet or a loved one, and the chances for colds to spread becomes even higher. We all know the symptoms of a common cold, and most of us can deal with it and overcome them in a couple of weeks with a small amount of grumbling, but what happens when your cold turns into an infection? We’ve put together the symptoms and treatments for a sinus infection, so you can understand how to spot the condition, and get the help you need to get back on track with the year.

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Happy Holidays 2016 from Isabel Healthcare | Common Holiday Illnesses and their Symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 @ 01:38 PM

Last Christmas, our blogpost went out on ‘Christmas Eve Eve’ and we wrote an article on alleviating holiday stress. For some, it feels like yesterday since that post, and you’re thinking ‘how could we possibly have arrived at this time of year once again?’ For others, this holiday break has been a long time coming, and we’re crawling towards the finish line and have been dreaming of mince pies since the January blues hit 11 months ago.

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5 Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases and How to Spot Them

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:30 AM


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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – Where are we now in 2016?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) which is also known ‘cot death,’ is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of a baby for no obvious reason.  Sometimes a post mortem can reveal a cause of death, but the deaths which remain unexplained after post mortem are recorded as a Sudden Infant Death.  The number of SIDS death has fallen over the past 25 years and currently there are around 247 unexplained infant deaths of babies and toddlers every year in the UK.  It still accounts for a quarter of all deaths between 1 month and 1 year of age in the UK.

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How to Save a Life - First Aid Procedures

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

The work that medical professionals do is incredible. They save lives every day, and it’s their job to care for you when you are at your weakest. One of the biggest obstacles for physicians, however, is getting to the patient in time to diagnose and treat, particularly in an emergency. Strokes, blood loss and heart attacks are just a few of the many medical situations in which the time it takes to reach the patient can drastically affect their outcome, and unfortunately a lot of the time, these illnesses strike suddenly and outside the safe environment of a hospital. However, there are some things that non-medical professionals can do to help the emergency services and doctors, and improve a patient’s chance of recovery.

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World Sepsis Day

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 02:33 PM

Every 3-4 seconds someone dies of sepsis.

Sepsis awareness month is currently taking place and this week, on September 13th, saw World Sepsis Day.  Sepsis is a worldwide endemic health problem, claiming more lives than any cancer. The disease is more common than any heart disease, but still there seems to be a lack of awareness among the general public about sepsis and, more importantly, it is very often missed when a Clinician is forming a differential diagnosis. We’ll explain why this is and what sepsis is, as well as discussing the signs and symptoms to look out for.

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Spotlight on Alan Turing (1912-1954) | Father of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

A few months ago we published a blog on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its adaptation to healthcare, but the origins of AI are often overlooked or not known. Alan Turing wasn’t well known during his lifetime but today is he is renowned for having been an eccentric and passionate British mathematician, and, thanks to the Oscar nominated film “The Imitation Game,” many people know of his contributions to World War II (WWII). With his highly intelligent and analytical mind, Turing developed the machine which played a crucial part in the Allied victory over Germany in World War 2 (WW2) and is credited with reducing the length of the war by 2 years. In doing so, he was actually conceiving modern computing as far back as the early 1940’s, and he is now viewed as the founding father of AI.

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