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Loss of Appetite or Anorexia | 1 Minute Read | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Anorexia is defined as the decreased sensation of appetite or loss of appetite and the terms can be used interchangeably. This is not to be confused with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, which will be discussed as a possible reason for this symptom. Loss of appetite is a symptom which can occur in many diseases and its presence can raise alarm bells and red flags in some diseases both physical and psychological.

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Don’t Ignore Your Eye Health | World Glaucoma Week

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

All this week is World Glaucoma Week, helping to raise awareness of the irreversible and untreatable disease of the eye. As glaucoma has no cure, it is very important to spread awareness to prevent glaucoma developing in the first place. Here at Isabel we’re always stressing the importance of knowing your body and your symptoms, and having the  confidence to talk to a healthcare professional if something doesn’t feel quite right. Eye care is possibly one of the most important and sometimes overlooked elements of your personal health, and many eye diseases can be prevented if you just get them checked out regularly. In this blogpost we discuss general eye health, and some of the diseases, like glaucoma, which can be prevented when caught early.

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What do my kidneys do? | World Kidney Day 2017

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

The month of March brings us World Kidney Day, where countries around the world raise awareness for kidney disease, including the risks, treatments, and symptoms. This year, the focus is on obesity which is one of the biggest risk factors for kidney disease. Obesity causes huge strain on all your internal organs and functions, and the kidneys are one of the most commonly affected organs in obese people. A lot of people don’t realise the work our kidneys do, and how important it is for them to function efficiently. We’ve written a post explaining how our kidneys work, why they exist, and how everything can change if you don’t look after your kidneys and your body as a whole.

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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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