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1 Minute Read | Fibromyalgia | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

A research article in Journal of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine was published recently, detailing a review on patients referred with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The review found that the diagnostic criterion for fibromyalgia was not met in 97.3% of the patients referred, indicating that the condition is often over diagnosed. It was also found the referring physicians failed to diagnose 133 (94.3%) medical conditions in these patients which can be determined as an error of omission. The authors commented that ‘fibromyalgia may have become the “disease de jour” for the medical community and the absence of strict adherence to the diagnostic criteria for diagnosing fibromyalgia has led to many missed diagnoses.”

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What is Sarcoma? | Sarcoma Awareness Month 2017

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 06, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

July is Sarcoma Awareness Month globally, and this week the UK are celebrating National Sarcoma Awareness Week as well. We’ve written blogposts on many different cancers over the years, including an overview of the types of cancer, but we have never gone in depth on this rare form of the disease. Sarcomas are often coined the “forgotten cancer” because they are both rare and under-diagnosed. Sarcoma awareness month is all about educating doctors and patients alike on the symptoms and diagnosis of sarcoma, in the hope that more cases will get spotted sooner, because, as is the case with most cancers, treatment is vastly more successful the earlier it is diagnosed.

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Heat Related Illnesses | 1 Minute Read | Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Changes in the climate worldwide have already started to show signs of longer, hotter summers to many of the countries on the Earth, and this will continue to happen in the future. It is thought that by the end of this century, extremely high temperatures that currently occur once every twenty years today, could occur as often as every two to four years. With heat waves currently being experienced in many parts of the world, there will be more contact from patient’s experiencing symptoms related to heat extreme illnesses. An extreme heat event is defined as several days of unusually hot weather conditions that potentially can harm human health, so reading up on heat-related illnesses, and the ways to prevent them, is crucial over the next few days and weeks.

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10 Facts About Your Spine | Scoliosis Awareness Month

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jun 08, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

As usual, we’re kicking off June with a post about a disease or condition being observed this month. In the spotlight this time around is “Scoliosis Awareness Month,” and people around the world are raising awareness for this spinal deformity, and raising money for the charities supporting people affected by scoliosis. The spine and skeleton is often overlooked when it comes to our health, especially when younger. The general opinion is that the skeleton will do as we want it to and, other than bone diseases, is nothing to be aware of when assessing our personal health. However, if we don’t look after our bones and in particular our spine and posture, it can have much bigger implications on our muscles, tendons and general wellbeing. Knowing how your spine works, connects to your body, and helps keep you active and healthy, is key to your overall health. We’ve put together 10 facts about the spine and spinal deformities that you may not know, as well as a short overview of the symptoms, causes and treatments for scoliosis.

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Pregnancy related hypertension | 1 Minute Read | Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

An article recently published with NPR details some shocking statistics concerning pregnancy-related hypertension, and it has been made apparent how little is known about pregnancy hypertension. The newborn is often watched and evaluated very closely, but not as much attention is focused on the Mother, especially postpartum. We also still have very little information on the causes of pregnancy related hypertension, especially conditions surrounding preeclampsia.

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Great Strides Walk | Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 04, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

May brings with it springtime, warmer climates for some and a high pollen count for most of the northern hemisphere. However, you may not know that it also represents Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the biggest and longest standing non-profit organizations devoted to raising awareness and finding a cure for the disease, and has been doing so since it was established in 1955. Most of the drugs and treatments now available for CF patients are due to the campaigning of CFF, and it means a disease which used to be thought of as a childhood disease, now has over half of patients living past the age of 47.

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Easy Bruising | 1 Minute Read | Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Easy bruising is a common complaint which medical professionals  often come across in their everyday work. The frequency of easy bruising among patients attending health care appointments has been reported as ranging from 12% to 55% and is commonly seen more frequently in women and the elderly. The definition of easy bruising is bruising without a history of trauma, or bruising after minor trauma that would not have caused bruising in the past.  The medical professional needs to evaluate the patient and work out what is normal versus what is clinically significant, and this can be quite difficult due to there not being specific symptoms.

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Mental Health is just as important | World Health Day 2017 | WHO

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

It feels like only a week ago we were talking about last year’s World Health Day on diabetes, but it’s that time of year again. Each year the World Health Organisation (WHO) chooses an important global medical subject for us to focus on, raise awareness and try and improve upon. This year the focus has shifted slightly from physical diseases to the pressing matter of mental health. The campaign, entitled “Depression: Let’s Talk,” is highlighting the importance of good mental health, and the long journey the world has ahead in taking mental health seriously, with a particular focus on depression.

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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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