Visit Isabel DDx Generator

SC-logo-without-text-final

Visit Isabel Symptom Checker

Isabel Healthcare Blog

Mandy Tomlinson

Recent Posts

Make the diagnosis - Childhood Absence Epilepsy (CAE) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Childhood Absence Epilepsy (CAE) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have similar symptoms and are often incorrectly diagnosed in children. There are many reasons as to why children are misdiagnosed, including failing to obtain a good history, or poor information from the family. The child’s school teacher may have contacted the parents  as they have noticed the child’s lack of attention, ‘blanking out’ or daydreaming episodes in class, which are affecting the child’s learning.  CAE and ADHD need careful evaluation as they have different treatment options and the wrong diagnosis can make the child’s symptoms worse or cause them to develop new symptoms due to incorrect medication being prescribed.

Read More

IBD vs IBS - What’s the difference?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

In the world of digestion there are many terms and different conditions, and so it’s no wonder that this can cause some confusion. The symptoms for many gastrointestinal conditions, as they are known, can be quite similar as well, and this can lead to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Two very common terms we hear around the subject are ‘IBD’ and ‘IBS.’ You’d be forgiven for thinking these two acronyms are interchangeable and refer to the same condition, but they are, in reality, different. We will explain the two terms in this blogpost, talk about some of the symptoms of common gastrointestinal conditions, and the treatments that are recommended for them.

Read More

1 Minute Read - Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Pregnancy is portrayed as a time of happiness and emotional well-being, and for many that is their experience, but evidence shows mental illness can affect women in pregnancy.  Pregnancy impacts women from many angles with regards to their physical and mental health and also the baby’s health. There is much debate over whether you are more or less likely to have ill mental health during pregnancy. Statistically, if a woman has had mental ill health in the past or at the time she falls pregnant, then she is more likely to have mental ill health during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth (postpartum) than at other times in her life. Overall, however, psychiatric admissions and completed suicide are less common in pregnancy than at other times. Indeed, some women who have had mental ill health in the past remain well during pregnancy, everyone is different and have varying triggers for becoming unwell.

Read More

Psoriasis Awareness Month - Symptoms, causes and treatments

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Your skin is the largest organ in the body, protecting your internal organs, skeleton and muscles from the outside world, regulating temperature and vitamin D absorption, and giving us the sense of touch. As skin is such a large and complex part of our body, it’s no wonder that there are many conditions and diseases, both rare and common, that are associated with the skin. We’ve previously written a blogpost on all things skin, from its functions to the most common skin conditions, but this week we are focussing on one particular skin condition. August is Psoriasis Awareness Month in the USA, so read on to hear all the main symptoms, causes, treatments and information on Psoriasis.

Read More

9 Types of Cough - symptoms, causes and when to seek help

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

A cough is the rapid expulsion of air from the lungs when the air passages are irritated. Cells within the air passages become irritated by fluids, mucus or material and a cough reflex is initiated, forcing air out of the lungs under high pressure to clear the irritating substances and to protect the lungs. A cough reflex can be voluntary or involuntary. In this post we go over the several types of cough and their common causes, as well as discussing symptoms you shouldn't ignore when you have a cough.

Read More

The 5 Types of Hepatitis  - World Hepatitis Day 2018

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

As regular subscribers may know, each month we spotlight a world or national health day on which we think we can help spread awareness. This month brings World Hepatitis Day on 28th July. Back in 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) and 194 co-operating countries around the globe pledged to eradicate hepatitis by 2030. Unfortunately, most countries are not on target at all, and the main reason for that is lack of screening or vaccinations, and therefore diagnosis. Currently there are 300 million people living with hepatitis unknowingly, and potentially spreading the disease through contaminated water, blood or in rare cases sexual contact. There are several types of hepatitis with little or no symptoms, so regular screenings or vaccinations are the best way to detect, treat and eradicate the disease. In this blogpost, we’ll explain what hepatitis is, go over the main types of hepatitis, and talk about the treatments and vaccines available that can help stop the spread and get us back on target for eradicating the disease by 2030.

Read More

Vomiting and Nausea - Symptom information, causes and treatment

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Vomiting, also known as emesis, is the forceful expulsion of the contents of the stomach via the mouth and occasionally the nose. Nausea is the discomfort or unpleasant feeling which a person experiences before vomiting. It is possible to experience nausea without any vomiting occurring. Nausea and vomiting are both symptoms rather than a disease. 

Read More

Do I have a migraine? Migraine symptoms, types and causes

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Migraines are a very common ailment, with studies suggesting they affect up to 13% of the US adult population. Symptoms can be moderate to severe, and can last hours or even days, and a lot of people confuse a migraine with a bad headache. It is however, a little different to other headaches, and people who suffer from regular migraines often describe attacks as debilitating, rendering them unable to carry out day to day activities.

Read More

1 Minute Read - Tickborne Diseases - The Great Imitator

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Tickborne diseases are infectious pathogens transmitted by tick bites to humans. 

Read More

1 Minute Read - Mitochondrial Disease - The Quest for a Timely Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Results of a recent survey published in the journal Neurology Genetics, on patients with mitochondrial disease, have stated that genetics identify the ‘diagnostic odyssey’ experienced. Diagnostic odyssey is defined as the time taken between a patient first developing symptoms and receiving a correct medical diagnosis. 210 patients participated in the survey, all of whom had physician diagnoses of mitochondrial disease and were recruited through the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.  The results were alarming:

Read More

Latest Posts

Blogs We Love

Wachter's World- Dr. Bob Wachter at UCSF

Kevin MD - Physician Voice in Social Media

HIStalk - Healthcare IT News and Opinion

Healthcare.gov - Find the right coverage for you

Follow Isabel

Posts by category

see all