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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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:

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ECRI Institute says Diagnostic Errors Are a Top Patient Safety Concern

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

The ECRI Institute (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute), has announced diagnostic errors as the top concern within its 2018 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations report. ECRI Institute is an independent non-profit organization which dedicates itself to applying scientific research to discover which medical processes, devices, procedures and drugs are best and improve patient care. The ECRI Institute serves 5,000 members and clients include hospitals, health systems, public and private payers, U.S. federal and state government agencies, health clinics, patients, policymakers and ministries of health.

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National Brain Injury Awareness Month 2018 - TBIs and their symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 08, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month in the US, led by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). A brain injury is quite literally any injury to the brain, and so is a very wide subject encompassing many different injuries. From sports injuries and traffic accidents to strokes and damage from drug abuse, a brain injury affects up to 1.5 million Americans every year, and those are just the ones that report to the emergency room or doctor. This year BIAA are focusing on breaking down stigmas and misconceptions surrounding brain injuries and the disabilities resulting from them. They are using the hashtag #changeyourmind to help spread awareness, and we’ll talk more about what you can do once we’ve done our bit. We thought we would go over the basic information, terminology and of course symptoms of brain injuries, to help educate everyone this National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

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1 Minute Read - Measles - Europe rates soar

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that measles was at an all time low across Europe, with only 5,273 cases being recorded, and 547 of these being in the UK. In 2015, the UK only had 91 cases confirmed, and this meant the country achieved the WHO elimination status, which dictates that the number of cases reported  has been low enough to stop the disease circulating around the UK. Unfortunately, these figures have now risen for 2017 within Europe to over 20,000 of which the UK accounted for 282 cases.

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