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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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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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