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National Cholesterol Education Month | Everything you need to know about cholesterol

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

September is National Cholesterol Education Month in the USA, and coming up in October it is the UK’s turn. The recommended cholesterol levels for a healthy lifestyle are 200mg/dL.  More than 102 million American adults age 20 years or older have cholesterol above these levels. What’s more, 35 million of these people have levels of 240mg/dL or higher which puts them at high risk for heart disease. Many people are not aware of what their cholesterol levels are or even what their results mean when they are tested.  Therefore, this is a great time to get your blood cholesterol and lipid levels checked and embrace learning a bit more about them. If they come up high, we have some advice on what you can do to lower your levels by making the correct food and lifestyle changes.

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Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis | World Sepsis Day 2017

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Here at Isabel Healthcare we have often blogged and talked about sepsis and the dangers of this life threatening infection, particularly in children. Isabel started out as a pediatric tool following the near fatal misdiagnosis of a 3 year old girl, and so we have always been very conscious of raising awareness for ‘red flag' diagnoses in children, and now adults as well, so they are not missed in the often narrow timeframe. September every year sees World Sepsis Day, this year on September 13th, supported by both the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA). What’s more, this year on September 12th, the organisations will be running “WSC Spotlight,” a free online congress for physicians focussing on maternal and neonatal sepsis, so we really wanted to highlight this and give some background into the disease presentation in mothers and babies, in preparation for the WSC Spotlight and World Sepsis Day as a whole.

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What vaccines does my baby need? National Immunization Awareness Month

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

August is National Immunization Awareness Month in the USA, meaning healthcare organizations come together to both promote the use of immunizations, and make sure that everyone is aware of the vaccinations they need at the different points in their life.

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Optimising Your Differential Diagnosis with Isabel Pro

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Isabel Pro, as a lot of you already know, is a sophisticated Differential Diagnosis (DDx) generator which helps clinicians broaden their differential by providing clinicians with a list of ranked likely diagnoses based on the symptoms entered. However, after this step there are many features to the DDx Generator which you may not be aware of. Our knowledge pages, specialty sorting, matched query terms and training tools are just some of the features at your disposal with Isabel Pro. Highlighted in this blogpost are these key features which you can utilise to research and refine your clinical reasoning process, in order to obtain the best from Isabel and generate a comprehensive differential diagnosis for your patient’s history.

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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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