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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – Where are we now in 2016?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) which is also known ‘cot death,’ is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of a baby for no obvious reason.  Sometimes a post mortem can reveal a cause of death, but the deaths which remain unexplained after post mortem are recorded as a Sudden Infant Death.  The number of SIDS death has fallen over the past 25 years and currently there are around 247 unexplained infant deaths of babies and toddlers every year in the UK.  It still accounts for a quarter of all deaths between 1 month and 1 year of age in the UK.

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Pancreatic Cancer Awareness November Month 2016

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, during which the world comes together to help raise awareness of this often misdiagnosed, potentially lethal disease. A mere 5% of patients survive Pancreatic Cancer. That’s the worst survival rate of all 22 common cancers, and with 985 people dying around the world every day, that makes it the 7th biggest killer of all cancers, and 4th and 5th in the US and UK respectively.

There will be awareness events and fundraising campaigns throughout the month, but the focus is on the 17 November 2016, when charities will be hosting ’Turn it Purple’ events for World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Famous landmarks will be floodlit in purple, and everyone is encouraged to wear purple, sharing a selfie with the hashtag #InItTogether. To celebrate both Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and World Pancreatic Cancer Day, we’ve got some facts, figures and symptoms on pancreatic cancer, so that you can #KnowYourSymptoms and spot any issues as fast as possible.

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How to Save a Life - First Aid Procedures

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

The work that medical professionals do is incredible. They save lives every day, and it’s their job to care for you when you are at your weakest. One of the biggest obstacles for physicians, however, is getting to the patient in time to diagnose and treat, particularly in an emergency. Strokes, blood loss and heart attacks are just a few of the many medical situations in which the time it takes to reach the patient can drastically affect their outcome, and unfortunately a lot of the time, these illnesses strike suddenly and outside the safe environment of a hospital. However, there are some things that non-medical professionals can do to help the emergency services and doctors, and improve a patient’s chance of recovery.

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Isabel Healthcare Website and Tool 2016 - Isabel Has a Fresh New Look

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

If you’re a regular user of our tool, you may have noticed a few changes to the Isabel Pro website and tool (version 5). We’ve had a makeover! If you haven’t had a look yet, pop over to the new website and we’ll explain everything that’s changed in this blogpost.

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5 Reasons Why Symptom Checkers Will Never Replace Doctors

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

A new article and study appeared recently entitled “Comparison of Physician and Computer Diagnostic Accuracy” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study took clinical cases and data from a 2015 study, and compared the accuracy of patient oriented symptom checkers with physicians’ diagnoses of the same cases. We wrote a blogpost back in 2015 on the original study, which tested the diagnostic accuracy of 23 symptom checkers, including ours. As indicated in the previous blogpost, we felt the study had some major limitations, and we have similar, serious concerns with this follow up publication over its purpose and conclusions.

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World Sepsis Day

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 02:33 PM

Every 3-4 seconds someone dies of sepsis.

Sepsis awareness month is currently taking place and this week, on September 13th, saw World Sepsis Day.  Sepsis is a worldwide endemic health problem, claiming more lives than any cancer. The disease is more common than any heart disease, but still there seems to be a lack of awareness among the general public about sepsis and, more importantly, it is very often missed when a Clinician is forming a differential diagnosis. We’ll explain why this is and what sepsis is, as well as discussing the signs and symptoms to look out for.

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Skincare - How to look after your skin

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 01:24 PM

The skin is an all too often overlooked element of our overall health and wellbeing. It does amazing things for our body’s temperature, protects our internal body and fluids from the outside world, and allows us to touch and feel heat or texture, but unless something goes wrong, we can take it for granted. However, conditions such as cysts, acne, other growths or even skin cancers are often either preventable or easily treatable. Indeed, skin cancer, or skin melanoma, is preventable in 86% of cases. We’ve written blogposts on more specific issues such as sun protection before, but this blogpost will take a broader look at the challenges our skin can face, how to prevent them and what to do if you suspect you may have a problem with your skin.

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Spotlight on Alan Turing (1912-1954) | Father of Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

A few months ago we published a blog on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its adaptation to healthcare, but the origins of AI are often overlooked or not known. Alan Turing wasn’t well known during his lifetime but today is he is renowned for having been an eccentric and passionate British mathematician, and, thanks to the Oscar nominated film “The Imitation Game,” many people know of his contributions to World War II (WWII). With his highly intelligent and analytical mind, Turing developed the machine which played a crucial part in the Allied victory over Germany in World War 2 (WW2) and is credited with reducing the length of the war by 2 years. In doing so, he was actually conceiving modern computing as far back as the early 1940’s, and he is now viewed as the founding father of AI.

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Malaria | 1 Minute Read | Causes, symptoms and treatment

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Malaria is a parasitic infection caused by protozoa of the genus Plasmodium.  There are five species which can infect humans, but Plasmodium falciparum is the most life-threatening.  It is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito, but could also potentially be transmitted by blood transfusion or organ transplants.

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Dementia Awareness Week | The Alzheimer's Society

Posted by Jason Maude on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

This week is Dementia Awareness Week. The Alzheimer’s Society, which is a UK charity, is encouraging anyone concerned to read up and get in touch with them in 2016. Alzheimer’s and Dementia should be talked about and not feared, as catching the symptoms early can have vast improvements on the progression of the condition, and overall quality of life. So we’re explaining what dementia is, the different types of dementia including Alzheimer’s, and the tell tale symptoms to look out for.

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