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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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Could I have Fibromyalgia? | FM symptoms and diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

The most common answer to this question is…. “possibly, but we can’t say for sure … come back in 3 months time.” Not what you want to hear when your body’s wracked with aches and pains, you’re depressed, exhausted, constipated and constantly getting migraine. Fibromyalgia (FM), a condition which causes chronic muscle pain throughout the body, is thought to affect 3-6% of the world’s population, which on first glance doesn’t seem like a large percentage. When you actually add up the math though, it means that 450 million people are diagnosed with FM, and a huge 75% of those people are female.

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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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The Medical Internet of Things (MIoT) | The top 5 hospital smart gadgets

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

The phrase ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), as strange as it sounds, has been making the rounds of the tech and AI world for a few years now, and it refers to any ‘smart’ product that is somehow connected to the internet or to another product. For example, smart water bottles which track your water intake and hydration levels, or smart thermostats, which allow you to control your heating on the move, from your phone. In the last year or so, however, a sub-category of the IoT has been gaining popularity in the healthcare industry, called “ Medical Internet of Things” (MIoT). This, of course, means medical products which are connected to the internet, or some kind of network, with each other. The revolution of digital healthcare is in full swing, and it will hopefully make the lives of physicians and patients easier. To show you the impact MIoT is already having in hospitals around the globe, we’ve put together our top 5 smart gadgets that are currently, or soon to be, on the market.

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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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Could I have Atrial Fibrillation? | Isabel Healthcare | AF symptoms and causes

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

February brings us Valentine’s Day, a day where we celebrate all matters of the heart. Both the UK and USA have embraced this concept, and seen it as an opportunity to raise awareness of heart health, so February also marks National Heart Month for both countries. We have chosen to write about one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm conditions, Atrial Fibrillation (AF). It affects around six million people in the US and over one million people in the UK. Because of this, it’s really important that you know the symptoms to look out for and how you can manage the condition should you have it.

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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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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) | Symptoms and Diagnosis | New study shows delays in diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

In December 2016, a large international survey of 1,385 women, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, found that two thirds of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were dissatisfied with the length of time they waited and the number of healthcare professionals they had to see before they received a diagnosis. Nearly half of the women in the study saw three or more healthcare providers before they were diagnosed, and for a third of participants, the diagnostic process took more than two years to reach a final diagnosis. PCOS is notoriously difficult to diagnose, making it an often lengthy process, but there are a lot of symptoms to look out for and flag up in a consultation, as well as knowing who is most at risk of developing the condition. We’ve put together the symptoms and treatment information for the benefit of both patients and healthcare professionals, so you know what to spot when, and a diagnosis can be reached more efficiently.

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The Isabel Healthcare Story | Have you seen our new video?

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Isabel Healthcare and the Differential Diagnosis Generator is a tool used by thousands of doctors and healthcare professionals all over the world, and it is relied upon as the most accurate and efficient system of its kind. The tool itself is designed to help doctors form their differential quickly and effectively from a set of symptoms, allowing them to research the options presented and arrive at the correct diagnosis without missing crucial signs and without cognitive bias coming into play.

That is how the tool works and it is what the tool does. But why does it do it in the first place?

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