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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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Sinusitis or Just a Cold? | 1 Minute Read | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

The holiday season is over, and quickly taking its place is cold and flu season. In all parts of the UK and most parts of the US you’ll be lucky if the temperature goes above 50F/10C and it’s only getting colder. That means the viruses which cause colds spread more easily in the cooler air. Add to this the fact that most people prefer to stay inside and cuddled up with a duvet or a loved one, and the chances for colds to spread becomes even higher. We all know the symptoms of a common cold, and most of us can deal with it and overcome them in a couple of weeks with a small amount of grumbling, but what happens when your cold turns into an infection? We’ve put together the symptoms and treatments for a sinus infection, so you can understand how to spot the condition, and get the help you need to get back on track with the year.

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Happy Holidays 2016 from Isabel Healthcare | Common Holiday Illnesses and their Symptoms

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 @ 01:38 PM

Last Christmas, our blogpost went out on ‘Christmas Eve Eve’ and we wrote an article on alleviating holiday stress. For some, it feels like yesterday since that post, and you’re thinking ‘how could we possibly have arrived at this time of year once again?’ For others, this holiday break has been a long time coming, and we’re crawling towards the finish line and have been dreaming of mince pies since the January blues hit 11 months ago.

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5 Commonly Misdiagnosed Diseases and How to Spot Them

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:30 AM


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Get a Second Opinion on Your Treatment - not just your diagnosis

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 11:36 AM


There is a lot of information out there on the importance of seeking a second opinion if you’re unsure of a diagnosis, and at Isabel we blog about it all the time. We stress the need to use validated, professional symptom checker tools to open up the conversation with your doctor and ensure many possible diagnoses have been considered.

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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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