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How Has Stoptober Affected Your Health | Benefits of quitting smoking

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

We’re nearly at the end of October, which also means the end of Stoptober, an initiative in the UK set up by the NHS and Public Health England. The concept came about to help people stop smoking, giving smokers the challenge of stopping completely for one month. After thinking about quitting, that first step can be the most daunting, and Stoptober is a great way to combat this and kick off the new you. Whether you tried Stoptober or not, we have 10 reasons why you should carry on with your challenge into November and beyond.

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Two new resources for clinical reasoning | Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

clinical-reasoning.pngThe Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) held its 10th International Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference in Boston last week, and many companies and organizations, including Isabel Healthcare, came together with the shared goal of improving the medical industry through the diagnostic process.  This year’s theme was ‘Improving Diagnosis - It Takes a Team’ and focused on diagnostic reliability and how important the collaboration of the whole multi-disciplinary team is within this process.  The conference featured renowned speakers from the diagnostic error and patient safety fields, as well as interactive workshops and breakout sessions enhancing the multidisciplinary team focus.

During the conference SIDM announced two new resources to help physicians improve their knowledge and competencies around their diagnostic skills. These tools are called “Assessment of Reasoning Tool (ART)” and “Getting It Right: Cases to Improve Diagnosis.” We applaud the launch of both of these tools and have outlined them in this blogpost.

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Could I have Breast Cancer? | Awareness Month | Symptoms

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Noticed a lot of pink around recently? That’s because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Around the world, people are wearing pink or sporting the familiar pink ribbon in support of this annual worldwide campaign involving thousands of organisations which are aiming to increase awareness, education and research into Breast Cancer. The pink ribbon has been an international symbol for breast cancer awareness for 25 years, and to mark this special anniversary charities around the world are doing even more to get people talking about, and importantly, spotting early signs of, breast cancer.

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60 million US adults say they have experienced a misdiagnosis | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Oct 05, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) have just published a survey of “Americans’ Experiences with Medical Errors and Views on Patient Safety” and the results are truly shocking.

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The new Isabel Symptom Checker | New look website and symptom checker

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

As you will have noticed, over the last year we have changed the look, feel and functionality of our Isabel Professional DDx Generator and Isabel Healthcare Website. Changes to the layout of the tool have helped maximize efficiency, and updates to the website and tool’s style have modernized the feel of Isabel. We even introduced the new Likelihood Indicator to the tool after a large internal study highlighted the proficiency of the DDx Generator to rank diagnoses.

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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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Could I have Hodgkin's Disease (HD)? | Nick Clegg and Claire Chambers

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

This week the former deputy Prime Minister of England, Nick Clegg, shared the story of his son, Antonio, who has been battling Hodgkin Disease, a type of blood cancer, since September 2016. The family visited the doctor with Antonio, now 15, when they discovered a painless lump on his neck. Thankfully, the doctor they saw considered the rarer, more serious conditions, and Antonio went through the appropriate tests to diagnose him with Hodgkin Disease. Some are not so lucky, however. Hodgkin Disease is an easily misdiagnosed case, as the symptoms are often seen as something less serious and more common. Claire Chambers, a young mum from England, was nearly fatally misdiagnosed when she developed Hodgkin Disease.

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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 is causing my headache? Different headache types

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

We have all suffered a headache at some point in our lives, and there are many causes for this common ailment. Stress is always a large contributor, as is tiredness, hunger, thirst and even eating your ice cream too quickly. But would you know the difference between a headache caused by an interrupted night of sleep or one brought upon by a toothache? We’ve listed below 5 of the most popular causes of a headache and how to spot them, so you can treat it in the best way possible and get back to your every day life.

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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.

Babies need a lot of vaccines, often having the same vaccine multiple times over the first months of their life. It can be confusing and overwhelming when researching which immunizations your child will be receiving at their appointments. We have put together all the recommended vaccinations for babies and children in the US, with brief descriptions, so you can rest assured that your child has had all the immunizations needed and that you understand their purpose.

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