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IBD vs IBS - What’s the difference?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

In the world of digestion there are many terms and different conditions, and so it’s no wonder that this can cause some confusion. The symptoms for many gastrointestinal conditions, as they are known, can be quite similar as well, and this can lead to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Two very common terms we hear around the subject are ‘IBD’ and ‘IBS.’ You’d be forgiven for thinking these two acronyms are interchangeable and refer to the same condition, but they are, in reality, different. We will explain the two terms in this blogpost, talk about some of the symptoms of common gastrointestinal conditions, and the treatments that are recommended for them.

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1 Minute Read - Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Pregnancy is portrayed as a time of happiness and emotional well-being, and for many that is their experience, but evidence shows mental illness can affect women in pregnancy.  Pregnancy impacts women from many angles with regards to their physical and mental health and also the baby’s health. There is much debate over whether you are more or less likely to have ill mental health during pregnancy. Statistically, if a woman has had mental ill health in the past or at the time she falls pregnant, then she is more likely to have mental ill health during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth (postpartum) than at other times in her life. Overall, however, psychiatric admissions and completed suicide are less common in pregnancy than at other times. Indeed, some women who have had mental ill health in the past remain well during pregnancy, everyone is different and have varying triggers for becoming unwell.

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Could I have blood cancer? Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Aug 09, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Blood Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) takes place each September in countries around the world and is dedicated to raising awareness about what blood cancers are, who is affected and calling for improvements in patient care. A recent survey by the NHS in the UK revealed that blood cancers are taking longer to diagnose than most other cancers. Over a third of blood cancer patients visiting their family doctor with symptoms needed to see their doctor at least 3 times before receiving a diagnosis. Phil Reynolds from the UK charity, Bloodwise, explains this is due to a number of factors: “including a lack of awareness of blood cancer symptoms and the ease in which many symptoms can be confused with more common conditions. He continues: “for some types of blood cancer, early diagnosis can have a significant impact on outcome for patients” which is why BCAM is so vitally important to help reduce delayed diagnosis.

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Psoriasis Awareness Month - Symptoms, causes and treatments

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Your skin is the largest organ in the body, protecting your internal organs, skeleton and muscles from the outside world, regulating temperature and vitamin D absorption, and giving us the sense of touch. As skin is such a large and complex part of our body, it’s no wonder that there are many conditions and diseases, both rare and common, that are associated with the skin. We’ve previously written a blogpost on all things skin, from its functions to the most common skin conditions, but this week we are focussing on one particular skin condition. August is Psoriasis Awareness Month in the USA, so read on to hear all the main symptoms, causes, treatments and information on Psoriasis.

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Not all Health AI is bad - Why we should embrace health technology

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 @ 02:38 AM

There has been a lot of talk this week, both in the healthcare world and beyond, about Artificial Intelligence (AI). Babylon's AI chatbot was released a few weeks ago, and has since come under some scrutiny, on social media and from the press, as to its accuracy in diagnosing patients correctly. IBM Watson, a system developed for many years now and which has cost the technology company billions of dollars, was also questioned as to its efficacy in a hospital setting, and whether it helped doctors to speed up and improve their diagnostic processes. At Isabel, we have several core beliefs that all feed into our mission of improving diagnosis. While we do not wish to directly address the Babylon and IBM Watson cases, the talk around AI has definitely intensified over the last few days, and we want to be part of that conversation.

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9 Types of Cough - symptoms, causes and when to seek help

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

A cough is the rapid expulsion of air from the lungs when the air passages are irritated. Cells within the air passages become irritated by fluids, mucus or material and a cough reflex is initiated, forcing air out of the lungs under high pressure to clear the irritating substances and to protect the lungs. A cough reflex can be voluntary or involuntary. In this post we go over the several types of cough and their common causes, as well as discussing symptoms you shouldn't ignore when you have a cough.

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Could I have Juvenile Arthritis? JIA symptoms and treatments

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

During July, Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month will see campaigns around the world dedicated to making us aware of the painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms children as young as two have to endure and why an early diagnosis is critical in managing this condition. There are several different types of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), some milder and some more severe, so getting an early diagnosis on the type of arthritis is critical to successful treatment.

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The 5 Types of Hepatitis  - World Hepatitis Day 2018

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

As regular subscribers may know, each month we spotlight a world or national health day on which we think we can help spread awareness. This month brings World Hepatitis Day on 28th July. Back in 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) and 194 co-operating countries around the globe pledged to eradicate hepatitis by 2030. Unfortunately, most countries are not on target at all, and the main reason for that is lack of screening or vaccinations, and therefore diagnosis. Currently there are 300 million people living with hepatitis unknowingly, and potentially spreading the disease through contaminated water, blood or in rare cases sexual contact. There are several types of hepatitis with little or no symptoms, so regular screenings or vaccinations are the best way to detect, treat and eradicate the disease. In this blogpost, we’ll explain what hepatitis is, go over the main types of hepatitis, and talk about the treatments and vaccines available that can help stop the spread and get us back on target for eradicating the disease by 2030.

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The 4 Types of Symptom Checker - Choosing a symptom checker for your institution

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Over the last decade, the use of AI and digital tools within the healthcare sector has grown exponentially, from improving a product for monitoring or treating conditions such as a heart monitor or an artificial pancreas, to creating a system that can help a doctor to do their job in the most efficient way, such as a symptom checker or a differential diagnosis tool. There are now a large range of symptom checkers on the market, and a growing interest in their use, not just at home by patients, but as a tool in doctors' surgeries and hospitals to help with care direction, initial presentation of symptoms, and patient engagement. With so many tools available, it is difficult to distinguish the different types of symptom checkers, what they can offer and how they can be used in a professional medical environment. We’ve written a white paper on patient engagement and symptom checkers, outlining the need for such tools, the different types available, and the best way to test and implement a symptom checker in an institution. In this blogpost, we will discuss one element of that white paper, touching on the different types of symptom checkers you can find on the market today, and their pros and cons.

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Vomiting and Nausea - Symptom information, causes and treatment

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 11:30 AM

Vomiting, also known as emesis, is the forceful expulsion of the contents of the stomach via the mouth and occasionally the nose. Nausea is the discomfort or unpleasant feeling which a person experiences before vomiting. It is possible to experience nausea without any vomiting occurring. Nausea and vomiting are both symptoms rather than a disease. 

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