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Could I have ovarian cancer? Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in the UK, so we wanted to help charities raise awareness of this often frequently misdiagnosed condition. Ovarian cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer death amongst women in the UK, and 5th in the US. It’s reputation as ‘the silent killer’ is somewhat accurate, as the majority of women don’t notice symptoms or aren’t diagnosed until the cancer has already spread, making treatment much more challenging. If diagnosed at its earliest stage, up to 90% of women survive 5 years or more but sadly this is just not happening. Figures currently reveal that of the 7,300 cases of the disease in the UK, 4,100 women will die. The UK currently has one of the worst survival rates in Europe. In the US, the figures are hardly any more positive, with nearly 14,000 deaths out of over 22,500 diagnoses each year.

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World Book Day - 5 Books on Healthcare you should read

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Mar 07, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

It’s World Book Day today, where we celebrate the wonderful written word, and discuss our favorite pieces of literature. Children everywhere dress up as their favorite book characters, encouraging more reading in the young and in adults. We wanted to celebrate World Book Day this year by presenting you with some of our choices of books in the healthcare world. At Isabel we’re passionate about improving diagnosis, healthcare and technology, patient and doctor relationships, and the wellbeing of doctors. Our ‘reading list’ reflects this mission, and we hope you’ll consider reading some or all of our selection this World Book Day.

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Eating Disorder Awareness Week - an introduction to the different types

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 @ 11:30 AM


On the Isabel healthcare blog, one of our main aims is to educate, inform and raise awareness about personal health, enabling people to understand their own symptoms or recognize them in loved ones, and open up fruitful discussions with their medical providers. This can include symptoms, causes and diagnosis information on a huge variety of conditions and diseases. These discussions can be on common afflictions such as fevers, or intimidating cancers, rare diseases such as kawasaki disease, and mental health. Mental health particularly has become much more at the forefront of all medicine, as we deal with the ever-growing pressures of modern life and the stresses on our mind that this can take.

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Symptom information - frequent urination

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Frequent urination (urinary frequency) is the need to pass urine many times during the day, or during the night where the term nocturia is used.  Most people urinate 6 or 7 times in 24 hours.  Both urinary frequency and nocturia result in more frequent urination, and this can either be more frequent but with less volume of urine, or more frequent with the same volume of urine as usual. Urinary frequency is therefore defined as needing to urinate more than 8 times in a period of 24 hours whilst drinking about 2 litres of fluid.  Urinary frequency may be accompanied by the constant or frequent sensation of feeling the need to pass urine urgently. This symptom results from lower genitourinary tract disorders and bladder inflammation, which can cause the sensation of needing to urinate. This sensation doesn’t disappear when the bladder is emptied and patients experiencing urinary frequency continue trying to void but only pass small amounts of urine.  Frequent urination can affect your sleep, work and generally how you feel.

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Could I have bowel cancer? Jonathan Walters and colonoscopies

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Feb 14, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

UK footballer Jonathan Walters hit the headlines recently when he bravely took to social media to tweet, not about his footwork skills on the pitch, but about his experience with a recent bowel screening test. In a bid to encourage more people to get checked, Walters spoke about the heartache of losing his mother at a young age to the disease, using Twitter to get his message out in a series of humorous tweets about the procedures used for bowel screening.

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#SmearforSmear - Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jan 31, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

January 21st-27th was cervical cancer prevention week in the UK, where charities everywhere try to educate and raise awareness of cervical cancer, HPV vaccines and smear tests. We’ve written about cervical cancer and screenings for the disease before, so we won’t go into too many details about the symptoms and causes, but we did want to highlight the brilliant campaign that Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust have been running this year, called #SmearforSmear

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Could I have encephalitis? Symptoms, types and causes

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Encephalitis is a rare, acute brain disease which affects around 1 in every 200,000 people each year. Anyone can contract encephalitis, but it is most common in children, the elderly and those with a lowered immune system. There are many different types of encephalitis, and it is difficult to treat, meaning prognosis varies. Some people make a full recovery, others experience small changes to their brain, memory, mood or physical capabilities. For a small amount of people, encephalitis has a severe impact on their day to day life.

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1 Minute Read - What is Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

This disease, which shares many clinical features with similar spinal cord and brain conditions such as polio and Guillan-Barré syndrome, has had a rise in incidence in the US particularly. Sharing symptoms with similar conditions, as well as having only been categorized as Acute Flaccid Myelitis since 2014, this relatively new disease is easily missed in a differential diagnosis, or misdiagnosed. Furthermore, it is an acute condition that mainly affects children, so educating on the information known is paramount.

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Could I have glaucoma? Glaucoma symptoms, causes and treatments

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month in the US, an important time to spread the word about the world’s 2nd leading cause of blindness according to the World Health Organisation. Over 3 million Americans and more than 64 million people worldwide suffer from this sight-stealing disease, and worryingly the figures are moving the wrong way. The National Eye Institute predicts a massive 58% increase in the condition by 2030, due in part to the ageing population. Known as ‘the sneak thief of sight,’ in most cases there are no obvious symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of a person’s vision can be lost without the person noticing any prior symptoms. The disease also seems to be between 6 and 8 times more common in African and Latino populations. The condition can affect all ages, but most commonly is found in people of 45 years and over. While there is no cure for the disease, early detection is vital to stopping its progress.

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What is the future of health AI? Reflections and predictions for 2019

Posted by Jason Maude on Fri, Jan 04, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

It’s the start of 2019 and many exciting things are on the horizon for Isabel and the industry of AI in medicine as a whole. As we go into January we thought we would take a look back on the year that has passed, as we have done before, and reflect on the huge steps health AI has taken this year. We'll also look ahead to 2019 and beyond, predicting what we think will be the hot topics of the year ahead. Indeed, market research company Frost and Sullivan have predicted that health AI will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 66% over the next 4 years, so the future of health AI is certainly looking interesting.

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