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Could I have Multiple Sclerosis? | MS symptoms and diagnosis

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

Unfortunately the answer to the above question is likely to be “we can’t tell yet, wait and see.” According to a new US survey, nearly 50% of MS patients reported they had visited their family doctor or hospital more than five times before receiving a diagnosis. On top of this, 42% of sufferers were initially misdiagnosed with a different condition.

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Great Strides Walk | Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 04, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

May brings with it springtime, warmer climates for some and a high pollen count for most of the northern hemisphere. However, you may not know that it also represents Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the biggest and longest standing non-profit organizations devoted to raising awareness and finding a cure for the disease, and has been doing so since it was established in 1955. Most of the drugs and treatments now available for CF patients are due to the campaigning of CFF, and it means a disease which used to be thought of as a childhood disease, now has over half of patients living past the age of 47.

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Doctors can ask for help | Mayo Clinic Study

Posted by Jason Maude on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

At the beginning of this month, Mayo Clinic published a study in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice on second opinions compared with the first diagnoses of a patient. The data was gathered from 286 patients who had been referred to Mayo internists in order to get a second opinion on their diagnosis. The publication of the study brought up some interesting thoughts and discussions on both the results themselves, and also the limitations of the study.

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Easy Bruising | 1 Minute Read | Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Easy bruising is a common complaint which medical professionals  often come across in their everyday work. The frequency of easy bruising among patients attending health care appointments has been reported as ranging from 12% to 55% and is commonly seen more frequently in women and the elderly. The definition of easy bruising is bruising without a history of trauma, or bruising after minor trauma that would not have caused bruising in the past.  The medical professional needs to evaluate the patient and work out what is normal versus what is clinically significant, and this can be quite difficult due to there not being specific symptoms.

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Why am I losing weight? | Unexplained weight loss causes

Posted by Charlotte Maude on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

The topic of weight and weight loss is complicated and can cause a lot of debate amongst social groups. Some people want to lose weight, or need to lose weight for health reasons, whilst others struggle to put the pounds on or maintain their weight at a healthy level. Most of these attempts at controlling weight are deliberate and require a concerted effort in changing diet and lifestyle, but occasionally, changes in weight can happen with seemingly no change in energy intake or output. Significant unexplained weight loss can sometimes be a sign of an underlying illness which you may be completely unaware of, and as such should be monitored and explored should the weight loss continue.

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Mental Health is just as important | World Health Day 2017 | WHO

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 06, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

It feels like only a week ago we were talking about last year’s World Health Day on diabetes, but it’s that time of year again. Each year the World Health Organisation (WHO) chooses an important global medical subject for us to focus on, raise awareness and try and improve upon. This year the focus has shifted slightly from physical diseases to the pressing matter of mental health. The campaign, entitled “Depression: Let’s Talk,” is highlighting the importance of good mental health, and the long journey the world has ahead in taking mental health seriously, with a particular focus on depression.

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Introducing the Likelihood Indicator | Our latest internal study | Isabel Healthcare

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

At Isabel we are constantly building upon and improving our tool, testing the limits and always trying to make the diagnostic process easier and more efficient for healthcare professionals. As part of this continual development, last year we conducted a large internal study, with some outstanding results.

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Loss of Appetite or Anorexia | 1 Minute Read | Isabel Healthcare

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Anorexia is defined as the decreased sensation of appetite or loss of appetite and the terms can be used interchangeably. This is not to be confused with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, which will be discussed as a possible reason for this symptom. Loss of appetite is a symptom which can occur in many diseases and its presence can raise alarm bells and red flags in some diseases both physical and psychological.

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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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