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Testicular Pain | 1 Minute Read | Symptom Information

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Testicle pain or testicular pain occurs around one or both testicles.  Testicle pain can also originate from elsewhere in the abdomen or groin, but the pain is felt in one or both testicles. The testicles are the male sex organs and are very sensitive, with even a minor injury causing a lot of pain.

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Swollen Glands | Lymphadenopathy | 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Lymph glands (also known as lymph nodes) are pea-sized lumps of tissue which contain white blood cells.  The white blood cells filter the lymphatic fluid through the body and protect you by destroying any viruses or bacteria that they find.  They are an important part of the immune system and are found throughout the body.

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Topics: Sore Throat, Isabel 1 Minute Read

Insect Bites and Stings | 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

With the weather warming up and summer on our doorsteps human encounters with insects are more likely as they love the summer as much as we do.  Bites from fire ants, stings from bees, wasps and hornets are usually painful.  Bites caused by mosquitoes, fleas and mites are more likely to cause itching than pain. Did you know that reactions to the venom in insect and spider bites cause more deaths than bites from poisonous snakes?

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Topics: Isabel 1 Minute Read, seasonal

Antibiotic Resistance and Diagnosis Error | 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

What is Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)?

Antibiotics and similar drugs are antimicrobial agents, and have been used for the past 70 years to treat patients with a variety of infectious diseases.  These drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases.  Due to the wide, prolonged and often inappropriate use of these drugs we now face a greater problem of antimicrobial resistance. This is where the infectious organisms that the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted themselves, making the drugs less effective.

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Topics: medical error, Isabel 1 Minute Read

Amenorrhea (Absent Periods) | 1 Minute Read | Symptom Information

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation or monthly periods.  It may occur in women before the menarche (before periods have started), after the menopause, during pregnancy or after an operation like a hysterectomy.  There are two types of this condition: Primary and Secondary.

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Topics: pregnant women, Isabel 1 Minute Read

1 Minute Read: Recognizing Legionnaire’s Disease

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:28 AM

The Isabel Healthcare 1 Minute Read program highlights various diseases and conditions, providing the Isabel tool differential list. Subscribe to the Isabel blog to receive clinical content and articles.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, Isabel 1 Minute Read, legionella, legionnaires' disease

1 Minute Read: Dyspnea – Time period of presentation provides clues

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Mon, Jun 04, 2012 @ 12:52 PM

The Isabel Healthcare 1 Minute Read program highlights various diseases and conditions, providing the Isabel tool differential list. Subscribe to the Isabel blog to receive clinical content and articles.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, ddx, Isabel 1 Minute Read, dyspnea, shortness of breath, dyspnoea

1 Minute Read: Intussusception – diagnose early

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Wed, May 02, 2012 @ 09:15 AM

The Isabel Healthcare 1 Minute Read program highlights various diseases and conditions, providing the Isabel tool differential list. Subscribe to the Isabel blog to receive clinical content and articles.

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, symptoms, early diagnosis, Isabel 1 Minute Read, intussusception, pediatric intussusception

1 Minute Read: Hematuria Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:32 AM

Hematuria (haematuria) is the presence of red blood cells in the urine.  Hematuria is caused by your kidneys allowing blood cells to leak into the urine.  If only a small amount of red blood cells exist in the urine, then the urine color may not change and they may only be visible by using a microscope and this is termed microscopic hematuriaGross hematuria (macroscopic hematuria) is the opposite term, and it can normally be seen that the urine is a different color maybe pink, red or cola-colored.  Urine dipstick testing is highly sensitive for blood but lacks specificity, so to confirm microscopic hematuria or gross hematuria then urine microscopy should be used using a freshly voided midstream urine specimen. 

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, Hematuria, Isabel 1 Minute Read

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