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Could I have Leukemia? Types, symptoms and treatment of leukemia

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 12:18 PM

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, surpassed only by cardiovascular diseases. What’s more, around 80% of the people who get heart disease are over 65, whereas with cancer overall, that number is reduced to around 50%. This means cancer has probably affected everyone at some point, be that with a diagnosis yourself, or when someone in your life has had cancer. This is why we write about cancer quite a lot on the blog, most recently having done a crash course series on the types of cancer, and the treatments that may be offered to you should you be diagnosed. We aim to demystify and help make sense of as many types of cancer as we can, and today’s blogpost is no different. We’ve written about blood cancer as a whole before, and we have a post on Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but we have never gone into detail about leukemia, with which around 60,000 people are diagnosed each year in the US alone. In this blogpost we’ll go over the main types of leukemia, the signs and symptoms to look out for, and how the disease is treated.

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Body Image - #bebodykind – Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 16, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK takes place this week and is organized by the Mental Health Foundation. Each year an issue is selected and focused on to raise awareness of how that issue is linked to Mental Health, and to open up conversations around the topic.  This year’s topic is “Body Image – How we think and feel about our bodies.” Body image has a big impact on all our lives and a UK poll released this week by the Mental Health Foundation found that out of 4,500 UK adults:

  • One in 5 adults (20%) felt shame about their body image
  • One in 3 (34%) felt down or low
  • 19% felt disgusted because of their body image in the past year

1,118 UK teenagers (age 13-19) reported that 37% felt upset and 31% felt ashamed with their body image.

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Decoding cancer - treatment options and types of therapy

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, May 02, 2019 @ 11:44 AM

This blogpost is part of a 2 week series, helping demystify the world of cancer diagnosis and treatment. We all know cancer is a serious, often life-threatening disease, and that it takes many forms. We’ve also probably heard words like ‘grade II’ and ‘radiotherapy’ when talking about it, but do we really know what these terms mean, and if we were told we had cancer, would we know what was to come? It can be hard to go there and think about the unthinkable, but equipping yourself with this knowledge now could help save your life when discussing your diagnosis and treatment options should you get cancer. Likewise, if you have already had a cancer diagnosis, you may be overwhelmed and unsure of the process from this point, so we’ve created a quick overview of cancer terms. The first blogpost last week discussed the diagnostic process and the grades and stages of cancer that medical professionals use. This week, we’re focussing on the treatment of cancer. As different cancers have different treatment plans, it can get confusing very quickly. However, there is some information that can help in understanding the options being presented to you by your doctor or specialist.

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Decoding cancer - types, stages, and grades

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

The world of cancer can be extremely scary and hard to think about for many, whether you or a loved one have had cancer or not. There are over 100 cancers and they all have different grading systems and sub-types, meaning that if you do have cancer, you end up with a very long diagnosis that you may not fully understand. Following this there is a long and complicated ongoing process to choose and assess treatment options, some of which you may never have heard of before being diagnosed with cancer. We’ve written about the different types of specific cancers before, from breast cancer to pancreatic cancer and everything in between. Within this, we have touched on the subjects of cancer grades and some treatments. However, we’ve never done a post on the types, treatments, and terminology behind cancer overall, and feel this could be a very helpful resource if you are in the early stages of diagnosis and are not sure what the terms mean, and what is to come in terms of treatment options. This will be a 2-part blogpost series, with today’s post focussing on diagnosis of cancer, and next week’s on treatment. If you don’t have cancer, we still urge you to educate yourself with these quick summarizing blogposts, as you never know when the information may come in useful for you or a loved one, and with our own health, knowledge is power.

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Symptom Information: brain fog - what is brain fog?

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Brain fog, also known as mental fatigue, refers to transient periods of cognitive mental dysfunction that affects memory and concentration.  It can be a symptom of a medical condition and can also be related to lifestyle conditions including stress and diet.

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World Tuberculosis (TB) Day - can you still get TB?

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

This month saw World Tuberculosis (TB) day on 24th March 2019. Most people hear the word TB and think of the ‘olden days’ and Jane Austen novels, reflecting a time when many people would die of ‘consumption’ as it was called then. Little was known about this deadly disease, other than it gave the patient a terrible cough, eventually leading to them coughing blood and then declining quite rapidly until their lungs could no longer breathe. Today, we would not think of TB as one of the top medical issues facing patients and doctors, but the World Health Organization (WHO) states that it is still the leading infectious killer globally. It is true that developing countries have the highest prevalence of cases, and therefore highest death-rates, but did you know that there are around 9,000 recorded cases of TB in the USA and 6,000 in the UK, every year?

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Types of Dementia - 1 Minute Read

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 @ 12:04 PM

Dementia is not actually a specific disease, but rather a term that describes the significant loss of cognitive functioning and intellectual abilities which are severe enough to interfere with a person’s social or occupational functioning.

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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 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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