Every month we try to highlight a monthly observance and raise awareness for a cause in the medical field. July is women with alopecia month in the US, and we’re giving you the ins and outs of this condition, covering what is known about the types and causes of alopecia.Read More
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Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe patients who have difficulty swallowing and is common, especially in the older generation, although it can occur at any age. Each year 1 in 25 adults will experience a swallowing problem in the United States.
The normal mechanical process of deglutition, or the act of swallowing, transfers a food or liquid bolus which has been ingested and transports it from the mouth to the stomach via the esophagus. If this process is interrupted via disease or motility issues, then two types of dysphagia can occur.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.