Feeling sick? There ’s an app for that! – The Big Symptom Checker Review

Do you feel under the weather but don’t want to go to the doctor yet? Are you searching for a solution to inform yourself about any possible condition from the comfort of your home and with the ease of your phone or computer? Of course, there’s an app for that! Not only one, but numerous. Join us as we test how well several services perform at gauging possible diagnoses based on one’s signs and symptoms. We entrust our diagnosis with the Mayo Clinic, WebMD, Your.MD,Symptomate and Ada symptom checker services. Here’s our big symptom checker review. The age of symptom checkers Are you feeling nauseated, shivering or have a sore throat, but you’re not sure whether you have to go to the doctor or you can just have simple cures at home and spare the GP visit? In the age of the technological revolution, one can expect to have apps that can point the user towards their possible condition as well as easy solutions at the reach of their fingertips. And that’s exactly what symptom checker services promise. However, as with so many other products and services, the average user has to make a choice. Which one is the best? Which one fits my needs the most? We are here to help you. The Medical Futurist team tested several symptom checker services in the last couple of weeks both on their smartphones and their computers in order to determine how the most widely used ones, such as Mayo Clinic, WebMD, Symptomate and Ada operate, what are their most...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: Future of Medicine Telemedicine & Smartphones diagnostics doctor Health Healthcare home patient primary care review smart medicine smartphone apps symptom symptom checker technology Source Type: blogs

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The reluctance to operate on pregnant women is not new and is based on limited and flawed data.1 We fear that the conclusions advanced in the recent publication by Fong and colleagues2 may serve as unjustified support for such delay in surgery, exposing pregnant women to complications.
Source: Journal of the American College of Surgeons - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Letter Source Type: research
We thank Tolcher and colleagues for their interest in our study.1 However, we disagree with their position that cholecyststectomy in the third trimester is safe for both the pregnant woman and the baby. In their review article,2 old, uncontrolled, and underpowered studies are quoted to justify their recommendation to proceed with surgery during pregnancy. These same inadequate studies were used to justify current guidelines.3 In comparison, our analysis of nearly 18,000 pregnant women undergoing cholecystectomy in the third trimester or the 90 days after delivery is properly controlled and powered to draw appropriate conclusions.
Source: Journal of the American College of Surgeons - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Letter Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 16 August 2019Source: European Journal of Obstetrics &Gynecology and Reproductive BiologyAuthor(s): Andrew Sharp, Richard Jackson, Christine Cornforth, Jane Harrold, Mark A. Turner, Louise Kenny, Philip N. Baker, Edward D. Johnstone, Asma Khalil, Peter von Dadelszen, Aris T. Papageorghiou, Zarko AlfirevicAbstractBackgroundSevere early-onset fetal growth restriction (FGR) predisposes to fetal death, neonatal death, neonatal morbidity and neurodisability. The use of placental biomarkers has been proposed for risk stratification in pre-eclampsia, but they could be equally useful in fetal...
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
We examined several parameters including reproductive performance of dams, physical development, postnatal reflex ontogeny, locomotor behavior, neuromuscular strength, anxiety, anhedonic behavior, cognitive abilities and microglia populations in the F1 progeny. The study showed improved reproductive performance of Spirulina supplemented protein malnourished dams, accelerated acquisition of neurological reflexes, better physical appearance, enhanced neuromuscular strength, improved spatial learning and memory and partly normalized PMN induced hyperactivity, anxiolytic and anhedonic behavior in offspring. These beneficial ef...
Source: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Authors: Hon KL, Leung AKC, Leung K, Chan GCF PMID: 31416996 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Hong Kong Medical Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Hong Kong Med J Source Type: research
ConclusionA Bayesian approach for transmission route reconstruction using epidemiologic data and genomic variants from WGS can be applied in actual VRE outbreaks. This may contribute to the design and implementation of effective infection control measures.
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
ConclusionTo successfully control the outbreak a customized bundled approach was necessary. Current guidelines should be adapted to be suitable for all types of residential care homes and to effectively combat the spread of multi resistant pathogens.
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis was presumed to be a rare case of twin pregnancy by triploid embryo formation, followed by loss of an allele due to postzygotic diploidization, development of a diploid fetus, and development of another fetus from a separate embryo. Because of the existence of cases such as this one with a diploid fetus, but without a normal pregnancy coexistent with a complete hydatidiform mole, diagnosis by genetic analysis is required for prognosis.
Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
In this study, we determined the impacts of growth pattern to the end of the mating period and sire genetics on the reproductive performance of Merino ewe lambs. Five hundred ewe lambs with full pedigree records were managed under commercial conditions from weaning and weighed 43.5 kg at the start of the mating period with an average age of 224 days. The ewe lambs were offered a moderate or high feed allowance to achieve target growth rates of 100 or 200 g/day during a 46-day mating period. They were then recombined and scanned for pregnancy status 60 days after the mating period. At the individual animal lev...
Source: Small Ruminant Research - Category: Zoology Source Type: research
Authors: Appak Ö, Manyaslı M, Cengiz MM, Deliloğlu B, Karaoğlu Asrak H, Özlü C, Sayıner AA Abstract The screening for syphilis during pregnancy is important to prevent intrauterine transmission and complications. Prozone phenomenon may cause a false negative result in non-treponemal syphilis tests, which complicates an accurate diagnosis. In this case report a newborn syphilis case was presented to emphasize the importance of reverse algorithm in diagnosis and the prozone phenomenon which can cause problems in rapid plasma reagin (RPR) test. The 2920 g infant patient was born from a 24-year-old m...
Source: Mikrobiyoloji Bulteni - Category: Microbiology Tags: Mikrobiyol Bul Source Type: research
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