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COVID-19 – The catalyst changing our health behaviour

COVID-19 – The catalyst changing our health behaviour

We are in a period of limbo, having apparently weathered phase one of the Corona Virus wave. Now as autumn arrives we are bracing to see if we can avoid another peak over winter. Many of our past activities have resumed; we are back in bars, restaurants, gyms and...

Counterfeit medicines in Africa

Counterfeit medicines in Africa

What is a counterfeit medicine? A counterfeit medicine is a medical product which is substandard or falsified and therefore hasn’t undergone evaluation by any regulatory authority before making it to the correct patients. The WHO estimate that 10% of all medicines in...

Why does ‘Feelings Data’ matter to us?

Why does ‘Feelings Data’ matter to us?

We live in a world in which “feelings” symptoms carry far less gravitas than those that are physical. Though physical traits will always be paramount in disease tracking and treatment, we have realised that acknowledging how patients feel is just as important. Why is...

Feelings data – why collect it?

Feelings data – why collect it?

Personalised medicine is about getting patients on the right medicine, at the right time on the right dose. Many factors play into achieving this, none more so than patient involvement in their treatment plan – sharing their opinions and feelings at different stages...

The term ‘stroke’ being classed as a health condition & symptom

The term ‘stroke’ being classed as a health condition & symptom

Of interest to us, health conditions are defined differently by patients and doctors. One example that we have come across recently in our annotation data, is the description of the term ‘stroke’. A stroke as we are all aware is a life-threatening event that happens...

How we can help fight the global cardiovascular health crisis

How we can help fight the global cardiovascular health crisis

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally (CDC). CVD takes an estimated 17.9 million lives each year and accounts for a quarter of all deaths in the states and the UK (BHF). There are many medical risk factors that can contribute to...

The impact of coronavirus on ethnic minorities

The impact of coronavirus on ethnic minorities

Over the last few months we have seen an alarming number of deaths in ethnic minority groups due to coronavirus. In fact, the figures show that the death rate for Black and Asian people is four and three times greater respectively than for White people (Public Health...