Ulcerative colitis can be a debilitating illness causing moderate to severe abdominal symptoms including: Abdominal pain and discomfort Weight loss and fatigue Blood in stool Frequent diarrhea, and Reduced appetite These symptoms are not only uncomfortable and painful but are also very disruptive to everyday activities such as work, eating, time with family, etc. This … Continue reading “Ulcerative Colitis Medical Research Trials Are Currently Underway”

People are sometimes confused when it comes to an understanding of the difference between osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Both diseases cause pain and swelling in the joints, especially in the extremities such as the hands, knees, and hip. And, both conditions can affect movement and mobility as well as have a negative impact … Continue reading “Is Rheumatoid Arthritis the Same as Osteoarthritis and are Medical Trials Available?”

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a serious autoimmune disease that, in most cases, begins in middle-age, attacks a person’s joints, and affects women more frequently than men. The root cause of the disease is still under investigation, but it is considered an inflammatory autoimmune system disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis clinical trials are underway seeking improved treatment options, … Continue reading “You Can Benefit From Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials”

C Diff is short for Clostridium Difficile, a type of bacteria which causes colitis in the colon. C Diff related illness is a severe condition usually affecting older adults, although younger individuals can also contract the disease. Any individual and, especially the elderly, who have conditions requiring long-term use of antibiotics, are most at risk. … Continue reading “What is C Diff and Can I Participate in a Medical Trial?”

In our previous two blogs, we briefly looked at the impact of new technologies on how clinical trials are conducted. In part 1 we touched briefly on the effect ‘wearables’ might have on research techniques. Wearables are data collection devices patients wear that transmit research data back to a research facility. In part 2 we … Continue reading “The Future of Clinical Trials – Part 3, The Cloud”

In the last blog, we briefly examined the role of ‘wearables’ in future clinical trials. Wearable are devices patients carry that remotely sends medical data back to the testing site either periodically or on a continuous basis. This capability both broadens the geographic range of patient recruitment and produces a greater amount of data that … Continue reading “The Future of Clinical Trials – Part 2 Analytics”

Most people are aware of the tremendous impact technological advances have had on virtually every aspect of our lives. From home appliances to automobiles to space travel, high tech progress is leading to ever greater capabilities and opportunities. These changes are no less true of medical clinical trials. While not generally in the public eye, … Continue reading “The Future of Clinical Trials – Part 1 Wearables”

Meningitis is a serious disease caused by inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. The condition begins with flu-like symptoms such as a headache, neck stiffness, and fever but can quickly escalate and become more serious. If not treated, the disease can be fatal within 24 hours, although this is not common … Continue reading “What are the Signs and Symptoms of Meningitis and are Medical Trials Available”

Survey polls indicate that both concerns over risks and lack of awareness of medical research studies are deterrents to individuals participating in medical research trials. For individuals who might hesitate to sign up for a clinical trial because of a perceived risk, the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) should be understood. The FDA … Continue reading “What Role Does the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Play in Medical Research Studies?”

If you’ve been diagnosed with COPD, you are among the almost 15.7 million Americans who know they have the condition (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). However, what is worse, of all others with low pulmonary functioning, more than 50% have COPD but do not yet know it. That’s because COPD begins ‘quietly,’ with few noticeable symptoms … Continue reading “You Have COPD. Should You Participate in a Houston Clinical Trial?”