Five accounts to follow on social media if you're interested in inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease, commonly referred to as IBD, is characterized by a group of intestinal disorders that cause inflammation of the digestive tract. Approximately 1.6 million Americans currently have IBD, and that number may be growing. The two most common kinds of IBD are ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease. Every person’s experience with IBD is different, but some of the more ...

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COVID-19 and mental health: A look at the pandemic’s impact on mental health, how we’re treating it, and how it’s affecting those in clinical trials [whitepaper]

What impact has COVID-19 had on our collective mental health? How has treatment been adapted to meet new needs? And what does this all mean for clinical trial participants?

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What does patient centricity in research look like today?

Patient centricity is a phrase that generates a lot of buzz in the clinical research community — it typically refers to designing a treatment, clinical trial, or other health solution around patients’ needs and perspectives. Creating a patient-centric solution involves getting feedback from advocacy groups and patients themselves, and making decisions based on their voices. At the heart of it, ...

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What viral load can tell you about your hepatitis B infection

Hepatitis B (HBV) is one of the most serious liver infections in the world. Untreated hepatitis B can cause fibrosis, cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, and end-stage liver disease. Doctors run several blood tests to see if the infection is harming your liver and to identify what stage of infection you are in. Here’s why one of those blood tests — the HBV DNA (viral load test) — matters and ...

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Clinical trial advertising guidelines

When creating clinical trial advertising materials, it's important to craft outreach copy that connects with patients and care partners. But in order for your Institutional Review Board (IRB) to approve your materials, they must also adhere to guidelines set out by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Do clinical trials pay for travel?

Clinical trials can't move forward without volunteers, but sometimes, clinical trial volunteers have trouble getting to trial sites. This is especially true during a pandemic, where safety needs to be top of mind. One survey about clinical trial participation barriers revealed that the number one reason for declining to participate in a trial is the inconvenience of travel, cited by 42% of ...

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How to move respiratory research forward in the time of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has left everyone to adapt to a state of uncertainty. The medical community has been laser-focused on finding vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. Because of this, more than 1,000 clinical trials for other conditions have been delayed, paused, or deprioritized. Clinical trials for respiratory indications, in particular, have been impacted, especially because many lung ...

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Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The cause of MS is not known, but scientists believe MS is triggered by some combination of these factors: immunologic, environmental, infectious, and genetic. If you live with MS and also have a family (or plan on starting one), you might be wondering if MS is passed down from generation to generation. We ...

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Do you have a COPD action plan?

COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. More than 16 million Americans are living with COPD, and millions more have it but don’t know it. Signs of COPD include ongoing cough, shortness of breath, lots of mucus, and chest tightness — but everyone will experience this disease differently. 

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What your team should look like: Clinical trials vendor guide

The goal of any clinical trial should be to provide the best journey for the patient from start to finish. In order to achieve this, a sponsor will collaborate with an array of vendors to handle everything from pre-recruitment to site follow-up. Statistics on outsourcing vary, but largely tell the same story of an upward trend. Big pharma outsources around 40-45% of their activities to contract ...

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