Nancy Ryerson

Nancy Ryerson is a digital communicator with years of experience covering healthcare. Today, she's a Digital Marketing Manager at Antidote, where she manages the company's content marketing and SEO strategies. Prior to joining Antidote, Nancy spent three years at The Michael J. Fox Foundation, where she created content for Parkinson's disease patients and expanded the Foundation's email list by 100,000+ members in two years through search and social strategies. She holds a BA in English and journalism from NYU.

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Can Crohn's Disease Cause Anemia?

Crohn's disease can be exhausting. But tired feelings may go beyond the stress of dealing with a chronic illness. Over a third of people with Crohn's disease may have anemia: low levels of red blood cells or hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that helps transport oxygen throughout the body, which causes symptoms like fatigue and weakness.

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The Wrong Way to Use Social Media for Clinical Trial Recruitment

"Social media doesn't work for clinical trial recruitment."

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Health Literacy Month: How Miscommunication Can Impact Health

October is Health Literacy Month. Health literacy refers to how well patients understand medical information from doctors. It plays a critical role in whether or not a patient receives the right care for them. 

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World Mental Health Day: We Need More Treatment Options – and Access

One in five adults in the U.S. experience a mental health condition each year. Of those, only 43.3% received treatment last year. This World Mental Health Day, we’re highlighting the importance of both awareness and treatment for the millions of people struggling with symptoms.

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How to Optimize Patient Recruitment in Five Steps

Of all of the elements of a clinical trial, optimizing patient recruitment may make the most significant impact on trial timelines. Even if you're meeting your recruitment goals – a rare accomplishment, to say the least – trials and budgets always benefit from better efficiency. 

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What Type 1 Diabetes Patients Care About in Clinical Trials [Survey Results]

Clinical research organizations sometimes create surveys and share general statistics about clinical trial participation. But every patient is different, and overarching stats don't tell the full story.

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After Years with Eczema, This Young Woman Found the Right Treatment – And Her People

Alexis Smith had eczema as an infant, but had lived a mostly itch-free childhood until hitting puberty at 12. That's when her symptoms came back.

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Why is Crohn's Disease Painful?

Crohn's disease is painful because of inflammation in the digestive tract leads to symptoms such as abdominal cramping, severe diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. Some people with Crohn's also experience joint pain, which can occur alongside digestive flares. Joint swelling, or arthritis, is the most common complication of Crohn's disease that takes place outside of the digestive tract. 

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Uncontrolled Movements In Parkinson's: Why They Happen & What Can Help

Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder that can involve several different kinds of uncontrolled movements. Some are caused by the disease, such as tremor and gait freezing, while dyskinesia – uncontrolled jerking or twisting movement – is caused by long-term levodopa use.

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What's the Latest Eczema Research?

Today, 70% of the 18 million adults in the U.S. experience moderate-to-severe symptoms. Nearly half of people with eczema report that they "often" or "always" feel frustrated by their disease. One-third report that they spend up to three hours per day treating their disease. 

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