Alopecia

Alopecia areata occurs when the body attacks the hair follicles. The attacks cause hair loss anywhere on the body and usually begin in isolated coin-sized patches. Hair growth and loss are unpredictable, and some face total hair loss on the entire scalp or body. As you can imagine, this can take a toll on the …

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YOUnique Beauty: Vitiligo

Having vitiligo can mean dealing with some pretty challenging changes that occur to your body. Although it is not life-threatening or contagious, these drastic changes can take an emotional toll on those who suffer from it. Not being able to hide from vitiligo in an increasingly superficial world can make your self- confidence take a …

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Gardening in the Autumn with RA

Autumn is here and if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the cooler weather may bring temporary relief before the harsh winter. Gardening in the Autumn can keep your joints healthy and your kitchen full. Gardening, in general, has health benefits for those diagnosed with RA and when you use the right tools and methods …

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Autoimmune Coping

There are over 100 distinct autoimmune diseases that affect more than 50 million people every day. The symptoms are commonly shared cross different medical specialties and can affect all organs. Fatigue, inflammation, achy muscles, and skin rashes are a few of those. Although some autoimmune diseases can have periods of remission, most require daily management. …

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Vs. Arthritis

Think rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (also commonly known as arthritis) are the same things? Spoiler alert! They aren’t. Arthritis is a general term used to classify over 100 joint diseases. The common symptoms among these joint diseases are joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and a loss in the range of motion, but you guessed it, there …

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Famous with Lupus

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. The symptoms can mimic other common conditions, making the path to diagnosis a challenging one. With around 1 in every 2,000 people diagnosed in the United States, lupus shows no discrimination. What is Lupus? Autoimmune diseases turn your body’s immune defense …

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Clinical Trials 101: Types and Phases

Since clinical trials are at the heart of what we do here at New England Research Associates, we thought we would talk about two of the basics of clinical trials; Clinical trial types, and clinical trial phases. Clinical trials help advance treatments for different conditions and can be done with or without an investigational medication …

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Common Lupus Triggers

Lupus Triggers If you have been diagnosed with Lupus, you understand that even the diagnosis process of this disease is complicated. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of your body such as your skin, joints, and organs. Lupus is more difficult to diagnose due to the symptoms mimicking so many …

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Ankylosing Spondylitis: Signs your back pain is actually AS

Ankylosing Spondylitis. Yowzers! That is a mouthful. This often-painful condition is no laughing matter for the approximate 2.7 million people affected by AS. If you suspect that your back pain may be Ankylosing Spondylitis, keep reading for a symptoms list, and helpful suggestions in taking the next step on the road to a possible diagnosis.  …

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So, You Signed Up for a Clinical Trial! Now What?

Clinical Trial - What now?

So, you signed up to participate in a clinical trial! Maybe you wanted to help advance future treatment options, or you wanted access to new breakthrough treatments before the general public, or maybe you just needed the free medication and compensation. No matter what made you get involved, what you can expect from your clinical …

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