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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Clinical Trial - What now?

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

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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Myth and Truth: What you need to know about gout

When you think of gout, what image comes to mind? A paunchy nobleman, indulging in too much wine and rich food? As with many diseases, there are assumptions made about the diagnosis of gout that are not always based in fact. According to Mayo Clinic, gout is a common and complex form of arthritis that …

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ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing Spondylitis 101

Ankylosing…What? That was my response when the doctor diagnosed me with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) five years ago. After months of severe back and hip pain, I finally had an answer, but also a lot of questions with the most ominous being, “Well, what now?”. Although the past few years have been a painful struggle, I’ve …

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Placebo

Placebo in clinical trials: To please or not to please

Have you ever talked yourself into believing that a particular remedy would clear your skin, cure your hangover or make you feel better? Yep, me too. The mind is a powerful thing and can do some pretty amazing stuff when given the chance. For centuries, physicians have studied the placebo effect, a phenomenon that suggests …

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Rheumatoid Arthritis vs Osteoarthritis: What’s the Difference?

There are several different forms of arthritis. You have probably heard of both osteoarthritis(OA) and rheumatoid arthritis(RA) at some point. While they are both chronic diseases with similar names, they differ greatly when it comes to symptoms, causes, and diagnoses. So, how do we distinguish between the two? Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease commonly known …

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