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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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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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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Winter and Lupus: What to Know

Lupus can affect just about any part of the body. It affects different people in different ways, which is something that can make lupus hard to diagnose. Technically speaking, lupus is an inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues. Often times, those suffering with the disease don’t have any visible …

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October 12 is World Arthritis Day: Research for possible new treatment options is underway

Local physicians are evaluating new cutting-edge options for patients with arthritis.   BRIDGEPORT, CT – Arthritis impacts the lives of millions across the world each year. Prior injuries, genetics, unrelated health issues, diet and exercise, can all play a part in bone and joint health. According to Mayo Clinic, arthritis is primarily the inflammation of …

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Back to School with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Raising a family is a challenge in itself. When you throw Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) into the mix, things can get a little dicey. Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 2 million Americans, with the majority of them being women. RA occurs when your body’s immune system targets the healthy tissues of your joint linings. RA commonly …

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Top Eczema Myths Debunked

Atopic Dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema, can cause skin to become red, itchy, and inflamed. It often occurs on areas like hands, face, scalp, and the insides of elbows and knees. According to the National Eczema Association, more than 30 million people struggle with eczema! Dealing with the symptoms associated with the condition is …

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But, you don’t look sick: Life with Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease characterized by symptoms such as dry mouth and dry eyes. The body’s immune system basically attacks the healthy cells that produce saliva and tears. While dry eyes and mouth are common symptoms, many people with Sjogren’s also experience fatigue, joint pain, and even dysfunction of some organs like kidneys, …

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