When Does Overeating Become Binge Eating?

November 16, 2017

Binge Eating Disorder, or BED, is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is a serious medical condition where individuals eat significantly more food in a short period of time than most others would under similar circumstances. It’s marked by feelings of lack of control, shame, guilt, and embarrassment. While overeating can be a normal tendency for many individuals, someone with BED has recurrent episodes of bingeing leading to emotional and sometimes physical distress. Many people will experience bouts of overeating who do not have BED. Holidays, parties, vacations, etc. can all be cause for episodes of overeating. However, these things happen occasionally and are not part of everyday eating habits. Drawing the line between overeating and Binge Eating Disorder comes down to frequency, feelings of loss of control, and emotions and feelings during and after a binge eating episode. BED sufferers binge regularly, at least one to two times per week and find binge eating episodes to be very upsetting. They prefer to eat alone because of embarrassment associated with their eating behavior. They will eat large amounts of food even when they are not hungry to the point where they are uncomfortably full. While binge eating disorder is very common, it often goes unnoticed due to the embarrassment and shame associated with the disorder. If you or someone you love is st

October 11, 2017

Corporate Livewire awarded ActivMed Practices and Research, Inc. with the Innovation & Excellence Award and shares this information through a press release: “ActivMed Practices and Research, Inc. was launched with the purpose of offering individuals the same quality clinical medical trials that are offered in hospitals and universities. The difference was that ActivMed wanted to offer these trials from a conveniently situated local office. They observed that many people cannot or will not travel the distance from suburban areas to large cities to participate in clinical research trials. If the commute happened to be too long or too complicated for the volunteers, then the number of willing participants would surely decrease. Excellence in Clinical Research Services ActivMed Practices and Research, Inc.” “The Corporate Livewire judges were particularly impressed by ActivMed’s dedication to patient care, patient recruitment and their high standard of protocol delivery. Having completed over 750 clinical trials, they ha

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October 2, 2017

  Terry Stubbs, ActivMed’s CEO & President, was interviewed by Norman Goldfarb, Editor of the Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices and Chairman of MAGI. Norman took some time to understand Terry’s ideas for advancing clinical research. The article starts off with Norman asking Terry what she thinks it’s time for the clinical research enterprise to start doing. She answers by saying, “more sites need to take advantage of industry standards. Sites of excellence understand that using internal and industry-standard procedures, training, forms, checklists, metrics, certifications, etc., not only save time, but also improve quality.” Read More   To learn more about upcoming clinical trials, visit our Facebook page.

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September 6, 2017

We are so proud to announce that we partnered with Catie’s Closet in August 2017 during their Fill The Bus Clothing and Toiletry Drive to collect clothing and toiletries for kids in need. We also encourage everyone to follow Catie’s Closet to stay informed of their current needs. Schools equipped with a Catie’s Closet give students living in poverty the ability to discreetly pick and choose the clothing and basic necessities they need, and are proud to wear. Lack of access to basic necessities is one of the top reasons for absenteeism. By meeting students’ needs, Catie’s Closet boosts self esteem and motivates students to attend school and focus on their education.

Every little bit helps- make a donation now

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August 3, 2017

Help Us FILL THE BUS for Students in Need!

ActivMed Research is teaming up with Catie’s Closet to provide basic necessities that students in need require for a successful start to school.

  • Collect items from now through August 7th
  • Tell your friends, family, and neighbors who Catie’s Closet serves and what items we need.
  • Join us on the eBus! Another way to support Catie’s Closet is by making a monetary donation. Buy your seat at catiescloset.org/fill-the-bus

  What is Catie’s Closet? Catie’s Closet helps students in grades pre-k thru 12 who lack access to clothing and toiletries, by providing them with everything they need free of charge to confidently walk through their school doors every day. Today, Catie’s Closets can be found in 37 schools in MA & NH. You can donate new or gently used clothing, new undergarments

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August 3, 2017

We are honored to be AWARDED: EXCELLENCE IN CLINICAL RESEARCH SERVICES 2018 During the awards process there were over 100,000 corporate professionals, the general public and their subscriber base to nominate associations, companies & individuals based on achievements and strengths. Additionally Corporate Livewire’s extensive research team has put forward a selection of individuals who have excelled within their sector. Information was submitted on each nominee and an independent judging panel decided upon the most deserving teams, practices and individuals to walk away with one of these prestigious accolades. Award winners will gain a place in the soon-to-be published awards winners’ guide, which will be distributed to over 200,000 businesses and professionals, as well as being distributed in Aspire Airport Lounges around the world. We would like to thank and congratulate all of our team members here at ActivMed, our volunteers, and others involved in helping achieve this award – it certainly is a “Group Award.”

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July 19, 2017

We are excited to share that ActivMed has been placed on the shortlist for the Healthcare & Life Sciences Awards 2017. These Awards celebrate and recognize the most innovative and successful projects completed in the past year – all around the world. We are honored to be considered for the International Award.

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May 11, 2017

Clinical Research Coordinator Advanced Certificate

  • Affordable tuition and strong support services
  • The convenience of learning online
  • A career with expanding job opportunities

A clinical research coordinator is at the forefront of investigating the development of new drugs, drug protocols, medical devices and diagnostic tools. As a clinical research coordinator you will assist with conducting clinical studies and trials. Your responsibilities may include patient recruitment, data management, monitoring patient and study compliance, and keeping accurate documentation. NECC iHealth Programs allow you to complete your semester coursework at a time that works best with your schedule. There is, however, one practicum course that requires the completion of a minimum of 180 hours of face-to-face work at a practicum site location. NECC’s Clinical Research Coordinator Certificate will prepare you to enter the clinical research workforce with the computer, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills needed to meet the needs of the region’s research facilities. Successful completion of the program will help prepare you for the applicable credentialing/ licensing exams available for CR

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May 8, 2017

The symptoms of depression are characterized by an overwhelming feeling of isolation, despair and a feeling of sadness that lasts for 2 weeks or longer. Acute depression, commonly know as Major Depression Disorder or MDD is a serious medical condition that should be addressed immediately, this disorder is more than a case of the blues. An episode is a period when for 2 weeks or more you experience a loss of interest or pleasure in everyday activities, accompanied by other symptoms, which could include hopelessness, anxiety, guilt, worthlessness and or feelings of emptiness. These things are called disorders, not diseases. They simply mean that something is out of the ordinary which depression disorders are. They are a cluster of symptoms that has shown to correlate with a specific emotional state.

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April 14, 2017

ActivMed has sponsored the annual Winning Opportunities for Women Conference for the past five years. This year ActivMed donated the proceeds ($1300) from a raffle for the wine jail below and 44 bottles of wine to the Mary Anne Esposito foundation. ActivMed also donated a 9” Pink Tablet and the raffle proceeds to the Winning Opportunities for Women organization. The 21st Annual Conference was on April 14th, 2017 at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, MA. The event featured: Becca Pizzi, Winner of World Marathon Challenge Cheryl Fiandaca, WBZ-TV Chief Investigative Reporter Gina Barreca, Author, Humorist Professor of Feminist Theory Susan Legar Ferraro, Founder/CEO Imajine That and G3 If you need any more information about the W.O.W. conference, call Laura Rocha at ActivMed in Methuen, 978-655-7155.

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April 11, 2017

Today it is widely recognized that there are many reasons to screen for cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease beginning at age 65. Considerations include:

  1. Early dementia-especially Alzheimer’s disease is easily missed. Early dementia, including mild cognitive impairment is a subtle problem. Family members often avoid the problem and compensate the individual.
  2. Physicians tend to miss the initial signs and symptoms, so about 90 % of Alzheimer’s cases are missed early , and many individuals who have Alzheimer’s are never recognized as having the disease.
  3. Diagnoses are still missed at moderate and severe levels, and estimates are that 25 to 50 % of cases remain undiagnosed.
  4. Screening may lead to better care.
  5. Early detection can inform caregiver education and help caregivers better understand the symptoms and behaviors of individuals in their care.
  6. Early preparation can can reduce family stress and misunderstanding, caregiver burden, blame and denial.
  7. Early awareness of the problem of dementia may help those most involved to promote advocacy for research for a treatment and a cure.

ActivMed gives free memory screenings at two of our research sites, call for an appointment and more information. Methuen, Ma. 978-655-7155, ask for Ashley or Deepa Portsmouth, NH 603-319-8863, ask

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November 7, 2016

We are very excited to announce our collaboration with Northern Essex Community College. Terry Stubbs, CEO of ActivMed and Cynthia Owens, a director at Affiliated Monitors, Inc., collaborated with Northern Essex to create a certificate program that would prepare individuals who already work in the sciences or health care fields to add to their skill set for immediate employment in the clinical research field. The new clinical research coordinator certificate is offered through iHealth @NECC and launches in the spring 2017 semester. To hear more about our collaboration with NECC, Click here! If you would like to learn more about enrolling in the clinical research coordinator certification program, Visit their website by clicking HERE!

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September 21, 2016

Nutrition articles stress the importance of following a strict diet in order to control bouts of acne, but is this really true? Many resources attribute refined carbohydrates, dairy, and saturated fats to acne. The thought is that Americans have become accustomed to a diet lacking low glycemic index foods (ie. processed foods), which in turn spikes insulin levels and causes an increase in sebum production. This sebum production can then clog pores often on the face, chest, and back, resulting in acne. In 2013, a research study published in the American Academy of Dermatology showed a strong correlation between acne and diet. The article highlighted research based studies that primarily focused on glycemic index and blood sugar. In particular, a study of Australian males who followed a strict low glyacne-and-dietcemic diet experienced significant improvement in the severity of their acne after following a diet of low glycemic index foods. The results were not surprising and seemed to follow established stereotypes. However, they also had significant weight loss during the study. Did the diet itself cause the improvement in acne, or was it the weight loss? Or was it something else altogether? It is hard to pin poin

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September 14, 2016

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Atopic Dermatitis is a common skin disease in children and adults. Atopic Dermatitis has been given a few names, some of which may sound more familiar. Other names for Atopic Dermatitis include:

  • Eczema (the name most people use)
  • Dermatitis
  • Atopic eczema

This skin disease is often characterized by very dry and itchy skin. If these areas on the skin are scratched, they will appear red and irritated, and infection can likely occur. These symptoms may come and go or there may be a persistent rash that, over time, could lead to tough and thicker skin areas. The American Academy of Dermatology, also states that Atopic Dermatitis appears differently in infants, children, and adults.

Infants (Newborn- 2 years old) Children (2 years old- puberty) Adults
Rash that appears mostly on the scalp and face- especially on the cheeks (Rarely appears in diaper area) Rash that appears mostly in the creases (I.e. elbows, knees) and also neck, wrists, and ankles. Rash that appears in the creases of the elbows or knees and nape of the neck, and covers most of the body.
Signs of Atop

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August 18, 2016

Clinical trials are research studies that utilize human volunteers, as individuals or in groups, to help researchers evaluate health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health-related outcomes. Subjects are chosen from diverse groups of people reflecting both genders at variety of ages and ethnicities unless the study pertains to one specific type or group. The studies are divided into Phases according to which stage of development the health-related interventions being tested are established. Phase 0 studies usually only involve a small number of people and they only have a small dose of a drug. Researchers are trying to find out if the drug reaches the root cause of the condition and how the drug interacts with the body. Phase I studies aneedlere generally small, with just a few patients. Once testing indicates a n ew treatment might help treat its target condition, phase 1 trials are done to determine what dosage of the drug is safe to use, what, if any side effects are generated, how the body copes with the drug and If the treatment is effective in treating the condition. Phase II trials are designed to determine if the new treatment works well enough to test in a larger phase III trial, whethe

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May 23, 2016

May 16th 2016 What is Yoga? In Sanskrit means ‘to add’ or ‘to join’. Yoga is often thought of as a physical practice but is also a mental and spiritual discipline that includes breath control and bodily postures originating in India. What is Meditation? To reflect upon, ponder, or contemplate. Yoga may act as a form of meditation. Current research has shown that yoga therapy, practiced daily, and was more effective than crosswords and memory games at preserving brain function. Yoga and meditation havSeniors+yoga_4e36b1fa-0c27-4c2e-9178-7038659cf250-prve been a recent interest in hindering the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It has been speculated that yoga may play a role in the prevention as well as improvement of symptoms in this most common form of dementia. The most recent evidence of this was gathered by experts at the University of Adelaide in Australia. The study compared yoga and meditation with crosswords and memory games in a group of 25 volunteers over the age of 55. The volunteers had reported memory issues such as forgetting names, faces, appointments and misplacing belongings. 

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May 10, 2016

The weather is getting warmer and everyone wants to get outside after the long, cold New England winter. We want to play with our kids, hike with our dogs, and start getting a head start on all of our yard work. Unfortunately, we all keep hearing more and more about the prevalence of lyme disease, especially in the Northeast, and the fear of going outside and enjoying yourself gets worse and worse with every story. It doesn’t help that the disease is very difficult to diagnose, especially in its early stages when it is more easily treated. Lyme disease is an illness that is transmitted from a tick bite when it transfers the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. If it is diagnosed early, it can be cured pretty quickly with a round of antibiotics. However, without early treatment, it can turn into a very serious illness involving the joints, heart, and nervous system. It can still be treated at this point, but may need larger doses or intravenous antibiotics. In addition, some people continue to have persistent fatigue and achiness after they have finished their treatment, which can take months to go away. So what can you do if you are going to have a long day outside to make sure you have a better chance preventing a tick bite?   Wear more clothes! Wearing long sleeves and tightly woven clothing can greatly help in preventing a tick from getting to the food sou

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January 28, 2016

Psoriasis is a common skin disease, which causes cells to rapidly build up on the skins surface. While Psoriasis symptoms can get better, there is no cure and usually symptoms will come back at some point or another. In ancient times, urine was used to treat psoriasis. Thankfully nowadays there new treatments like topical creams, light therapy (also called phototherapy), and oral and injectable medications. Recently damaged skin, such as areas that have recently been bitten by an animal, recently been tattooed, or been exposed to any other damaging act, are more likely to develop psoriasis. One of the most common misconceptions about the disease is that it is contagious. This misbelief can cause people with psoriasis to feel uncomfortable in their own skin (literally). They may even be ashamed to show their skin while they have a flare up. Psoriasis can develop anywhere on the body, but the most common places for it to show are elbows, scalp, and knees. These patches can be very uncomfortable, itchy and dry. The best thing for people with Psoriasis to do is to seek treatment when they have flare ups and follow their treatment plans. You can find out more about the psoriasis research studies now enrolling at ActivMed’s Newington NH and Beverly MA sites here! Written by Tori Stubbs

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January 19, 2016

COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe, which gets worse over time. The most common cause of COPD is smoking. COPD is currently the third leading cause of death in the US. Smoking cigarettes is the most common way for people to develop COPD, although only about 25% of chronic smokers develop it in their lifetime. Other forms of irritants can cause COPD as well, including smoking cigars and pipes, second hand smoke, pollution, exposure to dust, smoke or fumes, and smoking e-cigarettes (also called vaping). The most important step in treating COPD is getting rid of whatever caused it in the first place, usually to quit smoking. While there is currently no cure for COPD, there are many medications used to help patients with COPD, both inhaled and oral. People with COPD can take a number of steps to help them feel better. These include; controlling their breathing, clearing their airways, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding smoke and other pollutants, and visiting their doctor regularly. If you would like to find out more about the COPD research trials currently being conducted at ActivMed’s Methuen MA and Newington NH offices, please click here. Written by Tori Stubbs

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January 8, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys a person’s memory, as well as other important mental functions. In the US alone more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s one in every nine people over the age of 65. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, only medications that may help control the symptoms. After 65, the risk of Alzheimer’s doubles every 5 years, however it’s possible to develop it earlier than 65. Some people who carry one or more of several rare genes, can develop symptoms anywhere between their 30‘s and their 50‘s. The most common symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information. This is because it often begins affecting the part of the brain that is in charge of learning. As it advances, Alzheimer’s can cause more severe symptoms such as disorientation, mood and behavioral changes, confusion about time, events, and places, and newfound or intense suspicions about family, friends, and care givers. Often people who have Alzheimer’s won’t be able to recognize that they possess the symptoms. It’s often easier for family and friends to identify the symptoms and then help accordingly. Written By Tori Stubbs

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