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August 2, 2018
Biogen

Hopes are rising again for a drug to alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease after repeated failures. An experimental therapy slowed mental decline by 30 percent in patients who got the highest dose in a mid-stage study, and it removed much of the sticky plaque gumming up their brains, the drug’s makers said Wednesday.

Read Full Article on BostonGlobe.com

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August 2, 2018

This video, featuring some of medical research’s most influential players — including National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, Apple Health Team’s Stephen Friend, FasterCures Senior Fellow Bray Patrick-Lake, Yumanity Therapeutics CEO N. Anthony Coles and American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown — describes how FasterCures brings sectors together and the work ahead to save lives.

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July 30, 2018

Read “For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly” on NYTimes.com

Without clinical trials, we would not have new medications. Volunteers are needed to help further investigate new Alzheimer’s Disease therapies. Learn more about getting involved at one of our site locations on our enrolling studies page today.

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July 10, 2018

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic condition in which a person has uncontrollable recurring thoughts (obsessions) that lead to compulsive behaviors. OCD isn’t just about habits like nail biting, or always thinking a certain way. This disorder is much more serious and can interfere with all aspects of life such as work, school, and personal relationships.

1 in 40 U.S. adults suffers from OCD. According to the World Health Organization, OCD is one of the top 20 causes of illness-related disability.

Genetics play a role. People with first-degree relatives – think parent, child, sibling – who have OCD are at a higher risk for developing OCD themselves.

Most people are diagnosed by about age 19. While an OCD diagnosis typically occurs by age 19, disease onset after age 35 can happen. Boys typically have an earlier age of onset than girls.

How is OCD diagnosed? OCD is diagnosed when obsessions and compulsions consume an hour or more each day, cause significant distress, and interfere with daily functioning at work or school, in family relationships or with normal routines.

Symptoms of OCD vary widely depending upon the individual and the situation. These may include: fear of germs, fear of harm/illness/death, religious fears, urges related to numbers, discarding items, excessive doubt, urges to have everything “just right,” sexual fears, the list goes on. While the majority of people with OCD are able to function reasonably well, when OCD symptoms escalate to the point that they interfere with basic life functions – it’s time to consider seeking help.

Recognizing that you need help is the first step to help managing your OCD symptoms. If you or someone you love is struggling with OCD, ActivMed is currently enrolling in studies for those seeking new treatment options. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for an obsessive-compulsive disorder study, click HERE.

July 10, 2018
Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES)

The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety is a global collective of like-minded organizations and individuals working together, committed to the mission of “finding the most effective, innovative, ethical means of building, implementing and maintaining an integrated, comprehensive global system for clinical research, in a timely and cost-efficient manner- and then do it!”

Recognizing the need for uniform standards in the clinical research industry, our CEO, Terry Stubbs, serves as a co-chair for the Site Accreditation & Standards Initiative (SASI). Volunteering her time and expertise, Terry is working with a team to help draft standards for the upcoming site accreditation system.

These quality standards are now being made available by request to qualified individuals and organizations for review and comment as part of an ongoing consultation, development, and validation process (https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/Projects/9018-01652).

The closing date for the public consultation is Wednesday 31 October 2018.

We are proud at ActivMed to be part of this global initiative, and are excited about the positive impact this will have on the clinical research industry.

For more information, you can read this recent article from the New England Journal of Medicine.

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June 21, 2018


On Tuesday 6/19, ActivMed participated in a presentation done by the Alzheimer’s Association at Langdon Place of Dover in Dover, NH.

Kendra and Victoria both spoke on our current clinical studies and how people can get involved. Laura spoke about ActivMed’s history and locations, as well as the need for active participants.

It was a great event with 25 in attendance and many questions asked!

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June 19, 2018

What a great presentation Dr. Portney did last week at the Andover Senior Center to a group of people who are either suffering from Parkinson’s Disease or have a loved one suffering. He answered many questions and discussed the research going on at ActivMed in Methuen. His presentation gave some hope of finding a cure with the help of great research.

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June 16, 2018

Congratulations Dr. Koski. Thanks for being so humble and caring.

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June 12, 2018

Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a condition that causes skin to be red and itchy. The itching can be so uncomfortable it can get in the way of daily activities and cause problems when it comes to sleeping. It most commonly appears on the face, backs of the knees, insides of the elbows, hands and scalp.

The National Eczema Association estimates that over 31 million people in the U.S. have some form of eczema. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this common skin condition. Here are just a few to help you understand eczema a little bit better.

  1. Eczema is contagious. This is a big one we hear all the time. You can’t ‘catch’ eczema from someone who has the disease and you can’t give it to someone by touching them if you have it.
  2. Eczema and acne are the same. This is false. The small bumps that eczema can cause are not acne.
  3. Eczema is caused by bad hygiene. The cause of the disease has nothing to do with personal hygiene. According to WebMD, doctors think eczema is caused by a combination of factors including combination of environmental, genetic and immune system factors.
  4. Eczema is caused by stress. While stress can trigger eczema and make it worse, stress does not cause eczema.
  5. Eczema can be cured. While there’s currently no cure for eczema, the condition can be better managed by knowing your personal triggers and making a treatment plan based upon that information.

Researchers at ActivMed are currently studying potential new eczema treatment options. If you or someone you love is struggling to manage eczema symptoms, you may be eligible to participate in a research study. Qualified participants are closely evaluated by board-certified dermatologists and other medical professionals, and may even gain access to new treatments before they are available to the general public. Compensation is also available for travel expenses. To learn more, click HERE.

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December 29, 2017
Happy New Year from ActivMed!

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November 16, 2017
Cake overeating binge eating clinical research trial study ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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 struggling with BED, ActivMed is currently enrolling studies for those seeking new treatment options. Study participants who qualify are closely evaluated by board-certified physicians and other medical professionals. Reasonable reimbursement is also available for travel for those who qualify and decide to participate. To learn more and see if you or someone you love may qualify for a study in Methuen, CLICK HERE. Learn more about studies in Portsmouth, NH by CLICKING HERE.

October 11, 2017
Corporate LiveWire Innocation and Excellence Awards 2018 clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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 have developed the staff, processes, recruitment practices and facilities to meet performance expectations for phase two, three and four clinical research trials. These clinical trials have, in turn, led to countless advances in the ways of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.”

To read the full press release, click here.

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October 2, 2017
Clinical Informatics News clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

 

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.”

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To learn more about upcoming clinical trials, visit our Facebook page.

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September 6, 2017
Certificate of Appreciation Catie

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
Catie

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 or full size toiletries at our Methuen Office – 421 Merrimack Street, Suite 203 Methuen, MA 01844

Questions? Contact Christine McIntosh at cmcintosh@activmedresearch.com

It is through the generosity of volunteers like yourself that we are able to support the 26,000 students in our community and provide these students with the essentials that they need to start the 2017-2018 school year off right.

 

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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
Corporate LiveWire Healthcare Life Sciences clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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
NECC Clinical Research Coordinator Certificate Program clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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 CRCs. This program can be completed over three semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Eight courses are required, including the onsite practicum of 180 hours.

Click here to learn more.

For more information visit www.necc.mass.edu/ihealth, or contact Linda Comeau at 978-738-7610 or lcomeau@necc.mass.edu or Cristina Nuncio at 978-738-7609 or cnuncio@necc.mass.edu.

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May 8, 2017
depression clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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
WOW Winning Opportunities for Women 2017 clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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
alzheimers clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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 for Kendra or Abi

information provided by AFA Care Quarterly

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November 7, 2016
Careers Northern Essex clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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
acne clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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 point what is the actual cause of acne because is seems to be a culmination of factors including genetics, food production, and food choices. In addition, with this particular study, there could be other differences besides diet that could contribute to the differences in acne results. While it is true that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meats is an effective way to maintain a healthy body, it may or may not be the case for acne.

So is acne really affected by diet? There are certainly many studies that show a link. However, more studies are needed to figure that out true cause and control for more environmental and genetic factors. In the meantime, it can’t hurt to get the other proven nutritional benefits from eating a healthy diet!

Click here for more information about our acne studies

ActivMed is determined to help find a helpful medication to treat different severities of acne. We are currently enrolling for several acne related studies. Please feel free to call for more information at any time! 603-319-8863

Source: American Academy of Dermatology

Authored by: Samantha Lemelin, RA

Medically reviewed by: Marc Shay, MD

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September 14, 2016
Eczema Atopic Dermatitis clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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 Atopic Dermatitis include trouble sleeping, rubbing against bedding or carpeting, or possibly skin infections. Signs include the rash noted above, and itchy, scaly patches where the rash appeared. Thickened skin patches can itch even when Atopic Dermatitis is not flaring up. Can be especially bad around the eyes, causes very dry, non-stop itchy skin. Also appears scalier in affected areas compared to infants and children.

 

Around the world, between 10% to 20% of children are affected by Atopic Dermatitis, and about 1% to 3% of adults have Atopic Dermatitis. Anybody can get this disease, regardless of their skin pigmentation. Most of the people with atopic dermatitis are diagnosed before they are 5 years old (roughly 90% of people), and it is rare for atopic dermatitis to be initially diagnosed as an adult.

Some of the common factors that seem to increase a person’s likelihood of getting Atopic Dermatitis include:

  • Family members that have Atopic Dermatitis, asthma, or hay fever
  • Where someone lives (developed countries and colder climates are more at risk)
  • Females are slightly more likely to develop Atopic Dermatitis
  • The mother’s age at their child’s birth (If the mother gives birth later in life, the child is more likely to develop Atopic Dermatitis)
  • Social Class (Atopic Dermatitis is more common in higher social classes)

Researchers are still studying what causes Atopic Dermatitis, but it is important to know that it is not contagious, and the disease usually runs in families. Across the country, there are multiple studies being conducted to aid in the treatment of Atopic Dermatitis, as well as to find out more about the disease in general.

If you are interested in joining a clinical trial, please contact us today!

ActivMed Websitehttp://activmedresearch.com/

ActivMed Phone: 603-319-8863

Authored by: Kendra Thibeault

Medically Reviewed by: Abel Jarell, MD

Sources:

American Academy of Dermatology

WebMD Atopic Dermatitis

 

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August 18, 2016
doctor nurse patient clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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, whether or not there are inherent side effects and a method to deal with them and to ascertain the most suitable dose to use for the best, safest results.

Phase III trials may compare new treatments with the currently recommended treatment to see how a completely new treatment compares with the standard treatment, to determine different doses or ways of giving current treatments. These trials will generally involve a larger number of subjects than phase I or II as differences in success rates may be small and more patients are required to show the difference.

Phase IV trials are done after a drug proven effective and is granted approval. Phase IV trials are conducted to learn more about any side effects and safety of the drug for general use.  This phase is also used to determine how well the drug works in larger populations and to explore the drugs longer term risks and benefits.

WHY DO SUBJECTS GET INVOLVED IN CLINICAL STUDIES?

People volunteer to participate as subjects in clinical studies for myriad reasons. Some subjects that suffer the conditions for which a new treatment is being studied become involved to have access to the latest treatments available and, hopefully; to help hasten the development of a new tredoctorclipatment that will benefit them. Others want to play a more active role in their own healthcare and to understand their ailment and methods of treatment more completely.

Most study subjects, especially healthy participants volunteer for more altruistic reasons such as helping to advance medical science to the benefit of everyone, to ease suffering and to offer hope to those suffering chronic conditions.  Some subjects state that they want to “pay forward” the benefits they have experienced due to the efforts of past volunteers who have helped in the development of medications and treatments that have had a positive influence on their lives.
Whatever the reason; volunteering as a clinical study subject can have a long lasting impact on the advancement of medicine and the well-being of future generations. The next time you take a medication to ease, treat or even heal an ailment…remember… the relief you experience is partially due to the efforts and generosity of clinical study volunteers.

Authored by: Jack Beaton, RA, CMA

Medically Reviewed by: Marc Shay, MD

 

 

 

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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.  Eleven of the 25 participants received hour long memory training sessions and performed exercises that ranged from crossword puzzles to computer based tasks, while the other 14 were given hour long yoga sessions once a week coupled with a meditation routine they were able to practice at home for 20 minutes daily. After the 3 months, both methods (yoga/meditation and memory games) were equally good at enhancing verbal memory skills, things like remembering names, words etc. But the yoga provided added benefits in visual-spatial memory, which helps people to recall locations and navigate while doing an activity. This type of research will help doctors to recommend yoga therapy to patients who are suffering from this disease. While there are so many different types of beneficial yoga, Kundalini and Kirtan Kriya mediation were used in this particular study and involved chanting, hand movements, visualization of light and poses that are designed to increase strength and flexibility.


Do you think you are having some memory loss? To learn more about clinical research exploring early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other topics, click
here or call us directly at 603-319-8863.

Credits: Yoga Journal, Telegraph

Authored by: Samantha Lemelin, RA

Medically Reviewed by: Marc Shay, MD

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May 10, 2016
Tick Bite Lyme Disease clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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 source: your skin. In addition, you can wear long pants and tuck them into your socks for added protection. Light colors can also be helpful in being able to see the ticks on your clothing.

 

Use a repellant.

Repellants with DEET are known to be effective in repelling ticks. However, use in moderation and with caution as they are also shown to have some side effects.

 

Always do a “tick check” after a day outside, especially in wooded or grassland areas.

Have you heard the country song, “I want to check you for ticks?”

 

Toss your clothes in the dryer.

If you immediately remove your clothing after coming indoors and put them in the dryer, the heat will kill the ticks. That way they aren’t wandering around the house looking for their next meal!

 

Take a shower.

This can help wash those pesky buggers away before they can chomp down.

 

If you find a tick, remove immediately.

Since it takes a bit for the bacterium to be transmitted in the blood, you may avoid infection if you remove an infected tick early enough. Stay tuned for another blog post coming up regarding tips for tick removal.

 

You did all you could, but you still suspect you may have been infected, what are the early signs?

The bull’s eye rash

Erythema migrans, or more commonly known as the “bull’s eye rash,” occurs in 70%-80% of cases. It usually starts as a small red spot at the site of the tick bite and expands over a period of days or weeks. It can sometimes end up resembling a bull’s eye with a clear center and a red circle around it, hence the name. The rash can vary greatly in both its size and the length of time a person has it. It can be as small as a dime and as large as an entire person’s batarget_lesionck. It can range from a few days to a few weeks.

 Other early symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Body aches
  •  Fatigue

 

 

If you suspect that you may have a tick bite rash, call your doctor immediately for treatment.

Have a bull’s eye rash? To learn more about clinical research exploring early detection of Lyme disease after a tick bite and other topics, click here or call us directly at 603-319-8863.

 

Credits: SF Globe, WebMD, CDC

Authored by: Ashley Skukalek, CCRC

Medically Reviewed by Marc Shay, MD

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January 28, 2016
psoriasis clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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!

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January 19, 2016
lungs COPD clinical research trial study studies ActiveMed Portsmouth NH Beverly MA Methuen MA

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

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.

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