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Migraine Treatment Options

If you suffer from migraines, you might be experiencing severe, life-disrupting pain. Fortunately, doctors now offer a variety of treatment options for migraines and are continuously developing new medications for these headaches. Keep reading to learn about three common treatment options for migraine headaches.

Pain Relief Medications

Pain relief medications are common migraine treatment. While people who suffer from mild migraines can find relief in over-the-counter medications, those with moderate to severe migraines typically need a prescription medication. These can include dihydroergotamines or triptans. Patients who cannot take other prescription pain relievers might also be prescribed opioid medication, though doctors will closely monitor this as the medication is highly addictive.

Preventative Medications

If your migraines do not respond well to pain relief medication your doctor might recommend a preventative medication. These might be prescribed to lessen the severity of your migraines or to reduce the number of migraines you have. Blood-pressure medications (including beta-blockers), antidepressants, seizure medications, and even Botox injections have been used as preventative measures for migraines.

Participating in a Clinical Trial

Scientists are constantly researching migraine headaches and developing new treatments for the condition. If you suffer from migraines, participating in a clinical trial will allow you to try new medical treatments while also supporting scientists in their quest to develop new medications. You will receive cutting-edge care at no cost to you. Click here for more information on our migraine trials or call us at 832-447-1076 to see if you’re eligible.

If you suffer from migraines, you might be experiencing severe, life-disrupting pain. Fortunately, doctors now offer a variety of treatment options for migraines and are continuously developing new medications for these headaches. Keep reading to learn about three common treatment options for migraine headaches.

Pain Relief Medications

Pain relief medications are common migraine treatment. While people who suffer from mild migraines can find relief in over-the-counter medications, those with moderate to severe migraines typically need a prescription medication. These can include dihydroergotamines or triptans. Patients who cannot take other prescription pain relievers might also be prescribed opioid medication, though doctors will closely monitor this as the medication is highly addictive.

Preventative Medications

If your migraines do not respond well to pain relief medication your doctor might recommend a preventative medication. These might be prescribed to lessen the severity of your migraines or to reduce the number of migraines you have. Blood-pressure medications (including beta-blockers), antidepressants, seizure medications, and even Botox injections have been used as preventative measures for migraines.

Participating in a Clinical Trial

Scientists are constantly researching migraine headaches and developing new treatments for the condition. If you suffer from migraines, participating in a clinical trial will allow you to try new medical treatments while also supporting scientists in their quest to develop new medications. You will receive cutting-edge care at no cost to you. Click here for more information on our migraine trials or call us at 832-447-1076 to see if you’re eligible.

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Understanding Childhood Asthma

People of all ages experience asthma, but children with this condition will face a specific set of challenges. If your child suffers from asthma, it’s important to understand the symptoms of an asthma attack and to have a plan in place for these times. Keep reading to learn more about this condition so you can be prepared for your child.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that affects a person’s airways. In an asthma patient, airways can often become inflamed or swollen, resulting in breathing difficulties. It’s estimated that more than 3 million Americans deal with asthma.

Asthma Symptoms

Asthma symptoms vary from patient to patient and can also range in severity. The most common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, chest pain or tightness, breathing difficulties, and chest pressure. Asthma patients might also have delayed recovery times when they have a cold or other respiratory infection. Asthma can also have environmental and/or lifestyle triggers, so it is important to monitor the timing of asthma attacks to determine your child’s triggers.

How Asthma is Different in Childhood

Both adults and children can have asthma, but symptoms will vary depending on a person’s age. While adults tend to have mild, persistent symptoms, children often have acute asthma attacks that can be very severe. Children with asthma are more likely to have asthma-related emergencies than adult sufferers. A range of treatment options is available for both children and adults, with new clinical trials frequently testing the effectiveness of groundbreaking treatments.

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Risk Factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. In some patients, the inflammation spreads to (and damages) other non-joint organs like the heart, lungs, blood vessels, skin, and eyes. RA is caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the body’s tissues.

So far, researchers have not been able to tell exactly what causes the immune system to misbehave in this way. Some genetic factors increase the likelihood of RA, but they don’t actually cause the disease. Conversely, studies have shown that the following groups of people are more vulnerable to rheumatoid arthritis than others:

  1. Women are likelier to have RA than men. While it can affect people of all ages, it mostly starts in middle age. Middle-aged women are more susceptible than any other group.
  2. The condition is genetic, so if someone in your family has RA, you may have an increased risk.
  3. If you are genetically predisposed to have RA, cigarette smoking increases your risk. Studies also show that smoking increases the severity of the disease.
  4.  Overweight people, especially women 55 years and younger, appear to be at a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis than people of average weight.
  5. Environmental factors, like exposure to asbestos or silica, increases the risk of autoimmune disorders like RA.

While there is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis yet, there are medications geared towards reducing patients’ pain, as well as minimizing joint damage and improving physical function.

If you’re suffering from RA, you can take part in clinical trials and gain access to promising drugs that are still in the developmental phase. For more information, visit DM Clinical or call 281-517-0550.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Adult Vaccinations

It is common knowledge that babies need to be vaccinated to protect them from certain diseases. Most people, however, do not know that middle-aged and seniors also need vaccines. Some diseases that plague adults do not have cures, and vaccines provide an easy way to avoid getting infected. Here are some frequently asked questions about vaccines for adults:

  1. Why do adults need vaccinations?

  2. Vaccinations teach the immune system how to fight certain diseases. Without them, adults are subject to extended illness, disability, and sometimes, death. Rather than suffer pain or spend a lot of money on treatments, vaccines offer a cheap/painless solution.

  3. Which vaccinations do adults need the most?

  4. Vaccines protect against conditions like shingles, influenza, pneumococcal diseases, HPV, hepatitis A & B, and many others. There are different vaccines for different diseases, and most people only need 1 or 2 vaccines to stay healthy.

  5. Do adult vaccines have side effects?

  6. Vaccines are some of the safest medications out there. Some people complain of negligible side effects like a low-grade fever. However, this is nothing compared to the serious diseases that the vaccines protect against.

  7. How frequently do adults need to be vaccinated?

Frequency varies with the vaccine. For example, the vaccines for pneumococcal diseases and MMR only need to be administered once while influenza shots are needed yearly.

Some conditions affect millions of adults yet have no vaccines e.g. C. Diff. Currently, clinical trials are in progress to test new medication that protects people 60 years and older against C. Diff.

To take part in this study, visit DM Clinical or call 281-517-0550 for inquiries.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Clinical Trials

Before deciding to partake in a clinical trial, it is normal to have some questions about the process and what to expect. To help prospective participants understand how clinical trials work, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.

  1. What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?
  2. Clinical trials are a very important part of the drug discovery and development process. By taking part, you help improve the health of millions of people in the future. You also benefit by gaining access to highly promising drugs that are not yet available to the public.

  3. Is it safe?
  4. The risks are similar to those present in every day medical care. There may be some discomfort, but they are mostly minor and they stop after the medication is stopped. Also, before you sign up, you will be given a detailed list of possible complications. If serious problems may arise, you will find out before making your decision.

  5. Can a healthy person be part of a clinical trial?
  6. Clinical trials often need healthy volunteers i.e. people that are not suffering from the condition the drug was created to treat. So if you are interested in contributing to the advancement of medicine, you don’t have to be sick to do so.

  7. Will I be paid for being part of a trial?
  8. The compensation varies from trial to trial. Talk to the organizers or the research team to learn more about payments.

  9. Can I drop out of the trial?

You will be asked to sign a ‘consent to participate’ form at the start. However, you are allowed to drop out of a trial completely at any point. You may also choose not to partake in certain treatments or tests without dropping out of the trial.

If you are interested in learning more about clinical trials or taking part in one, visit DM Clinical Research. Call 281-517-0550 for further inquiries.

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5 Ways to Slow Down the Progression of COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) describes a group of respiratory conditions. These conditions affect over 16 million Americans (CDC), and the most common of them are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is progressive, so it gets worse over time, eventually leading to death.

If you have been diagnosed with COPD, here are a couple of ways to slow down its progression and improve your quality of life:

  1. Stop Smoking: Smoking is the dominant cause of COPD, and over 85% of patients are either heavy smokers or people that smoked heavily in the past. Once you stop smoking, the symptoms of the disease are alleviated and the body becomes more receptive to treatment.
  2. Avoid Irritants: Secondhand smoke, air pollutants, and dust irritate the lungs and worsen the symptoms of COPD. Avoid anything that will bother your lungs or compromise your breathing.
  3. Exercise More: Shortness of breath is a major symptom of COPD. By exercising regularly, you strengthen the lung muscles, making breathing and daily tasks easier. Start with stretching and light walking before moving up to more intense cardiovascular exercises.
  4. Eat Better: A healthy diet boosts the immune system, reducing the severity of COPD symptoms and improving general wellbeing. Eat larger quantities of complex carbohydrates and fiber.
  5. Partake in a Clinical Trial: Pharmaceutical companies are constantly working on new medications to reduce the symptoms of COPD. This provides an opportunity for patients to access promising drugs even before they enter the market.

COPD patients interested in taking part in a clinical trial should visit the DM Clinical website, you may qualify for an ongoing study. For any inquiries, call 281-517-0550.

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Treatment Options for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammation of the joint and it affects people who suffer from psoriasis, the skin condition. Typically, patients develop skin lesions first and after some years, they get diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. The condition causes discomfort and debilitating pain, and sadly, it has no known cure. However, there are some treatment options to control the symptoms and forestall extensive damage to the joints.

Immunosuppressants

Psoriatic arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking healthy tissue and cells in the body. Immunosuppressants help keep the immune system under control, attacking the problem from the source. This, however, is not a cure,  it just alleviates the symptoms. Side effects of immunosuppressants include increased vulnerability to infections.

NSAIDs

NSAIDs are anti-inflammatory drugs. They help alleviate the pain brought on by PA and reduce the inflammation. Common side effects are stomach ulcers, heart problems, and liver and kidney problems.

TNF-alpha inhibitors

The body produces TNF-alpha, an inflammatory substance, naturally. By inhibiting its production, the symptoms are suppressed. Possible side effects of this treatment include increased risk of infections, nausea, diarrhea, and hair loss.

DMARDs

Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) have proven effective at slowing the progression of PA and preventing permanent damage in the joints and the tissues. These also have side effects including severe lung infections, liver damage, and bone marrow suppression.

Clinical trials

All the medications above only offer temporary fixes, and they all come with major downsides. Pharmaceutical companies are working hard to provide a safer and more effective treatment for psoriatic arthritis. People who suffer from the condition can partake in their clinical studies for free.

If you have psoriatic arthritis and bDMARDs have not been effective in slowing down the disease, reach out to DM Clinical Research. You may be eligible to take part in a new clinical trial. Call 281-517-0550 now for any inquiries.

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Are There Any Promising Treatments for Diabetes?

Diabetes, a condition characterized by elevated blood sugar levels due to a lack of insulin in the body, cannot be cured. Everyone struggling with the condition knows this. However, over 84 million American adults have pre-diabetes and over 30M are suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes (CDC, 2017). This means there is a constant search for a cure, or at least, a treatment plan to alleviate the symptoms. With ongoing research and clinical trials, the expectation is that sometime soon, a permanent cure will be found. In the meantime, however, here are some treatment ideas that have proven effective in managing diabetes:

Lifestyle Changes

Making little changes to what you eat, how well you sleep, and how regularly you exercise surprisingly helps in controlling diabetes. Some type 2 diabetes patients have seen their blood sugar returned to near-normal levels due to these changes. Other helpful practices include checking your blood sugar level frequently, taking your medications regularly, and avoiding stress-inducing activities.

Natural Therapy

Natural therapy practices like progressive muscle relaxation, deep abdominal breathing, biofeedback, and guided imagery are good stress relievers. Since emotional stress elevates blood sugar levels, combining these therapies with lifestyle changes is a good diabetes management plan.

Please note that natural supplements do not CURE diabetes. In fact, some of them react badly when used with diabetes medication. Conversely, some supplements help alleviate symptoms of diabetes, but it’s important to consult with your doctor before you start taking them.

Clinical Trials

A number of pharmaceutical companies are developing medicines with the potential to cure diabetes or reduce the symptoms significantly. These companies organize clinical trials and invite patients to partake for free. Some trials are already showing marked promise and in a number of years, there is a chance that diabetes would no longer be incurable.

If you are looking to participate in a clinical trial for type 2 diabetes, visit DM Clinical Research. Call 281-517-0550 now for any inquiries.

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Clinical Trials for Migraines

Migraines are like headaches, but worse. People suffering from the condition often complain of a throbbing and debilitating pain, nausea, and extreme sensitivity to sounds and light. Not a very pleasant way to live. In the US alone, over 38 million people suffer from migraines.

The importance of migraine clinical trials

For a medical condition that affects one billion people worldwide, it is a bit surprising that there is still no outright cure for migraines. You can treat the headaches and make lifestyle changes that help you avoid the triggers, but for now, migraines can’t be cured. However, there are hundreds of clinical trials with the aim of creating a lasting cure. If you are living with migraines, here are some reasons why you should join a clinical trial:

  • Migraines are the 6th most debilitating illness in the world and migraine attacks often last from 4 to 72 hours at a stretch. Over 4 million people have chronic migraines, i.e., 15 days or more of constant pain.
  • By joining a clinical trial, you get access to medications that are not yet available to the public (and won’t be available to the public for years).
  • 90% of migraine patients have a family history of the illness. The condition was likely passed down to you, and chances are high that you will pass it down to an offspring. Finding a cure will help them avoid needless pain.

If you are suffering from migraines and are interested in contributing to the development of a cure, visit DM Clinical to partake in migraine clinical trials at zero cost to you. For any inquiries, call 281-517-0550 immediately.

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Quick Facts About Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is the inflammation of the colon (the large intestine). A long-term condition, ulcerative colitis is quite chronic, and in extreme cases, it leads to ulcers (and bleeding) in the lining of the large intestine. Learn more about ulcerative colitis below:

  • Up to 700,000 people in the United States suffer from ulcerative colitis, and there is no known cure for the condition.
  • Early warning signs are diarrhea (with streaks of blood and mucus), abdominal pain, anemia, weight loss, and so on. Symptoms are more pronounced in the morning and may cease for months even without treatment. However, they always return.
  • The causes of ulcerative colitis remain unclear, but contributing factors include genetics (20% of patients have a family history of the disease or of Crohn’s disease) and lifestyle choices (diet, poor hygiene, cigarette smoking, etc.).
  • The disease may also be caused by an autoimmune reaction to a nonexistent infection or a continued response to an infection that has already been eliminated.
  • While ulcerative colitis can affect people of any age, teenagers and young adults between 15 and 30 years old are at a higher risk.
  • As mentioned above, ulcerative colitis cannot be treated completely. However, it can be managed with medications and lifestyle changes.

There are a couple of clinical trials looking to develop a permanent cure for ulcerative colitis. If you’re suffering from the condition, participating in a trial allows you to enjoy top-quality care. You also gain free access to new medications that are not yet available to the general public.

To enroll, please visit DM Clinical. For any inquiries, please call 281-517-0550.

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