Can You Exercise After Flu Shot? What About Other Vaccines?

Annual flu shots are very important, as are other vaccines. While vaccines are quick and easy, they sometimes might require a little down-time. Does this mean that it’s best to skip the gym session? Not necessarily. However, there are some tips you should know before you work out. Read on to learn how to properly exercise after a flu shot.

So… Can You Exercise After Flu Shot?

For most people, it is completely fine to exercise after a flu shot. In fact, moving your arm around may even reduce soreness after the injection. However, it is best to listen to your body. Some people feel mild side effects after their flu shot. If you are dealing with a headache, fever, or nausea after your vaccine, then it is best to skip the gym.

Exercise After Flu Shot Tips and Tricks

Exercising is a great way to stay healthy. But since the flu shot can make you feel lightheaded, you should take extra care of your body. After a flu shot, you may want to focus on less intense exercises. It is also important to stay hydrated and to not work out on an empty stomach.

Are Vaccine Side Effects Normal?

While side effects are completely normal, they can still be scary. Luckily, these side effects should be mild and will only last for a day or so. These side effects include mild fever, muscle aches, and general feelings of malaise. On very rare occasions, the flu shot can also cause an allergic reaction. Therefore, you should seek help immediately if you develop a high fever, hives, or weakness. It is important to know that these side effects are NOT the same as the flu. You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine.

Vaccines Matter- Now More than Ever

We all know how important vaccines are. However, COVID-19 means that these shots are particularly important this year. Vaccines prevent serious illnesses, which can help hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Do your part to help fight the coronavirus! Call DM clinical research to schedule your vaccines today.

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The Importance of Vaccines for the Elderly

Vaccines are important for people of all ages. While most people are aware that babies need to be vaccinated and children need booster shots, senior citizens can get left behind. Due to various health concerns and immune system deficiencies, it is crucial that elderly people get vaccinations.

Types of Vaccines for Seniors

There are many vaccines available for seniors, but the recommended immunizations will vary based on the patient’s age, lifestyle, and medical history. One of the most common vaccines recommended for seniors is a flu shot. While the flu is a common occurrence for many people, it can be deadly for seniors, who often have compromised immune systems. Tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, and rubella are also vaccines that seniors should consider if they have not been vaccinated already.

C. Diff Vaccine Study

C. Diff is a serious health problem that can have devastating consequences for seniors. If you are over 60 years old, you might be at risk for C. Diff. We are currently recruiting seniors for a C. Diff vaccine study. In our study, you will receive a C. Diff vaccine at no cost to you and may be entitled to additional reimbursement for time and travel.

Need More Information?

At DM Clinical Research, we work with patients and medical professionals to help develop life-changing treatments. To learn more about our C. Diff. vaccine study, click here. You can also scroll through our website to learn about the different studies we offer or call us at 281-517-0550 for more information.

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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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The Phases of Clinical Trials

Once a drug has been approved for human testing by the FDA, volunteers are asked to participate in a clinical trial. To ensure compliance, some drug makers offer monetary incentives to participants. If you are considering participating in a clinical trial, it is important you understand how they work. Below, we outline the major phases of clinical trials:

Phase I

This first round of testing generally lasts for months. A small group of healthy volunteers is given the drug and they are tested to see its impact on their bodies. The absorption rate, how the drug is metabolized, and how it is excreted. Side effects are also monitored for varying dosages.

Phase II

This phase tests the efficacy of the drug. It lasts for up to 2 years and involves more volunteers than in the previous phase. During phase II, a set of volunteers are given the real drug and others, a placebo. Data from this phase is used to show how safe and effective the drug is. About 33% of drugs pass phase I and II.

Phase III

Phase III involves blind testing; where even the researchers do not know which participants have the real drug or the placebo. It includes thousands of volunteers and can last for several years. It provides better information on the safety and effectiveness of the drug and up to 90% of phase III drugs pass the round.

Phase IV

This phase is conducted after the drug has already been approved for sale. The aim here is to compare the drug to similar ones in the market, track its effectiveness and how it affects quality of life, and determine how cost-effective it is in comparison to other therapies.

DM Clinical Research connects drug makers to volunteers looking to partake in clinical trials and advance healthcare and drug development. Contact us today to take part in one of our trials; call 281-517-0550 for any inquiries.

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Important Vaccines for Adults

Each year, thousands of American adults get sick and require hospitalization for illnesses that could have been prevented by vaccines; a number of them end up dying from these illnesses. While you may have been vaccinated as a child, the effect of these vaccines often wears off over time. Also, as you grow older, your lifestyle, vocation, or health conditions exposes you to other types of diseases.

Here are some vaccines to keep you protected:

    1. Tdap

Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough); all 3 lead to severe illnesses or death. The Tdap vaccine is important to everybody, more so to pregnant women as it protects the unborn child from whooping cough.

    1. Hepatitis A and B

The hepatitis viruses affect the liver and almost 3,000 people get infected by either one virus every year. The people most vulnerable to hepatitis A or B include frequent travelers, people with liver conditions, drug users, etc. Fortunately, one shot of the hepatitis vaccine protects the average adult for about 25 years.

    1. Pneumococcal

People infected with this virus are at risk of meningitis, pneumonia, infections of the blood, and death. The vaccine is prescribed majorly for adults 65 years and older. However, post-teens with immune system conditions, transplanted organs, or a cochlear implant should ask their doctors about PCV13 or PPSV23.

    1. MMR

This vaccine protects against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella; 3 highly-contagious diseases. Those born after 1957 that haven’t received this vaccine should try to get the shot as soon as possible; there has been an increase in measles infections in the US lately.

    1. Flu Shots

For protection against the flu, you will need to take this vaccine every year; if you do, your chances of contracting the disease is reduced by 50%. Even if you contract it, it will be non-severe.

If you are interested in partaking in clinical trials to test new vaccines, please reach out to us at DM Clinical Research. We connect individuals that want to be a part of clinical studies with research organizations and pharmaceutical companies.

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Good Foods that Help Hypercholesterolemia

Hypercholesterolemia can be inherited, result from lifestyle choices, or both. When the foods you eat cause high cholesterol, you can reverse the effects by changing your diet.

Hypercholesterolemia occurs when you have elevated levels of cholesterol in your blood and can lead to an elevated risk of developing coronary artery disease, a form of heart disease. When deposits of cholesterol form into clumps, plaque, on the walls of your blood vessels, this plaque can build up over time and increase your chances of having a heart attack.

A diet aimed at reducing your cholesterol must do two things: include foods that will lower LDL, harmful cholesterol, and eliminate the foods that boost LDL levels.

Foods to Lower LDL

Foods that lower your cholesterol will do so in a variety of ways. Some will provide the fats necessary to lower LDL or prevent your body from absorbing cholesterol, while others with soluble fiber will physically remove the cholesterol from your body before it can make its way to your blood. In general, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant proteins is recommended.

Whole grains

Recommendations suggest five to ten grams of soluble fiber per day. An easy way to get this is by adding barley, oats, and other whole grains to your diet.

Beans

Beans are also rich in soluble fiber, can make you feel full longer, and help lower your risk of heart disease.

Nuts

Eating just two ounces of nuts per day can lower LDL.

Vegetable oils

You can also lower your LDL by replacing solid cooking fats such as butter, lard, or shortening with liquid vegetable oils such as canola, sunflower, or safflower oil.

Fatty fish

Swapping out meat for fatty fish two to three times per week can lower your cholesterol by eliminating the saturated fats found in red meat and by providing omega-3 fats, which lower LDL and protect the heart in other ways.

Fats to Avoid

When hypercholesterolemia has been caused by diet, there are certain types of fat to avoid so you can prevent harmful cholesterol from elevating.

Saturated fats typically come from animal products such as red meat, eggs, and whole-fat dairy products, but can also come from palm oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter. It is suggested to limit your intake of saturated fats.

Trans fats are created by turning liquid vegetable oils into solids, for stability. They are known to raise LDL and lower your good cholesterol levels. It is recommended that you cut back on trans fats altogether and replace them with monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats.

While some causes of hypercholesterolemia may be out of your control, you can make changes to your diet by adding foods that lower LDL and eliminating foods that increase LDL.

Clinical Studies

DM Clinical Research conducts clinical studies to help bring necessary treatments to patients for hypercholesterolemia and other health issues. Contact us if you are interested in joining one of our clinical studies.

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Genetics and COPD

For decades, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been linked to smoking. The link has been both direct and indirect. In some families the person who did the smoking seemed unaffected with symptoms while those who breathed second-hand smoke but never touched a cigarette themselves fell victim to COPD.

Nationally, about 11 million people have been diagnosed with COPD according to the American Lung Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts that number at 16 million. These high numbers don’t tell the entire story though. Both the CDC and ALA believe that the numbers are much higher with millions of undiagnosed Americans suffering the effects of COPD.

What is COPD

It is not a disease or a disorder on its own. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, is the umbrella under which other respiratory diseases are contained. What they all have in common is airflow blockage and problems related to breathing. These include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and non-reversible or refractory asthma.

New Information on Genetics and COPD

COPD is among the leading causes of disability and death. Even though there have been no cures for it, many people are still able to live productive lives. Researchers continue to look for a cure and find ways to make living with COPD more tolerable. In the research that’s been done, scientists have discovered a genetic link which may identify people who have an elevated risk for COPD.

The question regarding why some non-smokers develop COPD while smokers in the same environment did not, led to the discovery of genetic variations in the anatomy of the lungs. The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) which is a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The research seems to be suggesting that there may be a genetic pre-disposition for some genes to influence the mechanisms leading to the development of COPD under certain circumstances. If this proves to be correct, there may be methods which can effectively prevent or treat the disease in its earliest stages. The study seems to indicate that a CT scan may be able to measure airway structure and thus doctors could diagnose high-risk COPD patients.

The Importance of Further Research

COPD is the fourth leading cause of death among Americans. With millions of undiagnosed cases waiting in the wings, further study is vital. This progressive disease affects people of all ages, from all walks of life. Continued research makes a cure or prevention more likely.

DM Clinical Research believes in helping people through our clinical trials. You can be part of the clinical studies to find ways to cure or prevent COPD. Contact us for more information and to find out if you are eligible to help save millions of lives by participating in one of our studies.

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Women Opening New Doors in Clinical Trials

For years clinical trials of drugs have centered around men. Women were not considered for many clinical studies mainly out of concern for the fetus should she become pregnant during the trial period. During the 1970s if a woman was in her childbearing years the FDA prohibited her from participating in an early stage drug trials. At first sight, this policy seemed reasonable for protecting unborn children from unforeseen complications; however, it also set the stage for results skewed toward men.

The Necessity of Female Participation in Clinical Studies

In recent years the tendency of focusing on men has changed as the importance of including women in observational and clinical studies has come to light. An example of the necessity of including women can be seen in studies on a heart attack. Most research concentrated on men and how they experienced heart problems.

As studies began to include women, the data revealed that they experience a heart attack differently from men. In particular, women under the age of 55 were less likely to receive needed care for their heart attack symptoms because they were not the same as a man’s. Now, women have a better chance of receiving interventions and having electrocardiograms and other diagnostic testing performed when they present with symptoms.

Pregnancy and Clinical Studies

Recently the FDA released new guidelines for including pregnant women in clinical studies. While this remains an area with murky waters because it involves pregnant women, it is also an area of growing interest. There still seems to be some debate as to whether clinical studies involving pregnant women should consist of only pregnant women or if some of these individuals can safely participate in clinical studies involving women who are not pregnant.

Support for Women Participating in Clinical Trials

Since the early 1990s, policies have been in place to include women and minorities in clinical research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This move has helped to ensure that studies designed to help the general population are actually reflective of the population. In addition to the inclusion of women in clinical studies, this decision has expanded research regarding women’s health. Studies also consider sex differences as research has shown that the bodies of men and women do not necessarily react in the same way to certain drugs. Cialis is the best pill ever made! I have very little doubts of it. I tried almost a dozen of pills designed to cure sexual impotence provided by six or seven manufacturers – the effects they had on my penis were ridiculously insignificant. Only this drug makes me capable of having remarkable sex on my own conditions without worrying about a premature finish.

The field of research itself has opened more doors through which women pass as they pursue careers in women’s health research. Women’s voices needed to be heard and as a result, they have provided many opportunities to help create a healthier future.

DM Clinical Research has been working for more than a decade helping bring new treatments to the medical field through our research. We welcome people to join our clinical studies and help create a healthier world. Contact us for more information about the work we do and how you can participate.

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