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Machelle Stephens

How COVID-19 Changed the World

There isn't one person in the entire world that has not been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. This worldwide pandemic has turned our lives upside-down, side-ways, and back again in just half a year. It has shaken us to our very core, and some things have changed, possibly, forever. Things like our workforce, education system, and even the clinical research industry may never be the same. Keep reading to learn more.

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Benefits of a FibroScan

Did you know 30-40% of the US population is living with a fatty liver right now, but have no idea? A fatty liver could quickly lead to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis of the liver, or even liver cancer. The scary part is people rarely have symptoms until the damage is irreversible. So, how can you detect a fatty liver before it's too late? In the past, the only way to know was an invasive procedure known as a liver biopsy. However, now there is a quick and easy ultrasound-like procedure using a machine known as a FibroScan.

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What Will a Vaccine Really do for COVID-19?

Is it just us, or is just about everything on the news these days about COVID-19, or more specifically, a vaccine for preventing COVID-19? With all of this coverage, it may get you thinking, "what will a vaccine REALLY do for this world-wide pandemic?" Look no further as we discuss not only what a vaccine will do, but also how this could look in the future, and how far away we are from actually getting there.

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PPD: Let's start a conversation

Breaking the Stigma of Postpartum Depression

Becoming a mom can be one of the most significant times in a woman's life, but it is also one of the most stressful, especially during COVID-19. Your body is going through some extreme changes, your hormones are all over the place, and let's face it, you're exhausted. After all, you spent ten months creating a tiny human just to push it out and be sleep deprived for about the next 18 years. Being a new mom is hard! So, why don't we talk about it? It's time to break the stigma and start a conversation about postpartum depression.

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The Importance of Brain Health

Alzheimer's and other dementias are a growing public health issue, with over 50 million people currently diagnosed. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, and it serves as an opportunity to learn more about brain health, increase research opportunities, and early interventions.  

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Women & Clinical Trials

Ladies, it’s time to represent! We all know gender-bias is a thing, especially in healthcare, but we’re making strides to change that. This week, May 10-16, is National Women’s Health Week (NWHW), and we want to take the time to talk about the importance of women’s participation in clinical trials.

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The Importance of Diversity in Clinical Trials

Although most events and celebrations are cancelled due to COVID-19, April is still National Minority Health Month. According to the NIH, “National Minority Health Month is an effort to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations.”[1] In honor of this awareness month, we will be discussing the importance of diversity in clinical trials, especially for minority groups.

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Flu Season is Coming!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks, you’ve heard all the commotion around coronavirus. With epidemics like this happening more and more often, the researchers of other viral infections need to be on top of their game! Flu season is already upon us with the peak just right around the corner. Some sources even stated that the US might be “gearing up for one of the worst flu seasons in years.”[1]

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