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IBD During COVID-19

Living with IBD During COVID-19

COVID-19 has left our world battered and confused on so many levels. Nothing seems to be as easy as before, even down to going to the grocery store. For IBD patients, it’s even more challenging. From decisions on how to navigate their daily life to the anxiety and depression directly correlated with COVID-19, living with IBD during this worldwide pandemic may seem next to impossible, but we’re here with you! Keep reading for more on what it’s like living with Irritable Bowel Disease during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Liver Disease Blog

Frightening Facts on Liver Disease

October is full of frightening things like ghosts and goblins and presidential debates, oh my! But, one thing even more terrifying than all of that… LIVER CANCER! October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re here to discuss some pretty scary facts on liver disease, what can lead up to liver cancer, and what you can do about it before it’s too late.

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Managing Mental Health During COVID-19

Mental illness is a significant issue here in the US. Research shows that just under 20% of adults experience some form of mental illness in an average year.[1] Now with almost a year of the coronavirus under our belt, the rates continue to rise. According to a poll conducted in mid-July, 53% of Americans reported their mental health had been negatively affected by the virus. Many expressed “difficulty sleeping or eating, increases in alcohol consumption or substance use, and worsening chronic conditions, due to worry and stress over the coronavirus.[2]

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The Top Five Parkinson's Myths

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease can be scary, but it’s not the end! PD is a neurological disorder that degenerates mostly dopamine-producing parts of the brain, causing symptoms such as tremor, rigid limbs, and gait or balance issues. While this is a serious condition, most people can still have an excellent quality of life with a Parkinson’s diagnosis. However, there is a lot of misinformation of there, and we’re here to set the record straight. Keep reading to learn the top five Parkinson’s myths!

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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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