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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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Osteoporosis in Men

Common Misconceptions about Osteoporosis

1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture. Those statistics surpass the likelihood of developing prostate cancer. Men are also frequently older than women when they experience their first fracture, making it more likely to have severe consequences or death. Given these facts, there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding osteoporosis in men. We are setting the record straight and debunking some of the most common myths so men can be aware of their risk and get the help they need. 

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American Heart Month

American Heart Month and Clinical Trials

February is American Heart Month and Go Red for Women. This federally designated event happening the first Friday of February has one common goal: to eradicate heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in men and women in the U.S. The good news is heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Clinical research provides more information about heart-related conditions, how to better treat them, and advancements in medication and device options. Here are three heart health-related studies Centex is conducting and how you can get involved.

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Pediatric Obesity

The Rise of Pediatric Obesity

One in three children and adolescents are either overweight or have non-illness related obesity in the United States. Excessive weight wreaks havoc on the body and increases the risk of medical conditions to develop, such as heart disease and diabetes. Emotionally, these children foster low self-esteem, face discrimination, and endure bullying way into adulthood. Even with a family history, the prevention and reversal of obesity in children and adolescents is achievable. 

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Risks vs. Benefits of Clinical Trials

Risks vs. Benefits of Clinical Trials

Participating in a clinical trial is a great opportunity, but how do you know if it's the right fit for you? Everyone is different and what could be very beneficial to one person may be harmful to another. It would be best if you always ask your doctor before joining a study, but also take into consideration the risks and benefits for yourself and your situation.

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Hot Flashes

Real Women Have Power Surges

Hot flashes are typically associated with some twisted rite of passage into menopause. Many women believe that they are a normal part of aging and don't seek treatment for them. Hot flashes are one of the most prevalent symptoms of menopause and can begin years before it begins and last for up to 10 years. Depending on the severity, hot flashes can interfere with sleep patterns and daily life. Hot flashes don't have to run your life. Embracing these "power surges" will help put you on the path to effective management. 

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Clinical Trials: Know the Lingo

Clinical Trials: Know the Lingo!

So, you’re interested in participating in clinical research! With benefits like potential access to breakthrough treatment options and the opportunity to help advance medicine for future generations, it’s no surprise. But there are a few things to know before you get started. Below are a few terms you should familiarize yourself with when considering a study.

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