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NO SLEEP FOR YOU!

Sleep is essential for the body to repair and restore itself. In fact, sleep is so important that humans spend approximately 30% of their lives sleeping. However, since the beginning of recorded time and undoubtedly before that, some people have struggled to sleep. Fortunately, over the last 50 years our understanding of how to improve and correct the body’s sleep systems has advanced tremendously. This res...

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5.7 Million Adults in the US Have Heart Failure

The heart is vital (literally), so it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape! The rest of the body depends on the heart to deliver blood and oxygen to all its cells and organs. If the heart becomes damaged, it can lead to what is known as heart failure. Keeping your heart healthy not only involves proper diet and exercise, but also involves making sure conditions that can cause ...

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Lori Alexander Testifies In Front of FDA Advisory Committee on Behalf of FCS Patients!

Familial Chylomicronemia Syndrome (FCS) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by the build-up of chylomicrons, which are rich in triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood.  The human body naturally produces an enzyme to eliminate the chylomicrons called lipoprotein lipase (LPL). However, people with FCS either do not have the LPL enzyme or it does not function properly.  Due to the buildup of chylom...

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I Didn’t Qualify, What’s Next?

At ENCORE Research Group it is our mission to help every patient that walks through our doors qualify for the clinical trial of their choice. Often times we get to experience the thrill of telling our patients that they successfully qualified and will soon enroll in the study. However, this is not always the case and we understand our patients’ frustration when they decide to commit to a trial only to lat...

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The Campaign to End PAD

Peripheral arterial disease, commonly known as PAD, affects approximately 10 million people in the United States and about 150 million people worldwide. According the National Institute of Health, 1 in 20 Americans over age 50 has PAD. In simple terms, the disease is a circulatory problem in which blood flow to the limbs is reduced. The leading cause is atherosclerosis (...

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What is NASH? A Silent Liver Disease...

The liver is the second largest organ in the body.  Its function is to process everything we eat or drink and filter out any harmful substances from the blood.  When there is too much fat in one’s liver, the filtration process is interrupted and can become a health problem.It is estimated that 25% of the world has Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFL...

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Lipid Center of Excellence

ENCORE, now a nationally recognized research group, proudly announces the launching of the ENCORE Lipid Center of Excellence.  ENCORE stands for ENcouraging COmmunity Research and Education.  Our new Lipid Center extends our previous successes in this important area of public health.  Lipid problems account for a huge number of heart attacks, strokes and other vascular disease p...

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Rogue Immune Cells, An Autoimmune Story

When patients are diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder they often have many questions. How did this happen? What is happening inside me? What treatments are available? Autoimmune diseases can be extremely complex and are the subject of much current research. The immune system’s purpose is to identify and destroy threats to the body such as viruses, bacteria or parasites. However, when a person has an autoi...

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Why Our Volunteers Love Clinical Trials

Why do our volunteers want to participate in clinical trials?  Volunteers are often motivated by a combination of several reasons. Here are 6 of the top reasons to participate. 1.        The potential of finding relief from their symptoms<...

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A Short History of Diabetes

As I was perusing an ancient text I came across an excerpt on the disease known as diabetes.  The earliest mention of the disease I could find was by a Greek physician called Aretaeus in the first century AD.  Aretaeus identified diabetes and named it after its symptoms of thirst and sweet urine.  When I researched the period I was astounded to find the diagnosing physicians were called “wate...

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Dropping the Hammer on Cholesterol

Heart disease currently accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States.[1] However due to new research breakthroughs there are now treatments available that may finally give us the means to fight back against heart dise...

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An Apple A Day Does Not Keep The Doctor Away

Growing up, we’ve all heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” and in most cases, an apple is a great fruit to eat!  However, if you have Crohn’s Disease that might not always be the case.&nbs...

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What Defines Medical Excellence?

The practice of medicine has changed in major ways in recent years. Though many of these changes reflect good intentions, the real world consequences to patients often don’t match expectations. To understand this divide between reasonable intentions and the less salubrious reality from which we may collectively suffer, I’d like to share a recent anecdote that occurred at the airport when regulations r...

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Guinea Pigs vs. Research Heroes

Let’s not dance around the issue: for many years now, news sources like CBS, CNN, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker have called research volunteers guinea pigs.  You've probably said it yourself. I'm here today to tell you why we need to call research volunteers by another name: Heroes.The term “guinea pig” is condescending to both volunteers and ...

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My First Time: Confessions of a Research Virgin

Recently, I had my first experience as a clinical research volunteer. Going in, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it was better than I thought! I have Multiple Sclerosis. I also have asthma, arthritis, hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, and migraines. I live with chronic pain, I've had multiple surgeries, and the list goes on. With all these illnesses and...

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Alzheimer’s disease, Horizons and Hope

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that was first described in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer.  Since that time, Alzheimer’s disease has become the most common cause of dementia (accounting for 60-80% of cases).  It is estimated that in 2016, 5.4 million American’s of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease.  One in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s...

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Dementia Related to Over-the-counter Medications

Memory issues occur commonly and when they begin, one may worry about the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.  While Alzheimer’s may cause memory loss, memory loss is also a symptom of many reversible conditions. Early memory testing is crucial to determine the cause of memory loss to help reverse it before it becomes permanent.  Read More

Migraines...Information Overload?

Incredibly, migraines are the third most prevalent disease, and the sixth most disabling disease in the world. In the US alone, 18% of women, 6 % of men, and 10 % of children experience migraines. It comes as no surprise that 1 in 4 US households include a migraine sufferer.Why are migraines a big deal? Unlike normal episodic headaches, migraines are a chronic disease ...

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3 Ways to Survive the Diabetic Tsunami

The word “tsunami” describes a huge wave caused by an underground disturbance.  Diabetes falls under that definition in our view.   According to a study in Diabetes and Endocrinology, two out of five American adults may develop Type II Diabetes in their lifetime.  About 95% of US diabetics are Type II. Type II diabetes occurs due to a condition of insulin resistance. Insulin, a hor...

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Metformin: A Common Diabetic Drug That Increases Longevity

Many doctors prescribe metformin to diabetic patients. Doctors trust the drug, particularly since the landmark United Kingdom Prospective Study that showed that overweight Type 2 diabetics on metformin lived longer and suffered fewer heart attacks than those with the same blood glucose levels achieved using insulin. The history of metformin provides a good example of how an unusual herb can become a powerful trea...

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I can’t take my statin, what now?

If you have high cholesterol you may dread going to your doctor, especially if they are going to complete a cholesterol blood test. You know they prescribed a statin, but the muscle cramping you experience after taking it just isn’t worth it. How do you tell your doctor that the medication they prescribed just isn’t working for you? You are not alone, and there are options available for you. Read More

Here Is Why You Should Be Concerned About Deadly Diarrhea and C. Diff!

Ask anyone who has had a Clostridium difficile (C. difficile, or C. diff) infection and they will probably tell you that it was one of the worst experiences of their life. Imagine the worst flu you’ve ever had but on steroids! C. diff is affectionately referred to as “deadly diarrhea” and with symptoms such as watery diarrhea 10 to 15 times a day that’s no joke! It can also come with a mul...

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600,000 American Newborns at Risk Annually?

Changes in mood are very common after childbirth. In fact, many new moms experience what is often called the baby blues, which can include mood swings, crying episodes, difficulty sleeping and anxiety. Baby blues usually only lasts up to a few weeks.  However, feeling intensely depressed, overwhelmed, or anxious, could be something called postpartum depression, or PPD.  Read More

Great News about Hot Flashes!

Hot flashes and night sweats, medically known as vasomotor symptoms (VMS), are the most commonly reported menopausal symptom. A hot flash is “characterized by a sudden increase of blood flow, often to the face, neck, and chest, that causes the sensation of extreme heat and profuse sweating.” 1 Hot flashes are currently being studied around the world to better understand them. The great news for women ...

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