A Helpful Tool For People Searching For Clinical Research Trials



Sometimes the search for a good doctor can be quite nerve wracking even under the best of circumstances, but the emotional burden becomes even greater when searching for doctors who are participating in clinical trials.

Trial Reach and CureClick know this; so they developed a tool which makes the search for clinical research trials a bit easier.

Last July CureClick and Trial Reach asked if I would like to help out with this task; since I'm a CureClick Ambassador I was happy to help.

At this very moment you can use the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool that I embedded in the sidebar of Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM).

The clinical trials search tool is absolutely amazing! The tool is designed so that users can search for any clinical trial for any condition. Then the tool provides relevant results based on the user answering a few questions. Now you can search for clinical trials that best fit your needs.

Although I receive a small one time payment for installing the Trial Reach Clinical Trials Search Tool on Living Fit, Healthy and Happy(SM), the potential benefit to all of you is what inspired me to install it on this website. So, please take the time to use it. And tell all of your family and friends about it, too!

To learn more about my relationship with CureClick and why I'm talking about clinical trials, please click on this link.


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Brief Overview of Lupus Erythematosus

Brief Overview of Lupus Erythematosus

Brief Overview of Lupus Erythematosus
By Mubeen Scind

The immune system of humans can sometimes behave in an abnormal manner. It may react in an inappropriate manner even against the normal elements in the body which may be necessary for our body. The immune system can become very sensitive and start killing the cells and tissues which are normal and healthy. Such a behavior of the immune system gives rise to autoimmune diseases. The autoimmune diseases arising from the sensitive behavior of the immune system are collectively called Lupus erythematosus.

An example of an autoimmune disease is Autoimmune thyroiditis. This is a condition where the thyroid glands and its related hormones are mistakenly interpreted as dangerous for the body by the immune system. It then releases antibodies to kill the cells of the thyroid gland. This can lead to conditions like Hypothyroidism. Another example of an autoimmune disease is the Graves' disease. It again attacks the thyroid region which can lead to hyperthyroidism. There are lots of such autoimmune diseases which come under the category called Lupus erythematosus.

There are 4 types of Lupus erythematosus which include systemic, discoid, drug-induced and neonatal lupus erythematosus.

Of all the 4 types, the systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is considered to be the most complicated type. SLE can affect any body part. But the most common ones that get affected are the lungs, heart, the kidneys and importantly the nervous system. SLE can lead to tissue inflammation and damage in the affected body part. It is known to affect women more than men. It is also known to affect non-European people more than the European ones.

Discoid lupus erythematosus or DLE mainly affects your skin. It causes inflammatory sores on your skin. It can cause scars on your face and ears. Sometimes, it can affect other regions as well. DLE is further categorized into localized DLE, generalized DLE and childhood DLE.

Drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DILE) results from over-usage of certain kinds of drugs. These are the drugs which impact the immune system. They alter the normal behavior of the immune system. Some of the common drugs that can induce DILE include procainamide, hydralazine and isoniazid. DILE can also affect any part of your body just like SLE. If you stop using the drugs that cause DILE, then there are chances for the symptoms to be reduced.

Neonatal lupus erythematosus (NLE) occurs in infants if the mother suffers from SLE. It can lead to rashes typical of DLE or sometimes can lead to something serious like blockage of the heart.

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Why is Lupus a Concern For Women and What Are the Causes and Symptoms

Why is Lupus a Concern For Women and What Are the Causes and
By James S. Pendergraft

Lupus is a common disease found in women, though it does not
fail to attack men at times. It is mainly caused due to the
development of undesirable antibodies inside the body. Unlike
other diseases, the autoimmune system of the body induces lupus
in human body, leading to inflammation of various body tissues.

Which Body Parts are targeted?

The development of antibodies can take place in any part of the
body. Hence, lupus can target any body part from lungs, kidneys
and heart to skin, nervous system and various body joints.

Who are Probable Victims?

It has been estimated that 90% of the patients suffering from
lupus are women. Women in the age group of 18-45 are more likely
to be victimized by lupus. The women from regions like Native
America, Latin America and of African American origin are at
higher risks of obtaining this disease.

Why is Lupus of Concern among Women?

Lupus is a disease that can further lead to a number of serious
problems. For instance, women suffering from lupus become more
prone to heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes,
joint and muscle pains. Furthermore, lupus in women can also
lead to weakening of bones and emergence of diseases like
osteoporosis. So fatigue and pains are obviously most prominent
problems induced in lupus patients.

How is Lupus Caused?

1-As mentioned in the beginning, immune system of human body is
mainly responsible for introduction of lupus in human body. The
unfavorable antibodies developed in the body can attack various
tissues of the body, thereby leading them to have inflammations.

2-The second-most common cause of lupus is hormone change,
especially during the period of pregnancy and during childbirth.

3-Another reason for occurrence of lupus is exposure to extreme
environmental conditions like sunlight.

4-Stress is also one of the pertinent causes of the disease.

5-This disorder is often caused due to intake of certain
medications, which can advance the development of bas

6-Lastly, some types of viruses can also cause lupus in women.

Common Symptoms of Lupus

Lupus occurs in a number of variations, including systemic
lupus erythematosus, discoid lupus, neonatal lupus and subacute
cutaneous lupus erythematosus. The most common symptoms of all
these variations are:

1-Pain and swelling in the body joints.

2-Appearance of skin rashes, which include rashes in the shape
of butterfly over nose and cheeks and sores on neck and chest.

3-Pain in the chest, especially during heavy breathing.

4-Inflammation in body organs like heart, lungs and internal

5-Fatigue and anemia.

6-Hair loss.

7-Sensitivity to sunlight.

8-Loss of memory, lack of agility and presence of mind and

9-Abnormalities related to the nervous system, kidneys and

Blood tests, x-rays and other recommended laboratory tests are
often used to diagnose lupus. The correct diagnosis and
subsequent treatment from a medical expert can easily solve your
problem. It is highly recommended that you consult your doctor
on the appearance of early signs and symptoms of this disease to
get the best treatment.

To Your Health!

About the Author: Dr. James S.
Pendergraft opened the Orlando Women's Center in March 1996 to
provide a full range of health care for women.


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