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Changing our DNA with CRISPR

Changing our DNA with CRISPR

Using the CRISPR technique to alter DNA, it may be possible to treat Down syndrome, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, etc.

Fibromyalgia Investigational Therapies include Electrical Stimulation and Hot Water Immersion

Fibromyalgia Investigational Therapies include Electrical Stimulation and Hot Water Immersion

This difficult to diagnose disease includes symptoms like cognitive difficulties, widespread pain, and fatigue.

Are You at Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease?

Are You at Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease?

Up to seventy percent of people with chronic kidney disease experience enough pain that their quality of life is affected.

Investigational Drugs bring hope to those suffering from Psoriasis

Investigational Drugs bring hope to those suffering from Psoriasis

Psoriasis is not contagious, and more than half of people with psoriasis have a family history of the disease.

Falling Asleep for Science

Falling Asleep for Science

Keeping detailed records contributed to the scientific study aiming to help people with sleep disorders.

Clinical Trials evaluate the effects of Cannabis, Herbal Medicine, and Keto Diet on Anxiety

Clinical Trials evaluate the effects of Cannabis, Herbal Medicine, and Keto Diet on Anxiety

Anxiety, which includes nervousness, sweating, chills, and insomnia, is the most common mental health disorder.

Advancements in Chronic Pain Management

Advancements in Chronic Pain Management

One in 5 outpatients complains of some form of chronic pain that makes day-to-day activities difficult.

Major Depression can leave you Feeling Helpless and Hopeless

Major Depression can leave you Feeling Helpless and Hopeless

While depression is a short-term temporary reaction, major depression is pervasive and can last for weeks.

New Therapies provide Hope for Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

New Therapies provide Hope for Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

Although there is still no cure for RA, new treatments are aimed at managing pain and preventing joint damage.

Clinical Trial made an "Unbelievable Difference" to Lawrence's Knee Arthritis

Clinical Trial made an "Unbelievable Difference" to Lawrence's Knee Arthritis

With the help of a clinical trial, Lawrence was able to regain functionality and delay knee surgery for two years.

Chest Pain? It could be Refractory Angina

Chest Pain? It could be Refractory Angina

You are more at risk for refractory angina if you are obese, smoke, have high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Cannabis and its Medicinal Uses

Cannabis and its Medicinal Uses

Many countries recognize the value of using cannabis in treating certain conditions and have legalized its medicinal use.

How Depression can Affect Your Life

How Depression can Affect Your Life

Depression can reach into every corner of your life, affecting your relationships, your work, and even threatening your life.

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease occurs when vessels supplying blood to the heart are blocked by a buildup of fats.

Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Development: A Shot in The Arm

Rapid COVID-19 Vaccine Development: A Shot in The Arm

The amazing speed at which the COVID-19 vaccine was created is an inspiration for future clinical trials and drug development.

How Can We Solve the Problem of Low Recruitment in Clinical Trials?

How Can We Solve the Problem of Low Recruitment in Clinical Trials?

Many clinical trials are hampered by low enrolment and some are abandoned due to lack of participants.

Why Are Clinical Trials So Important?

Why Are Clinical Trials So Important?

Healthy volunteers are advancing science and truly enabling people with diseases to be cured in many cases.

Surviving and Thriving after Rhabdomyoscarcoma

Surviving and Thriving after Rhabdomyoscarcoma

Ellie was given a 20% chance of surviving, but has lived to develop a passion for medicine and is now studying to become a pediatric oncologist.

Mesothelioma – a Monster of a Disease

Mesothelioma – a Monster of a Disease

Vicki turned to Integrative Medicine in the hopes it would help her live to see her grandsons grow.

Checkmate: a Life-or-Death Chess Match with Melanoma

Checkmate: a Life-or-Death Chess Match with Melanoma

Patrick learned that when it comes to melanoma, diligence, and doing your homework is imperative.

A Rare Recovery from "Incurable" Brain Cancer

A Rare Recovery from "Incurable" Brain Cancer

A clinical trial was able to prevent Susan's tumor from recurring, giving her precious time with her family.

Crohn's Disease Couldn't keep Holly from Winning at her Sport

Crohn's Disease Couldn't keep Holly from Winning at her Sport

Holly refused to be kept from her passion for playing soccer, even after her diagnosis of Crohn's disease.

CAR-T Therapy Stops the Rollercoaster of Treatment, Remission, and Relapse

CAR-T Therapy Stops the Rollercoaster of Treatment, Remission, and Relapse

Shelby was only 13 when diagnosed with advanced B-cell blood cancer but CAR-T immunotherapy has given her her life back.

Improved Treatment for Steven's Pancreatic Cancer

Improved Treatment for Steven's Pancreatic Cancer

“FOLFIRINOX put me into remission,” Steven said. “The PARP inhibitor kept me there.”

Ethan's Participation in a Clinical Trial results in a Treatment for DMD

Ethan's Participation in a Clinical Trial results in a Treatment for DMD

EXONDYS51 is the first drug approved specifically for treating DMD, and Ethan was instrumental in its development.

A Dark Diagnosis Leads to a Re-evaluated Life

A Dark Diagnosis Leads to a Re-evaluated Life

As Sharon had to deal with the physical and emotional demands of cancer, she took the opportunity to re-evaluate her life and to become more true to herself.

This 'Tiny Dancer' gives Hope to those with Neuroblastoma

This 'Tiny Dancer' gives Hope to those with Neuroblastoma

After surviving chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow transplant, a clinical trial is helping Lily-Mae stay cancer-free.

Participating as a Healthy Volunteer is Empowering

Participating as a Healthy Volunteer is Empowering

Jennifer feels being able to contribute to finding a vaccine for COVID-19 is an empowering experience. "This is an amazing opportunity for me to do something."

Melanoma Warrior Won't Give Up

Melanoma Warrior Won't Give Up

Eric's battle with melanoma included 7 clinical trials, 8 surgeries, and more infusions than he can count. And it's not over yet.

If People do not Participate in Clinical Trials, there will be no Cure

If People do not Participate in Clinical Trials, there will be no Cure

After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Jean became an outspoken advocate for clinical trials.

Laughing at My Nightmare: Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Laughing at My Nightmare: Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Shane and Hannah live their lives to the fullest, helping others with disabilities, and sharing their joy and humor.

Without a Hepatitis C Clinical Trial I'd be Financially Ruined

Without a Hepatitis C Clinical Trial I'd be Financially Ruined

I was shocked, I panicked. How could I possibly have hepatitis C?

Clinical Trial for Arthritis Pain Brings Massive Relief

Clinical Trial for Arthritis Pain Brings Massive Relief

A new investigational drug brought huge relief to Victoria who suffered from arthritis in her knee.

Lily’s First (and Greatest) Battle: A Clinical Trial Triumph

Lily’s First (and Greatest) Battle: A Clinical Trial Triumph

Not yet 2 years old, Lily battled liver cancer but was able to overcome it thanks to a timely clinical trial.

An Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Amidst the Pandemic

An Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Amidst the Pandemic

Marc keeps a positive spirit as he begins his immunotherapy clinical trial for non-hodgkin's lymphoma.

A Tumultuous Journey Finally Results in Success

A Tumultuous Journey Finally Results in Success

After going through chemo and surgeries, a clinical trial was instrumental in Shari's recovery from ovarian cancer.

A Clinical Trial Thwarts a Deadly Breast Cancer

A Clinical Trial Thwarts a Deadly Breast Cancer

After chemotherapy failed, Laura Holmes Haddad took her chances with a clinical trial. It was worth it.

After Giving Up, a Clinical Trial Saved Laura's Life

After Giving Up, a Clinical Trial Saved Laura's Life

Battling multiple cancers led Laura to give up treatment, but her father found a clinical trial that gave her new hope.

Gerri Speer: A Triple-negative Breast Cancer Survivor

Gerri Speer: A Triple-negative Breast Cancer Survivor

Gerri believes that for aggressive breast cancer, patients should consider clinical trials instead of endless chemotherapy. 

Deb Volunteers for Multiple Clinical Trials

Deb Volunteers for Multiple Clinical Trials

Deb has participated as a healthy volunteer in three clinical trials and remains positive about her experience.

A Living Miracle Who Survived Stage 4 Melanoma

A Living Miracle Who Survived Stage 4 Melanoma

Karen survived stage 4 melanoma with the support of her nurses and doctor, and the documentation of her husband.

Steve Fulkert's Recovery from Large B-cell Lymphoma

Steve Fulkert's Recovery from Large B-cell Lymphoma

Steve Fulkert, a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patient, is now living a cancer-free life after a successful clinical trial.

Ria’s Battle Against Ulcerative Colitis

Ria’s Battle Against Ulcerative Colitis

Ria’s health problems started when she was 15. She developed severe diarrhea with frequent digestive problems.

LAPD Officer Chang’s COVID-19 Clinical Trial Success Story

LAPD Officer Chang’s COVID-19 Clinical Trial Success Story

Officer Chang's immune system had already weakened so much that the doctors put him on a ventilator.

Ralph's Recovery from Prostate Cancer

Ralph's Recovery from Prostate Cancer

The CheckMate 650 immunotherapy clinical trial helped Ralph Stuart recover from prostate cancer when there were no other options left.

Treatment Beyond the Standard of Care

Treatment Beyond the Standard of Care

Sisi went through multiple standard chemotherapy treatments, but her residual tumors didn't disappear, and her chemotherapist told her that extra chemo wouldn't help her.

CAR-T Clinical Trial Saved Me

CAR-T Clinical Trial Saved Me

For days Bobby had felt difficulty and pain while swallowing food. Bobby's doctor diagnosed him with a tumor on his tongue that was a type of advanced B-cell blood cancer.

Hope for a Painless Future

Hope for a Painless Future

It was a nightmare for me when I was told that I have a disease to manage for the rest of my life.

Clinical Trial a Life-saving Decision

Clinical Trial a Life-saving Decision

When Sharon finally went to her doctor, they found that she had developed cirrhosis with many tumors throughout her liver.

New Hope with a Clinical Trial

New Hope with a Clinical Trial

In January 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. It's odd but, that day broke my heart.

Defeating Melanoma with a Clinical Trial

Defeating Melanoma with a Clinical Trial

Jamie was diagnosed with stage 2 melanoma that was treated successfully. However, the very next year stage 3 melanoma was also diagnosed.

Successful Battle with Oral Cancer

Successful Battle with Oral Cancer

John was stage 3 when diagnosed with oral cancer at the base of his tongue, one of the most debilitating and deadly cancers.

Diabetes Clinical Trial gave me a Fearless Life

Diabetes Clinical Trial gave me a Fearless Life

I woke up one day to a sharp chest pain and a feeling of pins and needles in my left hand. Paramedics rushed me to the hospital. They thought it was a heart attack.

They Saved My Life

They Saved My Life

After recovering from aggressive brain cancer, Jill considers it to be "a miracle." Doctors call her an "exceptional responder."

I'm Now Seizure-Free

I'm Now Seizure-Free

His dreams were almost shattered when Chris was diagnosed with a rare type of epilepsy that meant he would experience multiple types of seizures even when under medication.

A Leap of Faith Results in Success

A Leap of Faith Results in Success

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most dangerous cancers with very low survival and cure rate. This is an aggressive cancer that does not respond well to standard treatment protocol.

Jason Cherish: the Courage to Fight

Jason Cherish: the Courage to Fight

It takes a lot of courage to fight chronic illness and people like Jason are a true inspiration. It is not easy to fight cancer in your twenties but Jason did.

Clinical Trials are Cutting-Edge Therapy

Clinical Trials are Cutting-Edge Therapy

Jamie was happily married and taking care of her 3-months old baby. Four years ago, she had been diagnosed with Stage 2 and Stage 3 melanoma, but they had been removed successfully.

DJ's Clinical Trial Success

DJ's Clinical Trial Success

DJ always seemed to have skin infections, and he got sick easily. Doctors in his native India originally believed his skin infections were a type of allergy. But medication wasn’t helping.

Joining a Clinical Trial can be Very Positive

Joining a Clinical Trial can be Very Positive

In March 2012, I noticed some blood in my pee. My doctor did some tests including cystoscopy. I thought it might turn out to be just an infection. But I was wrong.

Clinical Trials Changed Vanessa Life

Clinical Trials Changed Vanessa Life

Vanessa Johnson-Brandon feels and looks great today. She is thriving, enjoying her life with family and friends. Only a few months back things were totally different.

A Skin Infection is Brought Under Control

A Skin Infection is Brought Under Control

Zuhaib, aged 28, is from Islamabad and lives with his wife Ayeza and 2-year-old son. This is Zuhaib's story of being diagnosed with a rare skin disease and joining a clinical trial.

I Get to Live the Rest of My Life

I Get to Live the Rest of My Life

Rachael was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor Giant Cell Tumour (GCT) of the Clivus. It was interfering with her temporal lobe and brain stem.

I Got a Second Chance

I Got a Second Chance

Larry Thomason started having frequent episodes of nausea and speech trouble. A feeling of dread haunted him because nearly 2 years ago, he had a melanoma that was surgically removed.

A Journey Towards Clinical Trial

A Journey Towards Clinical Trial

It was March 2014 when I first felt pain and difficulty with swallowing food. After a week, I start vomiting I decided to go to the doctor the next day to check it out.

A Clinical Trial Saved My Life

A Clinical Trial Saved My Life

Barely seven months after she was blessed with her set of twins, Ann was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare type of Stage 4 Cancer of the breast.