Understanding Gastrointestinal Diseases Gastrointestinal diseases encompass a range of conditions affecting the digestive system, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. These conditions can cause discomfort, pain, and disrupt daily life for millions of individuals. The Prevalence of Gastrointestinal Diseases According to the World Gastroenterology Organization, an estimated … Read more
What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that can make it difficult to breathe. It involves the inflammation of airways, causing them to narrow and produce excess mucus. People with asthma often experience episodes of wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. According to the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), an estimated 339 million … Read more
The discovery of HeLa cells is a story that is as fascinating as it is controversial. In 1951, a young Black woman named Henrietta Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Unbeknownst to her, her cancer cells would go on to become one of the most important tools in modern medical research. HeLa cells, as they … Read more
What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a complex neurological condition that causes cognitive decline, memory loss, and behavioral changes. It is the most common cause of dementia, a progressive loss of intellectual functioning, affecting millions of individuals worldwide. This progressive brain disorder impacts thinking, memory, and daily functioning, ultimately affecting a person’s quality of … Read more
We’re fast approaching the 2023 flu season. No one likes being laid-up and feeling the discomfort the flu brings, not to mention missing out on celebrating Thanksgiving and other seasonal events at the end of the year because you are contagious and too sick to travel. We recently sat down with Brandon J. Essink, MD, … Read more
Influenza, or the flu, remains a persistent concern as we approach the 2023-2024 flu season. Let’s refresh our knowledge on this viral illness and understand how it might impact us this year. Understanding Influenza (Flu) Influenza is caused by influenza viruses, with subtypes A, B, C, and D under its umbrella. In humans, Influenza A … Read more
What are MASH and Steatotic Liver Disease? Steatotic liver disease (formerly known as fatty liver disease) is a condition characterized by the accumulation of fat in the liver. It can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption (MetALD) or by factors unrelated to alcohol (metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease or MASLD). MASLD (formerly called nonalcoholic fatty … Read more
Clinical research offers a dynamic and fulfilling career path for individuals passionate about advancing medical knowledge and improving patient outcomes. As the demand for groundbreaking treatments and therapies continues to grow, so does the need for skilled professionals in this field. In this article, we will delve into the various roles within clinical research, shed … Read more
You may have heard of Lyme disease through headlines about celebrities like Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, and Avril Lavigne, who announced their diagnosis publicly. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can cause severe symptoms if left untreated. The disease is transmitted through the bite of infected ticks, and it’s prevalent in many parts of … Read more
How did you first hear about Velocity? I have worked with one of the doctors working on the study, Dr. Meyer, for years. He asked me if I was interested in the study, and I trust him, so I read more about it and eventually signed up. Why did you choose to participate in a … Read more
Have you or your children participated in clinical research before? No, this was mine and my children’s first time participating in clinical research. How did you first hear about Velocity? I believe I heard about Velocity over either a radio or Facebook advertisement, I believe. Why did you choose to participate in a research study? … Read more
How did you first hear about Velocity? I’ve heard radio ads for Velocity previously, but for this study, I saw a Facebook advertisement that caught my eye. Why did you choose to participate in a research study? I saw a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial advertised on Facebook. I wanted to help further the research to … Read more
How did you first hear about Velocity? I saw a notice hanging in my doctor’s office. My first experience was in a COVID-19 vaccine study. I also participated in two booster vaccine studies, as well. Why did you choose to participate in a research study? COVID-19 was a nightmare and I wanted to participate in … Read more
What led you to participate in a research study? I saw a roadside poster near the university in my neighborhood [for a vaccine study] and called Velocity. My first experience was in the Phase 3 trial for [one of the] COVID-19 vaccines. Subsequently, Velocity called me to see if I would participate in the trial … Read more
What is Influenza (Flu)? Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is caused by influenza viruses. “The flu” and “influenza” are generally used as umbrella terms for four subtypes of the influenza virus: A, B, C, and D. Influenza A and B are the most common in humans, with Influenza A generally being the most … Read more
Featuring Commentary by Brandon Essink, MD, CPI, Chief Physician Officer at Velocity Monkeypox has made headlines lately as a new outbreak is steadily growing in the United States. In this article we’ll answer common questions about the virus and the vaccine intended to prevent infection with the help of Brandon Essink, MD, CPI, Velocity’s Physician … Read more
What led you to participate in a research study? I joined the COVID-19 vaccine trial because of what it was. We needed to bring this vaccine to market right away because it was so devastating and spreading fast. I was enticed by the opportunity to participate, be part of medical history, and to get it … Read more
Clinical trials are research studies of medications, vaccines, medical devices, procedures, diagnostics (tests), and other health-related products. These studies involve participants (also known as patients, volunteers, or subjects) to determine whether certain experimental products are safer and/or more effective than currently approved products. Without clinical trials, it would be impossible to develop new medicines, cures, … Read more
What is a Principal Investigator? A principal investigator (PI) is the person responsible for overseeing a clinical trial, research grant, or other sponsored research project. In clinical trials, also known as medical studies, principal investigators generally are physicians that carry out the study plan, known as the clinical trial protocol. The principal investigator also analyzes … Read more
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