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November 17, 2021 BlogClinical Trials0

The Hawthorne Effect is an interesting phenomenon where people alter their behavior due to the awareness of being observed. This effect was first discovered in the 1950s outside of Chicago. The experiment was done on factory workers, and it found that workers had a positive response to the extra attention given by managers who cared about them.

This same phenomenon has been noticed in clinical trials as well. “When you’re doing a clinical trial, and you’re involved with something that is being observed, your patients tend to do better regardless of how they are being medically treated.” Dr. Michael Koren, CEO of ENCORE Research Group, says. For example, if a patient is in a clinical trial for weight management, they may be more likely to lose weight if they must keep a log of everything they eat and present it to their study coordinator. 

So what does that mean for you? It means that you have the chance to improve your health just by participating in a clinical trial, even if you happen to be on a placebo. Studies have shown that patients in clinical studies are more adamant and knowledgeable about their health in the first place. It is safe to say your health will likely improve no matter what study you participate in! To see what studies are available right now, visit our enrolling studies page!


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Chronic pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas that does not heal but worsens over time. When you have chronic pancreatitis, your digestive enzymes begin to digest the pancreas itself. The pancreas is a small gland behind the stomach that secretes digestive juices into the small intestine. Eventually, chronic pancreatitis can damage a person’s digestive system and ability to make pancreatic hormones.

Some common causes of chronic pancreatitis are, but not limited to:

  • Alcoholism
  • Family history
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • A blocked pancreatic duct
  • A genetic mutation such as mutations of the cystic fibrosis

Chronic pancreatitis, if unmanaged, can lead to:

  • Diabetes- Chronic pancreatitis causes damage to the insulin-producing cells resulting in diabetes, a chronic condition where there is an abnormally high level of sugar in the blood.
  • Pancreatic Cancer- If you have chronic pancreatitis, you are at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer by two to three
  • Malnutrition- Chronic pancreatitis can cause your pancreas to produce fewer enzymes that are needed to break down and process nutrients from your Overtime, this may lead to malnutrition and significant weight loss.

Although there are many complications that may arise if you are living with chronic pancreatitis, the disease is treatable if caught in time. For chronic pancreatitis the treatments can be a hospital visit to treat dehydration, pain medication and a lifestyle change to a low-fat diet.

According to the type of pancreatitis that you have, other surgeries may be required.

One of the worst symptoms of pancreatitis is the severe abdominal pain. Currently, the only remedy for this is pain medication. In order to better understand and treat this pain more research needs to be done. The goal is to improve the quality of life and the risk of complications when living with pancreatitis.

Sources: MedlinePlus, Pancreatic Cancer Action, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Pancreatitis foundation



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