Advanced Rheumatology of Houston has a few Conroe TX rheumatology clinical research studies. Research studies are important for current and future patients with rheumatologic conditions. A research study tests a new treatment option in order to determine its effectiveness. In many cases, patients with rheumatologic illnesses do not respond to treatment.
So, research studies are paving the way toward new treatment options. The more treatment options are available, and more patients can be treated. Advanced Rheumatology of Houston is happy to participate in three research studies for serious diseases: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.
Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are known as autoimmune diseases. This classification of diseases are identified by their unique nature. In these diseases, the immune system attacks healthy tissues in the body. Normally, the immune system attacks foreign pathogens in the body. When it comes to psoriatic arthritis, it occurs in about 15 percent of patients with the skin condition psoriasis.
Advanced Rheumatology of Houston is honored to be a part of these research studies. If you are interested in the studies being conducted, then you can learn more about the research studies page. If you would like to participate, then you can see the qualifying criteria on each studies’ respective page.
Lupus Research Study (SLE-BRAVE)
The lupus research study is known as SLE-BRAVE. This study is testing an investigational drug alongside a lupus therapy. There is a portion of patients with lupus that do not respond to treatment. So, SLE-BRAVE seeks to change that. Anyone is capable of developing lupus, but women are ten times more likely than men. That said, 20 percent of lupus patients are children or teenagers. Females typically develop the disease during puberty.
Most importantly, lupus has a wide range of effects on patients. The disease commonly affects the skin, organs, and joints. Due to its wide range of effects, it also varies in severity. Severe cases are associated with organs such as the kidneys, lungs, heart, and brain. These severe cases require corticosteroids to suppress the immune system. Pain may also be reduced with this medication.
In general, diagnosis and treatment are difficult because lupus has all kinds of symptoms. As aforementioned, lupus has many effects and displays many symptoms similar to other diseases. For example, fatigue, fever, and weight loss are found in so many other illnesses. Lupus is never the first disease considered during diagnosis.
The SLE-BRAVE research study will last for 62 weeks (14 months) and feature two groups: one with the drug and another with a placebo. This double-blind study will ensure patients and the doctor do not know what version of the medication the patient has. If you have lupus, then you could qualify for the SLE-BRAVE research study. Visit its page on our website to see if you meet the criteria.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (The contRAst Program)
The contRAst Program is testing an investigational drug for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA affects millions of Americans, which makes this research study so important. The joints are the most common targets of rheumatoid arthritis. Smaller joints in the hands and feet are the most affected. However, RA can target organs too. Inflammation will occur in these areas, which leads to pain and discomfort.
Common symptoms of RA include the following:
- Joint pain, stiffness, and swelling
- Decreased movement in joints
- Joint stiffness more present in mornings
- Lack of energy
- Minor fevers
- Appetite loss
- Dry eyes or mouth
- Firm lumps on the hands and elbows
Advanced Rheumatology of Houston believes The contRAst Program can help patients suffering from RA. The illness causes a lot of discomfort and pain in patients. So, a new treatment would help current and future patients with this discomforting illness. Visit the rheumatoid arthritis research page to find additional details.
KEEPsAKE (Psoriatic Arthritis)
About 15 percent of psoriasis patients develop psoriatic arthritis. In some cases, arthritis appears before the skin disease. The skin disease is identifiable by the red or white scaly patches of skin. People between the age of 30 and 50 are most affected. Psoriatic Arthritis often targets the hands, feet, knees, elbows, and neck. These areas are the most common places, but it can affect any joint in the body.
There is no cure for psoriatic arthritis, so treatment focuses on the symptoms. Pain and discomfort are common symptoms. Unfortunately, 40 percent of patients do not respond to treatment. The KEEPsAKE study is paving the way toward a new medication for psoriatic arthritis patients. The study will have two groups of people. Both groups have 420 participants, but they will only last for 24 weeks.
Once the 24 weeks is over, the groups will be combined. The estimated length of this entire study is four years and five months. Patients with psoriatic arthritis may qualify for the KEEPsAKE study. If you are interested, then visit the psoriatic arthritis research study page on our website. Patients may also see the criteria that they need to meet on the website.
Advanced Rheumatology of Houston
Advanced Rheumatology of Houston is dedicated to helping patients with rheumatologic conditions. Often times, these illnesses cause immense pain, inflammation, swelling, and more. The team at Advanced Rheumatology of Houston wants to help patients overcome these obstacles in a number of ways.
Firstly, Dr. Brionez can diagnose and treat patients with these conditions. She has more than ten years of experience in the field of rheumatology, which makes her the perfect doctor for the job. Secondly, we are participating in the aforementioned research studies, so patients in the Greater Houston area can find some hope for their diseases.
Conroe TX Rheumatology Clinical Research
Advanced Rheumatology of Houston wants to hear from patients with the aforementioned conditions. You may qualify to participate in research studies, which could help you and millions of others. Find out more information on our Houston location page or give us a call at (281) 766-7886.
There is no longer a reason to let your illness ruin your life. Participate in a research study in order to find the best treatment option for you. Plus, you would be helping out all kinds of other people. So, quit searching for Conroe TX rheumatology clinical research studies and start calling today!
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