Month: July 2015

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Low Sex Drive: What’s Really Causing it?

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Lack of sexual desire is a common condition. It can happen when we are tired or when we have a bad day. But you should ask yourself: how often does your lack of desire stop you from enjoying sex with your partner?  Frequent aversion towards sexual intercourse could also be a medical condition called Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD).

According to recent surveys, nearly 50% of women between 30-50 years old have experienced a persistently low urge for sex, but only 14% were aware of the existence of HSDD as a condition. Several studies have identified HSDD as the most common form of female sexual dysfunction.

Symptoms of low sexual desire include:

  • Lack of sexual thoughts
  • Lack of sexual desire (Which cannot be attributed to any medication side-effects or other physical and psychiatric conditions)
  • Distress caused by lack of sexual desire
  • Strain on a relationship due to lack of sexual desire

If you have one or all of the symptoms mentioned above, you might have HSDD. This should not scare you or worry you since it is a common condition. According to several survey results 46% of all women experience low sexual desire.

You should not feel alone. You have several options to overcome this issue. Visiting a doctor can be helpful since the doctor can advise you and can prose a specialized treatment. You could also discuss it with your partner, who can help you find a solution to your problem.


Do you suffer from HSDD? See if you qualify for Lincoln’s clinical study on HSDD today!



Could Your Job Be the Reason You Are Depressed?

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Photo courtesy of: by David Castillo Dominici


Can a job be the cause of depression? According to several studies, workers in certain jobs are at an elevated risk for depression.

Here is a list of full-time jobs whose workers are more likely to report feeling depressed:

  1. Nurses and child-care workers

These jobs require taking care of people who are unable to take care of themselves. It means you might have to deal with ill people or children who are difficult to manage. These factors could make your job particularly difficult and therefore cause depression.

  1. Food service staff

The low pay, anxiety and exhaustion of food service can all harm a person’s mental well-being.

  1. Social workers

Dealing with traumatic issues on a daily basis, such as domestic violence and family crises, is a demanding job and can be stressful.

  1. Healthcare workers (doctors, nurses, therapists, etc.)

Healthcare workers devote a great amount of time to their jobs, often at the expense of their personal lives. They have irregular working hours and are responsible for others’ health, which can trigger depressive symptoms.

  1. Artists, entertainers & writers

Artistic and entertainment professionals must deal with irregular incomes and uncertain hours; moreover, they usually work in an isolated environment. Researchers have also shown that creative people are more likely to have mood disorders.

  1. Teachers

Teachers frequently have to take work home. They have to support the students, advise them and have many responsibilities. These stressors can all lead to a depression diagnosis.

  1. Administrative support staff

These workers have to deal with the high expectations of their bosses, even if they often lack the time to manage their tasks. They have directive roles, but are not high in the company hierarchy. This combination of heavy responsibilities and stressful tasks can negatively affect your mental health.


Do you suffer from depression? See if you qualify for Lincoln Research’s clinical study on Depression today!


Depression: What is the right amount of sleep?

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Photo Courtesy of: FrameAngel

According to researchers, depression has a very close connection with sleep. Change in your sleeping habits is a very common trigger of depression. The lack of sleep can worsen depression, or it can also occur before depression.

What are the ways depression affects sleep?

Depression commonly causes:

  • Difficulty in falling asleep
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Difficulty in staying asleep
  • Waking up early in the morning
  • Oversleeping
  • Sleeping during the day (frequent napping)
  • Bad quality of sleep
  • Feeling tired when you wake up

What are the effects of sleep on depression?

According to several different studies:

  • People with insomnia have a greater chance of developing depression
  • Many types of sleep related disorders, for example, obstructive sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome, can lead to depression
  • Chronic lack of sleep caused by a physical illness is one reason why older people have higher rates of depression
  • Children with depression who experience a lack of sleep are more likely to have longer and more severe episodes of depression

Tips for a better night’s sleep:

  • Exercise: Regularly exercising can help set your biologic clock back to a normal sleep cycle
  • Avoid napping: That way you will be able to have a good undisturbed night’s sleep
  • Get up if you can’t sleep: It is better to not to spend time in bed trying to fall asleep when you really can’t. Instead, choose to do something relaxing which can help to lead you back to sleep
  • Turn off the T.V.: Most late night shows tend to be very stimulating and do not promote a good night’s sleep
  • Practice good sleep hygiene: Using your bedroom only for sleep can help. Don’t sleep on different spots around the house, such as your sofa, and try to avoid distractions in your room, such as a computer or cell phone

Do you or someone you care about suffer from depression? See if you qualify for Lincoln Research’s clinical study on depression today!


Myths & Facts about Clinical Trials

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Photo courtesy of: Naypong

Debunking the common myths about clinical trials:

  1. Myth: Volunteers are the guinea pigs of the trial.

Fact: Every trial has a permission for the trial (consent). The volunteers are provided with all the information needed for them to understand the purpose, required activities, possible risks and benefits as well as the purpose of the trial.

  1. Myth: Some of the volunteers are rejected from the process. The process of choosing volunteers is unfair.

Fact: Clinical trials have certain requirements and rules (sex, age, health conditions) that must be met for someone to participate in a trial. Therefore patients who do not match the requirements that the research requires cannot qualify for the trial.

  1. Myth: The trial includes painful and unpleasant parts.

Fact: Each trial has different activities and treatments. The doctors always make sure to fully inform you about any unpleasant parts of the process. Therefore you are very prepared and informed about all the steps of the trial.  Moreover all trials are IRB approved. The IRB checks to see that the benefits and risks are carefully weighed and that the trial is reviewed for unnecessary harm/discomfort before it starts.

  1. Myth: Volunteer is not helped by a clinical trial.

Fact: Taking place in a clinical trial might improve your medical condition. Furthermore, you might also get more tests and run lab work which could most possibly help you to learn more about your condition, as well as receive a drug that would not otherwise be available to you.

  1. Myth: My personal doctor will inform me in case there is a clinical trial that could help me.

Fact: Your doctor may not know about all available clinical trials. The National Institute of Health has an online database that you can search to find appropriate trials: Unfortunately, using that database requires quite a bit of skill (more than many medical practitioners have), so it’s worth making contact with a patient advocacy group. Many of them have tailored services that can help you with your search.

If you are interested in learning more about the facts of clinical trials, speak with us today to learn more!


Is There a Link Between Your Heart Rate and Your Libido?

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Your heart might have a lot more to do with your libido that you think!

According to a new study, there is a connection between a woman’s sexual health and her heart, for example, the time lapses between heartbeats.

For the study, researchers assessed the ability of a woman to become sexually aroused, as well as her overall sexual function and resting HRV (Heart Rate Variability). The sample for this research was 72 women, ages 18 to 39.

The researchers found that women with a lower than normal HRV were significantly more likely to have difficulties in becoming aroused and have sexual dysfunction than those with above average HRV. The conclusion of this research was that low HRV may be a risk factor for low libido in women.

It might sound strange that your heartbeat can be closely related to your libido and sexual activity, but according to this research, your ability to feel aroused can be reliant on your heartbeats. The sexual activity of females is heavily dependent on the interplay between two branches of the autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that you don’t consciously control. For example, your breathing and heartbeat.

Low HRV is also linked to several other psychological conditions that are associated with an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system, such as depression and anxiety, which can also explain how it can be impacting the libido as well.

To see if you qualify for Lincoln Research’s clinical study for HSDD click here!



Does Depression Affect Your Body?

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Although we all feel anxious or sad sometimes, it is a normal part of daily life. Clinical depression is something totally different. Depression can impair with your ability to function. It does not only affect the way you feel, but it can also cause changes throughout your body.

What Parts of Your Body Can Depression Affect?

Central Nervous System (CNS):

Depression might be the cause of several symptoms, many of which we might consistently ignore.

Such symptoms are:

  • Overwhelming Sadness
  • Grief
  • Sense of Guilt
  • Feeling Tired
  • Anger and Irritability
  • Feeling of emptiness and hopelessness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty in decision making

Digestive System:

Depression can affect your appetite. Eating problems can lead to:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Stomach-aches
  • Cramps
  • Constipation

Sometimes those symptoms cannot be improved by medications.

Cardiovascular and Immune Systems:

Depression can be closely related with stress. Under stress conditions, stress hormones speed heart rate and makes blood vessels tighten, which sets your body on an emergency state. Eventually this might lead to heart disease.

Check if you qualify for Lincoln Research’s clinical research study on Depression by clicking here.


Cyberbullying Puts Kids at Greater Risk of Depression, Studies Find

Children and adolescents are surfing the web earlier than ever before. But could exposure to online bullying put our kids at greater risk for mental illness?blog

According to a recent study review from the University of Alberta in Canada, being bullied online significantly raises the likelihood that a child or adolescent will develop clinical depression.

Cyberbullying was also connected to an increased risk for anxiety disorders, though the association was stronger for depression.

“The evolution of social media has created an online world that has benefits and potential harms to children and adolescents. Cyberbullying has emerged as a primary concern in terms of safety,” the study’s authors said.

The researchers found that 95 percent of U.S. teenagers use the internet, with 85 percent connected to social media. The median percentage of children and adolescents who experienced cyberbullying was 23 percent. Relationship problems, particularly for girls, were the most common cause of bullying online.

Do you or someone you care know suffer from clinical depression? See if you qualify for Lincoln Research’s clinical study on depression today.


Don’t let HSDD affect your relationship.

If decreased sexual desire is affecting your connection, it’s time to take the next step to reconnect!

Decreased sexual desire is a real medical condition known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). It affects up to 12% of women, over 8 million in the US. Although several drugs have been evaluated; no treatments are currently marketed specifically for HSDD. It may be uncomfortable to discuss with others, but HSDD deserves attention. The Reconnect Study could lead to a new treatment that would be taken “as needed” for this condition.

Why Participate?

  • You will receive all study-related medical care at no cost.
  • You will be seen by a study doctor who understands decreased sexual desire.
  • You may be reimbursed for time and travel.

You may qualify if you:

  • Have experienced a decrease in your sexual desire over time
  • Feel distressed about your decreased sexual desire
  • Have been in a committed relationship for at least six months
  • Have not yet gone through menopause

Contact us to see if you qualify!


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