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Meet Root – Your New Text Virtual Assistant!

Introducing your new text virtual assistant for our clinical studies. Meet Root! Root can answer your questions, schedule appointments, and tell your study team when you need help! We look forward to supporting you on your study journey.

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Signs and Symptoms

Disrupts daily life. Memory loss. Confusion. Alzheimer’s Disease causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. It is important to keep in mind that Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning that it will worsen over time and that it is not a “normal” part of aging. Every individual may experience different signs or …

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Why Am I Losing Weight?

Losing weight is great… but not when it’s unintentional. I am 45 years old, a former smoker, and have recently been diagnosed with COPD. Maintaining an ideal and healthy weight was never a concern of mine. I’ve always been content with the way I look. But one day, not too long ago, I noticed my …

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Smoking, the Aftermath

Smoking is highly addictive, nicotine, after all, is absorbed by the bloodstream within 10 seconds of entering the body. Even though the United States has seen a decrease in cigarette smoking during the past decade, an estimate of 36.5 million adults are considered current smokers. Smoking can be attributed to at least 16 million Americans …

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I accept it, I am addicted to cigarettes. I am constantly thinking about my next cigarette and the feeling I get every time I take a puff. Sometimes I even dream about it. Sure, I’ve been smoking for the past couple of years. What once was one cigarette every other party, turned into a couple …


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Avoid Common COPD Triggers

Living with COPD means living mindfully. Categorized by a group of progressive lung diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) makes it hard for sufferers to breathe. Symptoms can also include coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. Certain triggers lead to flare-ups for those with COPD, which basically causes symptoms to worsen. Knowing what your triggers are …

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