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Where Acne Occurs And What It Means

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 by Aventiv Research

where acne is and what it meansHave you ever wondered why your chin repeatedly breaks out? Are you curious as to why your acne is so prevalent in your T-zone? Read on to learn what causes acne and why it tends to occur on specific areas of the face and body.

Why Do People Get Acne?

Your pores contain oil glands. These glands produce sebum, an oil that lubricates your skin and hair. Typically, your pores make just the right amount of sebum. However, when your hormones are active, your oil glands produce additional sebum. And unfortunately, when there’s an excess of sebum and dead skin cells, bacteria gets trapped inside the pores, causing acne.

What Causes Jawline and Chin Acne?

Adults with acne typically experience it on the chin and along the jawline. While both men and women can be affected, women tend to experience chin and jawline acne more often. This is typically due to the increase in male hormones they experience around the time of their periods.
When men experience acne in this region, it can be related to shaving. Shaving with a dirty razor can cause bacteria to enter the skin, and certain shaving creams can clog pores.
To minimize chin and jawline acne, we recommend you avoid touching this area, hold your cell phone away from your face, and take care when introducing a new face wash or makeup, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

Why Do I Get Forehead Acne?

As with chin and jawline acne, forehead acne can also be triggered by hormone fluctuations. However, other culprits include hats, headbands, unwashed pillowcases, the hair products you use, and makeup or sunscreen that isn’t oil-free.

What Causes T-Zone Acne?

Along your forehead, nose, and chin, also known as the T-zone, there are more oil glands. Unfortunately, more oil glands means more opportunities for clogged pores. That’s why acne commonly can be found in this area.

Why Do I Have Acne on my Back?

While most people with acne experience it on the face, some acne sufferers also have acne on their bodies, particularly their backs. The main factors that determine whether you’re likely to have “bacne” are hormonal fluctuations and genetics.
To limit acne in this area, shower regularly with a gentle soap (especially after exercise), thoroughly rinse off hair conditioner, and avoid excessive sun exposure, which can worsen acne.

Why Do I Keep Getting a Pimple in the Same Spot?

Cystic acne refers to pimples that swell under the skin but never reach its surface. Your pore—which is shaped like a long tube—has branches. When oil travels down one of these branches away from the skin’s surface, the branch inflates or deflates, depending on the amount of oil you’re producing.

This can occur in the same area, and unfortunately, the only way to treat this type of acne is to wait it out or to seek treatment from a dermatologist.

What Can I Do to Prevent Acne Breakouts?

To prevent acne breakouts, we recommend you limit your consumption of dairy, avoid over-drying your skin, and choose mineral-based makeup. For more information on how these behaviors can help, check out our post, Three Tips to Limit Acne Breakouts.
We would also encourage you to consider participating in an acne research study at Aventiv. Participants have the opportunity to learn more about their condition, see a board-certified physician at no cost, and receive great care and treatment tips along the way.
To learn more about participating in one of our acne studies or enroll, call us at 614.501.6164, or visit our current acne study page.

How to Cope with COPD – A Letter to the Doctor

Posted on: November 30th, 2016 by Aventiv Research


Dear Dr. Arora,

Hello, I’m a 46-year-old mother of two in Columbus, OH. My husband, Chad, is 53 years old and was just recently diagnosed with COPD. Chad has worked in a fiber glass factory for the past 23 years and has smoked cigarettes since I can remember. Upon his recent diagnosis, we were told that smoking and breathing in toxic fumes over a long period are the two leading causes of COPD in adults today.

After leaving the doctor’s office with his new inhaler, he vowed to quit smoking and to be more careful at work by wearing a fume mask. Well, that lasted about a month and now he is back to smoking and doesn’t see COPD as a big deal at all. In fact, he just treats it as a bad cough rather than the debilitating lung disease that it is. He can hardly do anything with our children without wheezing for air and becoming very fatigued. I’ve done a ton of research and I know that male smokers are 12 times more likely to die from COPD than non-smokers. The thought of our children growing up without a father is something that keeps me up at night.

Do you have any advice for how I can better support my husband (and ease my fears) through this?

Worried Wife

Dear Worried,

I am terribly sorry to hear about your husband’s recent diagnosis. The state of Ohio has a 7.7% rate of COPD diagnoses and the rate is increasing day by day. While the inhaler is a great first step to take, if your husband is continuing to smoke it may not be as effective as it needs to be.

COPD is not a condition you can wish away. Soon the shortness of breath and fatigue could turn into emergency room visits and oxygen tanks if he continues the path he’s on. The best thing for the two of you to do is to educate yourselves on COPD and the complications that being diagnosed with it can have on the daily lives of yourselves and your children.

As I mentioned earlier, nearly 8% of our adults have been diagnosed with and are living with this complicated lung disease, so you are not alone. You can find comfort and hope in the fact that there are other options out there for him besides the typical steroid and oxygen treatments.

In fact, Aventiv Research, right there in Columbus, OH, has a COPD research study that they’re enrolling for right now. It may be in your family’s best interest to reach out to them today to see if he can qualify.

-Dr. Arora


Smoking and COPD

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by Aventiv Research


You’re at a fork in the road. You have the desire to quit but maybe not the self-control, or maybe you choose to justify your smoking as a social activity and minimize the heightened level of risk at which you’re putting your own health. Trust me, as a former smoker myself, I understand the predicament. It’s easy to want to quit but it certainly isn’t easy to do so. Do you need some added motivation? Here you go:

Smoking is far and away the largest preventable cause of death among Americans, and it’s not even close. As the leading cause of death in our country, smoking kills over 480,000 Americans every year – 41,000 of those deaths are from exposure to second hand smoke. That statistic alone should tell us something, this stuff is so bad for you that just being around it can greatly jeopardize your health.

Often people shrug off any coughing, wheezing, and fatigue as symptoms of just “getting older”, but these are early signs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Eleven million Americans were diagnosed with COPD last year and there are millions of others unaware of their own diagnosis because they don’t know the warning signs. COPD is often not detected until much later, in its advanced stages. If you’re worried you may have COPD and want more info on its symptoms, follow this link for insight on a brand new clinical research trial that will help assist you on a path to better health.


A Real Pain in the Back

Posted on: October 20th, 2016 by Aventiv Research


Back pain is more than just a pain in the back.

Those that struggle with chronic back pain can attest to the toll it takes on everyday life. Daily tasks become a chore and even getting out of bed becomes a struggle. If you are trying to figure out the cause of your back pain, read on for a list of possible culprits.

Gaining Weight + Inactivity

A recent study shows what most of us already know – we gain weight during the winter. When the weather gets cold, we all want to stay inside which means we limit our physical activity. The lack of activity means more pressure is put on our back and knees, resulting in wear and tear on joints and pain. Once the pain sets in, many people just stop being active, and the cycle continues.

Exercises that put less pressure on our joints, such as swimming, yoga and walking, can help us maintain an active lifestyle and keep those extra pounds off. Core work can also help to strengthen muscles around our middle, helping to prevent back pain, as well.

Common Medical Conditions

Inactivity and weight gain are more obvious reasons for back pain, but common medical conditions like kidney stones and urinary tract infections can also cause short term back pain. If you are experiencing back pain and can’t figure out the cause, it may be a good idea to check in with your doctor to be sure you are in good overall health.

Accidents Can Cause Back Problems

Slipped disks, degenerative disk disease and joint inflammation are common causes of back pain, particularly in the lower back area. Slipping on ice, lifting incorrectly or even a car accident can cause many of these issues.

Most physicians suggest over the counter medications, physical therapy, injections or even a visit to the chiropractor.

Check Out a New Option

While there are several options out there, treatment is not one size fits all. If you are seeking a new option to address lower back pain, clinical trials may be able to help.

Those that participate are seen by board-certified physicians, have access to possible new treatment and are compensated for time and travel. To learn more about opportunities in Columbus and surrounding areas, visit or call 614-501-6164.


Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by Aventiv Research


If you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, you probably don’t discuss it with many people.

The condition can cause embarrassing symptoms, some of which I’ve personally experienced firsthand. They can include weight gain, excessive hair growth on unwanted places like the lip and chin, as well as painful and irregular periods.

While I’m not ready to get pregnant yet, I know it will most likely affect my ability to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy.
The good news? If you are struggling with this condition, you’re not alone. 1 in 5 women have the condition and as more of us become vocal about our struggles, the support increases. The typical protocol for PCOS includes a cocktail of Metformin and other prescription medications to help manage insulin/glucose levels as well as to lower testosterone levels.

Many physicians also recommend birth control pills to regulate monthly cycles. Because excess hair growth is an issue for me, my doctor also prescribed Spironolactone.

While there are a variety of treatment options available, the need for new and more effective options is at an all-time high. Clinical trials for PCOS are now enrolling in the Columbus area and may be able to offer possible treatment options. For those of us not getting adequate relief from current medications, clinical trials could be a great way to try possible new medications.

You can also see a doctor at no cost and do not need health insurance to participate. If you have PCOS and are seeking a new option, check out this research opportunity:


Click here to learn more and apply for this study online!


Osteoarthritis aches and pains aren’t just limited to the elderly

Posted on: August 18th, 2016 by Aventiv Research


When most people think of osteoarthritis, they imagine an elderly person with creaking knees and hips. While many arthritis sufferers are older, there are other factors that can contribute to the condition. To learn more about the causes of osteoarthritis, as well as a few potential treatment options, keep reading.
High impact activity can lead to OA.
Osteoarthritis, or wear-and-tear arthritis, is commonly found in athletes. The impact of constant running and jumping can cause cartilage to deteriorate, exposing the joints that form at the ends of bones. Switching to aerobic activities with less impact, such as walking, swimming or tai chi, may help lessen OA symptoms.
Obesity and joint strain.
Many research studies have found a correlation between weight and osteoarthritis, specifically of the knee. Being overweight or obese causes significant strain on the joints. While there is currently no cure for OA, losing weight may help lessen the severity and recurrence of symptoms.

Treatments to try.
Physicians typically recommend over the counter pain medication, topical creams and physical therapy to initially address OA symptoms. As the severity progresses, prescribed pain medication, physical therapy and even surgery may be recommended. A new option for those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee is now taking place in your area.
An exciting, new option for OA.
There is a clinical study taking place in your area for those who suffer with osteoarthritis.  Study participants will receive hands-on care from medical professionals and may receive a new investigational treatment for the condition. No insurance is needed, and compensation is provided. Click below to learn more.



Click here to learn more and apply for this study online!


COPD: You’ve Got Options

Posted on: July 20th, 2016 by Aventiv Research

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If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, chances are you may feel overwhelmed. Most likely you’ve been experiencing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or tightness in your chest. Depending on the severity of the symptoms you experience, you may or may not need to use an inhaler, oral medication or oxygen. If you’re seeking tips to feel better despite your diagnosis, read on.

Quit Smoking:

The majority of COPD is caused by cigarette smoke. Whether you yourself smoke or you’ve been exposed to second hand smoke, it is detrimental to your health.

Some of the most popular options to quit smoking are nicotine patches, nicotine gum or stopping cold turkey. Recently, e-cigarettes or vaping have become another alternative to quit smoking tobacco, but the jury is still out on the safety of such devices.

Up Your Activity Level:

Most medical professionals recommend exercising a minimum of three times per week to improve symptoms associated with COPD. Upping one’s activity level helps the body to improve circulation and strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system, which in turn, helps the body to better use oxygen.

Keep a Positive Attitude:

A recent study uncovered a correlation between those with COPD and a high rate of depression. While this can be a scary diagnosis, there are a variety of treatment options available to help cope with symptoms of depression.

Consider a Research Study:

From inhalers to oral medication to oxygen tanks, the search for better treatment options for COPD is in high need. A research opportunity for those with COPD is now taking place in your area. Research participants will receive hands-on care from medical professionals as well as an opportunity to receive a new treatment for the condition. No insurance is needed, and compensation is provided. Learn more below.


Click here to learn more and apply for this study online!



Three Tips to Limit Acne Breakouts

Posted on: July 9th, 2016 by Aventiv Research

Concerned young woman squeezing acneWhat do Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt and Alicia Keys all have in common? Well, besides being world-famous, they all struggle with acne. Acne is not just an esthetic inconvenience, it’s a skin disease that can be caused by a variety of factors. Read on to learn about three common acne triggers and potential solutions.

Eating the wrong foods

For years, teenagers were advised to stay away from greasy foods because they could cause acne. Recent studies don’t draw a clear conclusion on whether or not greasy foods should be avoided, but they do show a correlation between dairy and breakouts. You may want to avoid dairy products such as milk, cream and cheese to help control acne. Research also suggests that foods containing antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids may help combat inflammation associated with breakouts.

Using the wrong skincare regimen

Many acne sufferers will over-dry their skin in an attempt to “dry up” breakouts. Using products containing salicylic acid and retinol is a great start to combating breakouts, but it’s important for everyone, even those with oily skin, to make sure their skin is properly hydrated. Oil-free moisturizers are available and may help maintain a healthy moisture balance without adding excess oil.

Using the wrong foundation

Heavy coverage foundations often contain pore-clogging ingredients. Many dermatologists and skin care experts recommend using a mineral-based makeup to cover breakouts. Mineral makeups are less likely to clog pores and will help cover blemishes without creating new ones.

Decades ago there was not much hope for acne sufferers, but today, more and more acne alternatives are available. If you struggle with acne, a research study at Aventiv may be a great opportunity to learn more about your condition, see a board-certified physician at no cost, and receive great care and treatment tips along the way.

To learn more about these acne study opportunities, call as at Aventiv at (614) 501-6164 or click below to apply for more information.


Click here to learn more and apply for this study online!


Low Testosterone? You’re not alone.

Posted on: July 9th, 2016 by Aventiv Research

lowsexdrive1 (1)Low Testosterone, or hypogonadism, is the butt of many jokes, but for thousands of men, it’s no joking matter and a part of their everyday life. So, why the stigma around Low T? For years, testosterone has been thought of as the hormone that makes men, men.

As we age, testosterone levels naturally decline. However, as diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure are on the rise, more and more men will experience Low T at a younger age.

Wondering if you or someone you love may have Low T? Read on to learn more about options regarding Low T.

Is it low testosterone?

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of Low T are lack of energy, decreased sex drive, decrease in muscle mass, an increase in stored fat, as well as erectile dysfunction. Because many of these symptoms are quite personal, many men wait years before addressing the issue. Physicians can complete a variety of tests to check testosterone levels, and then move forward with different treatment options.

So its Low T, what’s next?

After a physician confirms low testosterone levels, they may discuss treatment options. The most popular options for regulating hormone levels are injections, implantable pellets, gels and testosterone patches. Typically patient preference and hormone levels affect which treatment is appropriate.

Are there any other options?

Research studies for those with Low T are currently taking place at Aventiv Research in the Columbus area. Study participants will have their testosterone levels checked at no cost, receive complimentary study-related care from a board certified physician, and receive compensation for time and travel. To apply for a study in your area, click below.

To learn more about these testosterone study opportunities, call as at Aventiv at (614) 501-6164 or click below to apply for more information.


Click here to learn more and apply for this study online!


Research Study for Adults Who Have Had Asthma for at Least Six Months

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 by Aventiv Research

Do you treat your Asthma daily? Do you also use a Rescue Inhaler at least twice a week? If so, please call about joining our research study for adults who have had Asthma for at least six months.

There is no cost to participate in our research study, and compensation for time and travel may be available. So if you treat your Asthma daily, call toll free: 1.866.410.5858.