The Most Read 2018 Posts On The FindMeCure Blog
Here we are, at the end of 2018, evaluating the past twelve months.
It has been a long productive year for the FindMeCure team. We grew, both in size and determination, we put a lot of effort into building a bridge between patients and the medical research industry and we had a meaningful, fulfilling 2018.
It’s become a tradition by now to wrap up the previous year and begin the one ahead by making a list of the most read blog posts in the last twelve months and this is exactly what we’re about to do today. It’s quite a special moment for everyone involved in creating this blog because we get to see which were the posts you liked and shared the most, which were the topics you were most invested in and which ones reached the most readers.
And here you might think we’re being superficial. But we’re incredibly passionate about FindMeCure’s mission of spreading the knowledge about clinical research and informing more and more people about their options. And one way to make that happen is by building our readership. So, let’s take a look at what you guys were most interested in reading in 2018.
The tenth position on our list this year is occupied by a post Jackie Waters wrote for the blog. Helpful advice and insight about caregiving are what this article provides. Taking into account aspects of looking after a loved one that are often neglected, the article serves as a reminder to also take care of yourself as much as it delivers on its promise to give readers useful practical tips. We love good solid advice with no fillers or cliches, and it seems you do too.
The current crisis with antibiotics and the epidemic of the so-called ‘superbugs’, a new strain of untreatable bacteria, leaves us little choice as to the measures we need to take. Bacteria evolve faster than we can come up with new antibiotics, so what are we to? If you want to know more about the conditions that brought this crisis upon us, as well as what the possible solutions could be, read on.
Did you know that some drugs can have unexpected results in women due to the ‘regular’ dose being too high for a woman? Women metabolize substances differently and their hormonal make-up can add up to the difference in outcome because of the specific interaction with the drug. Yet, men are the ‘standart’ in clinical research because science doesn’t like variables. What’s more, ‘women’s health’ often stands only for reproductive health and it doesn’t take into account other specifics. This post goes into detail about the effects such an approach often has on women.
We already said it – we love giving you good content on how to manage life with a certain condition and it looks like you appreciate out tips. This article delivers on its title – it’s a ‘how to’ that offers as much empathy and compassion as it does solid advice. For everyone living with chronic pain, it’s a must-read and we don’t just say it because it’s ours.
Spoiler alert: Renoir is not the only painter on our list. It’s almost unbelievable that some of the greatest pieces of art in history were made by people who suffered excruciating pain. It’s things like this that make us believe no chronic disease has the power to limit a person’s will to live the life of joy and fulfillment they were always meant to have. This sort of articles is our way to say to all of, fighting debilitating health conditions to keep on fighting for the things that make life worth living.
In this post, you’ll find the answer to questions like: “What is a biologic?”, “What are the side-effects of biologics?”, “Why are biologics so expensive to make?”, “Why are biologics the ‘cutting-edge’ of medical research?” and everything else you’ll want to know if you’re taking a biologic. Researchers put a lot of hope in them, so even if that’s not your choice of drug, it never hurts to get informed about the current trends.
In which we finally explain what means what. About a year ago we realized we’d never addressed some of the most common questions and concerns people have when choosing a clinical trial. Basic things like what the different phases mean for the stage of development of the drug or therapy in trial had never been explained in detail on the blog. Since then, we’ve filled that gap with quite a lot of articles that provide extensive information about everything you might want to know about clinical trials. So, clearly, we learn from our mistakes.
A lot of you were talking about dog and emu oils, so we decided to conduct an ‘investigation’ of our own and see what the fuss is all about. Not to spoil the article for you, but if you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you’ll know that we always lean on the side of caution when it comes to products advertised as ‘natural remedies’.
And the second place goes to this post from the International Women’s Day that this year coincided with World Kidney Day. We at FindMeCure believe that there’s more to women’s health than ‘bikini medicine’ implies, so we took the opportunity to talk about women’s health from another perspective and how it intersects with health conditions that are typically associated with it.
In an ironic twist of events, our most read article from 2018 is the one that summarizes what happened in 2017 on the blog. You all seem to like a good recap almost as much as we do. If you just started following the blog in recent months, hop over there to see how our content evolved over the course of these two years.
We hope 2018 was a good one for you as well and we’re looking toward 2019 with genuine hope and optimism. With so many healthcare innovations already upon us, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the treatment of ailments that for too long we have considered incurable. If there’s one thing that makes us wake up for work with a smile on the 1st of January, it’s precisely this notion.