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Archive for May, 2013

How a Clinical Trial Could Save Your Life

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by closerlook

Receiving the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease can be scary and overwhelming. Your mind races with questions. What does this mean for me and my family? Can I afford the treatment I need? What are my options?

Participating in a clinical trial offers no guarantees, but for many the potential gain will outweigh the risk involved. And taking part in a clinical trial could save your life.

Becoming a clinical trial volunteer affords you access to groundbreaking medications and treatments that are not yet available to the public. You will also benefit from the support of healthcare providers at the forefront of research and access to superior facilities.

When faced with a life-threatening diagnosis, it is important to ask questions and become informed about your options. If standard treatment does not provide a good solution for you, or if your doctors have tried those methods without success, a clinical trial could offer the solution you need.

Clinical trials do not come without risks. By definition, they involve many unknowns. Take the time to understand any side effects you might experience. Experimental treatments and the accompanying tests and care are often free to participants. Make sure you understand any costs for which you will be responsible, and check with your insurance provider. Many providers will not cover expenses for experimental medications and procedures. All of those considerations should be discussed with your doctor, who can help you determine if a trial is right for you.

Clinical Trials for High Blood Pressure

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by closerlook

High blood pressure affects nearly everyone at some point in life, and left uncontrolled it can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Blood pressure is determined by the volume of blood your heart pumps and the degree of resistance to blood flow in your arteries. It is described as a combination of systolic and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure measures blood pressure while the heart is pumping blood, and diastolic pressure measures it when the heart is at rest. Normal blood pressure is considered less than 120 systolic over 80 diastolic.

High blood pressure occurs when the arteries narrow, increasing blood pressure and making the heart work harder. Over time, that condition causes damage to the heart tissue. While blood pressure rises and lowers with normal activities, sustained high blood pressure puts you at risk for more severe health problems.

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you might be advised to change your diet or become more active. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important factor in blood pressure management because the more you weigh, the more blood must be pumped through your body, which increases the pressure on the artery walls. If you smoke, you should quit. Smoking damages the lining of your artery walls, causing the arteries to narrow and raising blood pressure.

Sometimes diet and lifestyle changes are not enough to sufficiently lower blood pressure. Columbus Clinical Research is investigating an oral medication that may control high blood pressure. If you are between 18 and 64 years old and suffer from high blood pressure, you may be eligible for the trial. Contact Columbus Clinical Research to learn more.

How Clinical Trials Help Millions

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by closerlook

Medical research cannot advance without the help of clinical trials. If you think one person cannot make a significant impact on a cause, consider this: Volunteers for clinical trials help millions of people every day.

Early medical research can be conducted in a lab, and some testing is done on animals. For a new drug or treatment to become available to all patients, however, it must be tested and approved for use on human subjects. Without clinical trial volunteers, medical research would reach a standstill.

More than 60 million people in the the United States have severe, chronic and life-threatening illnesses, according to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Thousands of clinical trials across the country pave the way to improved treatments for those millions every day.

According to the National Institutes of Health, Americans are living nearly 30 years longer than they did in 1900, and they are enjoying a better quality of life. That improvement is due in large part to advancements in medical research through clinical trials.

Raise Clinical Trial Awareness

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by closerlook

Clinical trials and clinical research play an essential role in advancing medical science. Clinical trials test the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, new uses for drugs and even surgical procedures. Unfortunately, a staggering 80% of clinical trials fail to enroll the required number of volunteers.

Clinical trials help medical professionals discover improved treatment methods, find ways to prevent the spread of disease and improve disease diagnoses. Ultimately, clinical trials extend life through new discoveries, and improve the comfort and quality of life for those who are chronically ill.

Volunteers participate in clinical trials to help others, to advance medical research, or often to gain access to the newest treatment options for themselves. The hope of discovering new, more effective treatments for chronic diseases and conditions underlies the motivation of all research volunteers.

The clinical trial process occurs in phases and takes and average of six to seven years. Before receiving approval from the FDA, a new drug must successfully complete all the clinical trial phases and pass rigorous testing. From the initial discovery of up to 10,000 potentially helpful compounds, the FDA will ultimately approve one drug for medical use.

Groundbreaking medical treatments become available to people who need them now through clinical trials. Some participants will also gain access to better quality care at leading healthcare facilities. In many cases volunteers will be compensated for their time and travel in addition to receiving free medication and treatment. In all cases volunteers enjoy the reward of contributing to the greater good and helping other people enjoy a better quality of life.