Clinical Trial Staffing on the Rise

The average staffing for a clinical trial operations department has nearly doubled since 2008, read more about why that employment trend is on the rise.

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The Question is Would You Join a Clinical Trial

We have posted here in the past that there are a lot of reasons for joining a clinical trial and one of the biggest reasons that people with serious or chronic conditions join is because the trial could be their last hope. This article out of the UK talks about one of those such people and the trial she participated in.

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LabRats Medical Trial Information Center

Labrat Studies is a national clearing house for clinical trials and various research studies conducted by leading medical research organizations. Participation helps improve medical treatments for everyone in our society. Volunteers receive the study medication or treatment at no charge and may be paid for for time and travel required to participate.

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Currently on LabRats

Do you have an upcoming hospitalization? Are you entering a long-term care facility? You could be at risk for Clostridium Difficle.

C. difficle, it is a bacterium that is found in the intestines. It most commonly causes mild to moderate diarrhea. Sometimes it can cause more serious infection of the intestines, called colitis. In rare cases an infection with C. difficile can lead to death.

Those on antibiotic use in are at higher risk for developing C. difficile disease. Other risk factors include hospitalization, a stay in a nursing home, advanced age, a serious underlying illness, a weakened immune system, or gastrointestinal surgery. C. difficile is found in feces and has the ability to form spores. People can become infected with they touch items that are contaminated with feces and then touch their mouth. In the hospital, C. difficile can be spread between patients on the hands of healthcare workers, contaminated items (such as bedrails and commodes) or medical devices (such as blood pressure cuffs and thermometers). If spores are ingested, C. difficile disease may occur.

If you are having surgery requiring a minimum of overnight and a maximum of 5 day stay in the hospital or if you are being placed in a short or long term rehabilitation center after your surgery you may qualify to participate in this study. We are looking for males or females between the ages of 40 and 75. Visit our site to see if you are eligible to participate, you may be compensated up to $850 for your time and travel.

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Currently On LabRats

Have you sprained your ankle? Currently on LabRats a phase III clinical research trial is being conducted on sprained ankles. If you sprain your ankle submit your information before you take anything. The following questions would be asked of those who are seeking to participate.

Question 1 :
When did you sprain your ankle?

Question 2 :
Can you walk on it?

Question 3 :
How did you sprain your ankle?

Question 4 :
Are you over 18 years in age?

Question 5 :
Have you taken any medication for your ankle? If so what have you taken?

For this and other clinical trials go to and check back often as we are always adding studies.

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Participating in a Clinical Trial

Many people aren’t sure if participating in a clinical trial is a good idea, and there is certainly a lot to think about. This has information comes from an MDS website, but the information is relevant for those considering participation in a clinical trial.

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Cancer Clinical Trials

Significant progress has been made in cancer treatment over the years. But cancer being a treatable disease is only a little over a hundred years old.  There has been strides over the years to fight cancer, in 1971 President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act, starting what was called the “war on cancer.”

But there seems to be a stall in cancer treatment progress, this is at the level of clinical trials for cancer. There is no shortage of new cancer therapies, however clinical trials face a shortage of participants. 25,000 to 30,000 patients participate in cancer clinical trials, but they only represent 3-5 percent of US adult cancer patients.

Why is this happening? Some of the problems are institutional, physicians outside of the academic world may not have the staff or the resources for coordinating patients, deal with regulations and insurance issues, and fill out the extensive paperwork. On the other hand patents may not be aware of the clinical trials available to them, or they misunderstand the purpose of a clinical trial.

There is hope, with the new molecular trials and smart drugs more patients feel more confident. Also there are advocacy groups that are bringing trials to the forefront of oncology, these groups help patients find the appropriate trials and nearby oncologists to enroll them. More and more advocacy groups are launching data bases to assist patients in finding an enrolling in clinical trials, as more people become aware of these databases the flood gates could open.


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Diabetics Face Further Problems if they Smoke

Scientists today reported the first strong evidence implicating nicotine as the main culprit responsible for persistently elevated blood sugar levels — and the resulting increased risk of serious health complications — in people who have diabetes and smoke. In a presentation at the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), they said the discovery also may have implications for people with diabetes who are using nicotine-replacement therapy for extended periods in an attempt to stop smoking.

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New Steps In Cancer Therapy

GenSpera, Inc. announced that the first patient was dosed in the ongoing Phase I clinical study of itschemotherapeutic agent, G-202, at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The Universityof Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. CTRC joins the University ofWisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Sidney Kimmel ComprehensiveCancer Center at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, Maryland, as the third center to participate in the PhaseI safety study evaluating G-202 in patients whose cancers have progressed after treatment with otherchemotherapies.

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Clinical Trials Can Be a Next Step for Patients With No Hope

Participation in clinical trials helps progress medical science. It’s a very noble thing to give your body over to science for a few weeks or months. But sometimes there are other reasons, more personal ones, for participating in a clinical trial. If you have been suffering from a condition or disease and have explored every avenue, if your doctor says there’s nothing more you can do, perhaps looking into clinical trials should be your next step. A treatment for your medical condition could be still in the testing phases, and might not have to wait until it’s approved to get to try it out. Check around you may find a study that will help you.

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