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Clinical Trials

Clinical trials: Seeking Diversity in Women for Better Testing | Posted 05.17.2016 | Women

Everyone celebrates when a new medication or experimental treatment cures a friend or family member. New drugs and other medical advancements are the ...

Why Participate in Clinical Trials?

Kyle Bryant | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Kyle Bryant

Participating in clinical trials makes me feel extremely hopeful. Any study promises a chance of therapeutic benefit, but to me, none of these drugs work until proven, so therapeutic benefit is not my expectation.

Inflammation May Hold Key to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's Disease

Howard Fillit, MD | Posted 05.04.2016 | Science
Howard Fillit, MD

A new study poses an intriguing question: Does gum disease accelerate cognitive decline in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease? The answer may be found in inflammation.

Mom Without Memories

Adam Grossman | Posted 04.28.2016 | Impact
Adam Grossman

My mother, who was once the primary caretaker of her husband and three kids, who worked as a substitute teacher and part time editor of the Harvard Business Review, who threw amazing parties and volunteered at the temple and ran a gourmet catering business in her spare time, has Alzheimer's Disease, just as her mother and brother had it before her.

Can "Moon Shot" for Cancer Cure Overcome Data Sharing Problems?

Amy Yuan | Posted 04.18.2016 | College
Amy Yuan

When Vice President Biden lost his 46-year-old son Beau to brain cancer, Americans mourned with him. Motivated by his son's death, Biden is at the for...

The Big Trust Factor: How African Americans Can Help Find Better Treatment For Hep C

LaTroya Hester | Posted 03.18.2016 | Black Voices
LaTroya Hester

We don't trust the news. We don't trust the "system". And then there's that cousin on our daddy's side who we love, but just don't trust. In this same vein, when it comes to scientists, researchers and even our own doctors, we say, "I just don't trust 'em."

One Giant Leap for Mankind

Bonnie J. Addario | Posted 03.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Bonnie J. Addario

Science isn't going to be advanced by scientists alone: Communication and information must also be open and easily accessible to the vast cancer community they serve. Patients and their families need a single portal -- not a Byzantine maze -- to learn about clinical trials, data, research, drugs and other therapies.

February Is a Time for Celebrating Black History, Heart Health...and Clinical Trials?

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 02.12.2016 | Black Voices
Society for Women's Health Research

By Andrea L. Lowe, MPH, SWHR Health Policy and Public Health Liaison February is both Black History Month and American Heart Month. In support of bo...

Cancer Cure Moonshoot? Not Without the Patients

Kim Thiboldeaux | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Kim Thiboldeaux

If we are going to find the cure, we need to change the perception of clinical trials and have a conversation about clinical trials begin between patient and doctor from the moment of diagnosis.

1 Person Left Brain Dead After Clinical Trial Of Experimental Medicine In France

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.16.2016 | World

PARIS, Jan 15 (Reuters) - One person has been left brain dead and five others have been hospitalized after taking part in a clinical trial in France o...

My Friend Daisy

Jason Resendez | Posted 12.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

Daisy Duarte is one of my personal heroes. She's not a member of congress, a policy wonk, or a world-renowned research scientist but she's disrupting the way we think about Alzheimer's on the Hill, in research labs, and in communities across the country.

How The Lack Of Diversity In Medical Research Holds Us Back

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living

Although people of color make up nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population, they still aren't adequately represented in health research, a study publis...

Why Scientists Need to Embrace Crowdfunding

Abhinav Sharma | Posted 11.19.2015 | Science
Abhinav Sharma

From the junior physician attempting to start a pilot study to the seasoned researcher in the final years of an academic grant, the harsh reality of m...

Minorities Need To Be Included In Clinical Trials

Anees Chagpar | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Anees Chagpar

It remains critical to encourage diverse participation in clinical trials to ensure that our therapies are equally effective across different subgroups, or alternatively, that differences between populations are identified and more appropriate treatments are found.

Sexism In The Doctor's Office Starts Here

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living

When the Food and Drug Administration approved Addyi, a prescription drug for women with low libido, this summer, it did so with a major caveat: Absol...

Why The Martian Movie is a Metaphor for Surviving Serious Illness

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Why am I writing about this in an article clearly designed to give readers my tips on health and medicine? It is because I see this motion picture plot and dialogue as a metaphor for a real life drama, which I experience in my patients and my office on a daily basis.

Animal Studies Offer Cancer Research Clues

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Deborah J. Cornwall

Discoveries of how genes and enzymes behave in animal models may decipher the biological mechanisms that cause, prevent, or suppress cancers in humans. Researchers seek to discover mechanisms in animal that may help control human cancer's growth, spread, and potential to kill.

Late Onset Tay Sachs Clinical Trial

Alexis Buryk | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Alexis Buryk

I'm incredibly impressed with the work being done by the NIH. And also feel I have to do more. I fully intend to contact Genzyme and find out more about the drug. I don't know how proprietary it is or if it is being distributed in any other country. I need to know more to help my children.

Outrage of the Month: Editors of Prestigious Journal Sacrifice Standards to Defend an Unethical Clinical Trial

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2015 | Science
Michael Carome, M.D.

Recently, NEJM Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Drazen and his senior editors have shown a disturbing disregard for the journal's traditionally high standards. This became most apparent when, in 2013, they published a series of pieces that provided a misleading and unbalanced assessment of an unethical clinical trial involving more than 1,300 premature babies.

Five Actions to Take on World Alzheimer's Day

Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D.

While no cure or preventive treatment currently exists, there are five things you can do on World Alzheimer's Day (September 21) to advance prevention research, help those affected by it and even reduce your personal risk of developing the disease.

The Vulnerability Box: An Interview With Dr. Phaik Yeong Cheah

Cameron Conaway | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

Pregnant women with malaria are not given the most effective drugs during their first trimester. Why? It's contraindicated.

The Knowledge Gap of Research Ethics

Cameron Conaway | Posted 07.10.2015 | Science
Cameron Conaway

It seems an obvious thing to do, right? I mean why shouldn't research be used to help alleviate the struggles of some of the world's most vulnerable people? Well, as it turns out, researchers do not exactly have the greatest ethics track record when it relates to working with those most vulnerable.

Cognitive Computing: Revolution's in the Air

Lynn Vos | Posted 06.18.2015 | Technology
Lynn Vos

The first intelligible words spoken over the telephone in March 1876 are reported to be, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you." So perhaps it's only fitting new technology that may be as revolutionary for global healthcare shares that surname.

This Father's Day, Give 1 for Dad

D. Brad Wright | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
D. Brad Wright

This year, there will be no necktie, no book, no gift card to Amazon. Instead, I'm giving a donation to an important charity in honor of my Dad.

'Putting Your Bottom at the Top of Your List' -- The Pap Smear That's Not Just for Women

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Depending on the study's results, it's possible that anal health will become a routine conversation topic between doctors and patients -- and labs won't think twice when they receive a pap smear specimen from a man.