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Clinical Trial

Brain Zapping for Weight Loss

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Here's a prediction: It's only a matter of time before people start zapping their brain to shed weight. In the last few years, electrical brain stimul...

For Children With the Most Common Malignant Brain Tumor, New Reason for Hope

Amar Gajjar, MD | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Amar Gajjar, MD

While news that your child has a malignant brain tumor remains a life-altering, frightening event, there is renewed reason for hope.

Got Advanced Cancer? Consider Clinical Trials

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Increased volunteer participation in trials offers patients access to cutting-edge treatments and contributes to the development of better treatments to prolong life and eventually drive those cancers into remission.

Beginnings

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 05.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard M. Cohen

Only 20 patients had been tapped for this spectacular opportunity. My stem cell infusion took place in New York City on a recent frigid winter day, inaugurating the study. I knew a long, thin needle would be inserted into my spinal column and the cells released. I was ready.

Take It From Tony: Investing in NIH Research Saves Lives

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Research has long been a major priority of the American Heart Association. Our organization has invested upwards of $3.5 billion into research, more than any organization outside the federal government.

How to Cover Up Research Abuse and Intimidate Critics

Carl Elliott, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Carl Elliott, M.D., Ph.D.

Imagine that you lose your only son to suicide in a medical experiment. When you try to get his study records, the university refuses. When you file suit, the university argues successfully in court that it is "immune." Believe it or not, these are the actions taken by the University of Minnesota.

Postcards From Lebanon: Part 2 in a Series of Cancer-Related Commentary

James Stack | Posted 10.05.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

The results from this study may never benefit me directly, as FDA approvals take forever, but I participated because someone, someday, may be helped due to this small choice I've made.

Reading the Fine Print on Cancer Treatment and Side Effects

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 03.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

Researchers found that nearly one-third of reports on large, randomized studies over-emphasize some benefits of therapy. In the majority of reports evaluated, the investigators found insufficient attention or discussion of treatment side effects.

Top 10 Facts You Need to Know about Clinical Trials

Tory Zellick | Posted 03.04.2013 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

Learning about the world of clinical trials is akin to learning to speak a new language, and it can be overwhelming to both caregiver and care recipient -- especially in the middle of a health crisis. So here is a simple breakdown of the top 10 facts you need to know about clinical trials.

How I Managed My Mom's Cancer Treatment Trial

Tory Zellick | Posted 02.28.2013 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

Sometimes, to be a good caregiver, we have to put our own needs and opinions aside, so as to support our loved one in making their own choice about their own life. Take the example of my mom -- three years into her battle with breast cancer -- deciding to participate in a clinical trial.