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CCRstudies in the Community

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Have you attended a recent event lately and met a member of the CCRstudies team?  We pride ourselves on reaching out to the local community.  Whether attending a meeting of the Southeastern Connecticut Women’s Network, the Senior Resources “M” Team, or participating in a health fair or senior center event, we are always looking for ways to connect with the community.  While out in the community, we do our best to share information regarding clinical research studies and the role of the research volunteer.

If you are interested in having a member of the CCRstudies team conduct an educational presentation or if you would like to host a Mobile Memory Clinic for no-cost memory testing, contact MaryLou Gannotti at Coastal Connecticut Research.  Call (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

 

Do You Pee Frequently?

Monday, May 7th, 2018

A lot of women shrug off the fact they urinate 8 or more times each day.  “I’ve had babies, my bladder is weak,”  “I’m getting older,” “coffee makes me pee,” are some of the phrases you might have heard a friend or even yourself utter.

Overactive Bladder, also known as OAB is a real medical condition.  Symptoms of OAB include a sudden and strong need to urinate right away (or, when you gotta go, you gotta go!).  People with OAB might also urinate 8 or more times each day, leak a little after having the sudden urge to urinate and wake up during the night to pee.

46 million adults in the US over the age of 40 experience these symptoms.

Coastal Connecticut Research is currently conducting an Overactive Bladder research study.  Those who wish to learn more are invited to contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567.   There is no cost to participate in a clinical research study and no insurance is needed.

Non-Hormonal Hot Flash Study

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Have you gone through menopause?

Do you have hot flashes?

Sometimes hot flashes (feeling flushed and/or sweaty)
can get in the way of daily activities and sleep. The
ASPIRE-1 Study is a clinical research trial looking
at a non-hormonal, investigational medication to see
if it affects the quality of sleep.

Could you take part?
We are looking for women who:
• have gone through menopause (stopped having
periods)
• have hot flashes that include sweating about
7 times per day.

The study will last about 20 weeks and will require
7 visits to the study center. About 360 women across
the United States will take part in the ASPIRE-1 Study.
All study medication and study-related procedures
will be provided at no cost.
We are enrolling women now.

Want to know more? Please contact us today!
Call (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com. 

Diabetic Foot Pain

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

You were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes several years ago and with that, you were aware that you would have to make some lifestyle and dietary changes.  What you didn’t expect when you received that initial diagnosis was someday your feet would feel like they were on fire.  What’s happening?

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, known as DPN for short, is a complication of Type 2 diabetes that occurs in over half of those living with the disease. Due to nerve damage as the result of diabetes,  people living with DPN experience pain in their legs and/or feet, tingling, numbness, burning and general discomfort. Some people feel like they are walking on pins and needles.  Others cannot get a decent night’s sleep and wake up at the slightest provocation including something as simple as a blanket rubbing against their feet.

Coastal Connecticut Research is currently involved in a diabetic nerve pain study testing an investigational medication.  People who have Type 2 diabetes and are experiencing nerve pain in their feet and/or legs may be eligible to participate in this clinical research study.  Dr. Edward McDermott is the primary investigator of the study.  Enrolled participants receive the study product and all study-related procedures at no cost.

Anyone who wishes to learn more about clinical research is welcome to call and speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567.

 

 

 

Lyme Disease

Monday, March 5th, 2018

March, it comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb. March also gives people a lot of hope as we mark spring this month!

Spring is a time we associate with improving weather, blossoming buds and yes, unfortunately here in New England, Lyme disease.  There’s been quite a bit of buzz about Lyme disease lately, and it appears tick activity has started already.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is involved in the fight against Lyme disease. We’re part of a blood draw study to ultimately help to diagnose the disease in individuals sooner.  If you have been bitten by a tick and not previously been treated for Lyme disease, you may wish to learn more.  Call to speak to a member of the CCRstudies team if you have had a tick bite in the previous month and you have Lyme disease, or suspect you might.  We are happy to share further information regarding the study.  Call (860) 443-4567.

Diabetic Foot Pain

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Tingling, numbness, burning.  Your feet are on fire!  Why?  Because you’ve developed diabetic peripheral neuropathy.  Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, also known as DPN,  develops in over half of all individuals living with Type 2 diabetes.  Nerve pain can make life go from comfortable to miserable!

Dr. Edward McDermott is the primary investigator in a research study being conducted in New London for foot and leg pain associated with diabetes.  Volunteers in the study will evaluate an investigational product that may help with the leg and foot discomfort.  No insurance or cost is needed to participate.  Those with throbbing feet and Type 2 diabetes may wish to call and learn more.  (860) 443-4567.

Decreased Zest for Sex?

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Lack of zing?  Low zest for sex?  Has your “mojo” left the dojo?

1 in 3 women are affected by low libido but many women are unwilling to discuss their lack of drive with their partners and their health care providers due to embarrassment and shame.  The lack of intimacy experienced by women and their partners can cause distress in a relationship.  Women who once enjoyed fulfilling relations now find themselves unable to connect intimately.  The love for their partner is there, but the desire and satisfaction has waned.

Decreased sexual desire, also known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder or HSDD, is a real medical condition.

Coastal Connecticut Research is currently involved in a clinical research study testing an investigational product for decreased desire.  There is no cost to participate in the study, no cost for the study product, and no cost for all study-related health care. Dr. Robert Spitz is the study gynecologist.  Study nurses are Diane Palmer RN and Kelley Sanok RN.

Women who would like to learn more about the decrease sexual desire study in New London are welcome to call (860) 443-4567.  All calls are confidential.

 

Alzheimer’s Agitation

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Are you a stressed out caregiver? Has mom or dad become too much to handle?  Are you a spouse living with someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and every day is a struggle?

Agitation in Alzheimer’s disease can be unpredictable and frustrating. Symptoms can include cursing or verbal combativeness, shouting, hitting or kicking, pushing or grabbing, pacing and aimless wandering, general restlessness and more. Does this sound like your loved one?

Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin and the CCRstudies team  are conducting the TRIAD Research Study.  Individuals with agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease along with their caregivers may be eligible to participate.  The study is evaluating and investigational medication that may help with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s agitation.  Agitation can be defined as the presence of one of more of these behavoirs:  excessive motor activity, verbal aggression, or physical aggression.

Males and females 50 to 90 years of age who have a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer’s disease may be eligible to participate.  The study has approximately 8 clinic visits over the course of 16 weeks. Reimbursement is available for time and travel.

If you know someone living at home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home who is living with Alzheimer’s agitation and you would like to learn more about the TRIAD Research Study, call (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Here’s What Volunteers Are Saying…

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

We are very grateful for all of our research volunteers.  At the conclusion of each study, we ask our volunteers to take the time to fill out a survey and let us know how we’re doing.  We pride ourselves on treating our patients with the highest level of professionalism and respect, all while providing quality study-related health care.

Recently M. of Norwich noted the study she participated in was to her body what “love is to the soul.”  (Wow…her words!)  S. of Mystic described our site as “friendly and comfortable.”  She continued, “I”ll do it again.” D. of North Stonington noted, “It was fascinating to me. I learned a lot.”

Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do.  Thank you to all those who participate in clinical trials at Coastal Connecticut Research. We are most grateful for your time and for your valued feedback!

If you curious about research, or have participated in a trial and want to share your experiences, contact us at (860) 443-4567. You can also email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Has the Arctic Chill Cooled Your Hot Flashes?

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Let’s face it. We’re New Englanders.  Here at Coastal Connecticut Research, we have the good fortune of being located just a block away from the Thames River in New London and a few blocks away from Long Island Sound.  We are surrounded by quaint and charming New England homes and not too far from vibrant downtown New London.  But, with New England charm comes New England weather!

The recent cold snap, known as a polar vortex, has a lot of people feeling blah.  Believe it or not, a few women who suffer with moderate to severe hot flashes have told us they actually feel a little less overheated in periods of extreme cold. We do know, however, that Mark Twain wisely noted, “if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait five minutes.”  This too shall pass!

If you are a woman who has been living with bothersome hot flashes, don’t wait for another polar vortex to find relief! Coastal Connecticut Research is currently conducting a clinical research study testing an non-hormonal medication for the treatment of hot flashes and night sweats in postmenopausal women.  We encourage you to contact us to find out more.  There’s no need to run out in the freezing weather in your shorts and t-shirt to cool off!  Learn about an investigational medication being evaluated on women living with hot flashes.  (860) 443-4567.  Gynecologist Dr. Robert Spitz is the local study doctor and all visits take place in New London.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!