Conducting clinical research studies with
SKILL, KNOWLEDGE and SAFETY.
Call to participate
860.443.4567

Author Archive

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!

Warm Yourself This Winter-Volunteer

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Studies have shown people feel better when they volunteer!
It’s that intangible, warm fuzzy feeling you can’t quite pinpoint, but you know there’s a little more of a spring in your step when you do something nice for others.

Winter is not always an easy time for people. The days are shorter, darkness sets in sooner (although we’ve passed the shortest day of the year), and some people find themselves becoming quite glum.  Have you ever though about getting out and about this winter by volunteering for research?

Coastal Connecticut Research needs volunteers!  Are you a person who wants to help others through research?  Then give us a call and learn about the clinical research studies we are conducting.  (860) 443-4567. We’d love to hear from you!  Help others through research and help cure those “winter blahs” in the process!

Give of Yourself this Holiday Season!

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed and depleted?  Has the tin cup been passed around a little too much this holiday season?  Do you have donor fatigue?  Believe it not, there might be a way you could feel better. How?
VOLUNTEER! Clinical trials are now enrolling at Coastal Connecticut Research in New London.

Studies have shown people who volunteer actually feel better. It creates what is called the “happiness effect.”  During this season of giving, consider sharing your time to help advance medical research.  Volunteer for a clinical research study.  You’ll receive study-related health care at no cost, no cost study medication, and, reimbursement for time and travel is available.  Best of all, by participating in research, you can help to advance knowledge about new ways to treat existing diseases and conditions.

So, instead of just taking out your checkbook and making out yet another donation, add to the warm fuzzy feeling by donating your time to research. Volunteers do make a difference!

Call us today at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Are You Burning Up With Hot Flashes?

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Are you a woman who can’t sleep due to night sweats?  Sidelined by hot flashes?  But….you aren’t interested in hormones?

Coastal Connecticut Research is part of a nationwide effort to test an investigational, non-hormonal medication for the treatment of hot flashes and night sweats.  Researchers want to see if the investigational medication reduces the frequency and severity of hot flashes. Women who experience hot flashes following the loss of their monthly period may feel hot and sweaty (at the most inopportune time!) or wake up in the night covered in sweat. Hot flashes can be mild, moderate, or severe.  Most women will agree these are uncomfortable and often embarrassing symptoms of menopause.

For those interested in learning more about research volunteer opportunities, speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567 today.  Dr. Robert Spitz is the study gynecologist.

Alzheimer’s Agitation

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

The holiday season is upon us. It’s supposed to be a joyful time.  For those individuals living with or caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s Agitation, this can be an extremely stressful time.

Unpredictable, agitated behavior due to Alzheimer’s disease can be frustrating and overwhelming for people who have a loved on in their life living with these symptoms. Wandering, pacing, screaming, swearing and hitting can be extremely unsettling symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  People unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s sometimes think memory loss is the only part of Alzheimer’s that affects people.  This is not so.

Alzheimer’s agitation can be disruptive, unpredictable and potentially harmful to people.  Physical and verbal aggression are among the most common expressions of this condition.

Research is underway in New London and nationwide testing an investigational medication to see if it may reduce the symptoms of agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease.  New London Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin and Andrea Stewart APRN are among the study investigators. There are 8 office visits during the course of the approximately 16 week study.

If you have concerns regarding a loved one’s Alzheimer’s Agitation and you are interested in learning more about this research study, please contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567.  Research nurses are Qualified Dementia Care Specialists who will be able to provide further information.

Low Sex Drive

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

For quite a few women their once active sex lives have hit the skids.  A woman can likely still love her partner and crave intimacy, but thanks to hormonal shifts and physiological changes, desire and good sex are a thing of the past.

Coastal Connecticut Research is involved in a study testing a daily cream product to evaluate its impact on sexual desire, interest and satisfying sexual events.  Women who once had the urge to be intimate and had a satisfying sex life, but now experience lack of desire and lack of satisfaction, may be interested in learning more. This is a condition many women live with, but few are open to discussing due to the personal and intimate nature of the subject.

Contact a member of the CCRstudies team to discuss research for decreased sexual desire.  If you would like to learn more about becoming a research volunteer, call (860) 443-4567.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

 

CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

November is national Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Here at Coastal Connecticut Research, we’ve been heavily involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s.  We have conducted a variety of Alzheimer’s clinical research studies with primary investigator Dr. Laurence Radin, who specializes in neurology.  We have also provided community members with no cost memory screenings

as a public service through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s early detection program.  To date, over 100 no cost screenings have been offered to the public through our Mobile Memory Clinics.

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, degenerative condition.  Research will continue to help discover and  develop improved treatments for individuals living with memory loss.

If you or someone you know is living with memory loss, has a family history of memory loss, or would like to learn more about research involving memory loss, call to speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.