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Migraine Headaches

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

For years, Susan had been living with incapacitating headaches that sometimes caused her to miss work or family events.  The headaches began in her late teens and have lasted until now, her mid-30’s.  Sometimes the headaches would start on a Monday and stretch all the way until Wednesday.  Quite frequently with these headaches Susan would experience nausea, as well as sensitivity to lights and sounds.  When these headaches came on, Susan would turn off all the lights, avoid people and hunker down.  What Susan did not realize is her headaches were in fact migraines!

Not everyone who lives with migraine headaches realize they are in fact getting a migraine.  3 million Americans are currently suffering with this condition.  Vision can become blurred, people can experience fatigue, stomach upset, and intense, throbbing pain.

Research is underway in New London testing an investigational medication for the prevention of migraine headaches. Dr. Laurence Radin, Dr. Edward McDermott, and Andrea Stewart APRN are members of a  Migraine Prevention Study  research team in New London. Individuals living with migraine headaches who may wish to learn more about this 9-month research study are welcome to call to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

 

Understanding Alzheimer’s Research

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Recently, we had the pleasure of attending the first annual Senior Strong Summit in Mystic, Connecticut. The program focused on topics ranging from estate planning to Alzheimer’s disease care giving and research.  The event was organized by the Mystic Geriatrics Institute, an newly formed non-profit with a focus on the changing face of elder care and empowering seniors.

We feel it’s important to participate in such events to educate the public on the important role research plays in the future treatment of disease.  Ideally those who conduct research throughout the world can someday find a cure for this global epidemic of the aging population which currently affects 5 million Americans.  What we shared with those in attendance is the current research at our site takes different approaches to Alzheimer’s.  Some of studies testing investigational medications focus on improving Alzheimer’s symptoms, with a future goal of better treating the disease.   We have tested investigational medications designed to target memory, thinking, reasoning and cognition. We are also in the process of testing an investigational medication for those living with mild dementia designed to promote better sleep.  Observational studies, those studies that do not test a medication, have looked at ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier and more accurately. Some observational studies focus on biomarkers such as blood,  brain wave patterns and Amyloid proteins on the brain.  Just as each and every person is different, each and every research study we conduct is different. Our studies are conducted with highest ethical standards.

As noted to those who attended the Senior Strong Summit, clinical research follows a protocol which is black and white, but Alzheimer’s disease has many shades of gray and creates some complex issues for the person suffering from the disease and those caring for the person living with the disease.   Those who consent to clinical research are participating as volunteers, and their participation can someday help others living with the same condition.

Call us at (860) 443-4567 if you would like to learn more about research or wish for us to participate in your next event.

 

Let’s Hear from You!

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Are you an active member of the community?  Does your organization promote good work throughout the region? We’d like to hear from you!

Coastal Connecticut Research has been active in the community, participating in health fairs, senior expos, free memory screenings, and free lectures. We have the opportunity to meet potential volunteers throughout the region and we often include this information on our website and Facebook page.

We’ve decided since so many exciting things are happening in our region, it’s important to share with others!  So, please let us know what you and your group are up to and we’ll help spread the word through our social media pages.  Call MaryLou Gannotti who handles our outreach at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.  We can’t wait to hear your good news!

Technology and the Brain

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

We in the 21st century are living in an advanced age.  At the click of our fingers, we have access to a plethora of information thanks to the world wide web.  Virtually everyone carries a smartphone, a revolution in technology.  So much for looking things up in our “Funk and Wagnalls” encyclopedia!

The advent of technology has also had an impact on modern medicine and research.  Technology that provides “a window on the brain”* has become a part of the clinical trial process for Alzheimer’s research.

To better treat Alzheimer’s, we need to better understand the disease.  Research which looks at markers for having dementia – brain wave patterns, blood, thinking, reasoning, and remembering, can help better diagnose and ultimately monitor Alzheimer’s  in the future.  MRI’s, CT scans and PET scans are also utilized.

A research registry is currently enrolling eligible volunteers ages 50 and above who have cognitive impairment of suspected Alzheimer’s disease.  The research opportunity provides a no cost PET scan (positron emmission tomography),  This “picture of the brain” will help to identify the amyloid plaque (a buildup of sticky protein) in the brain.  These proteins are one of the hallmarks of memory disease.

Those who are interested in learning more about research opportunities for individuals with memory loss are welcome to contact Coastal Connecticut Research at (860) 443-4567.  The memory loss research team includes local neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin, Andrea Stewart APRN, Diane Palmer RN, Jeannine Elliott RN and Jessie Hatfield LPN.

 

 

 

 

 

*The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

Are You Constipated?

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Sally has to put her legs up on a stool in order to help facilitate a bowel movement. Her bm’s are infrequent and she usually finds herself straining and unable to “get it all out.”

Jim finds he can’t poop more than three times a week, and even then he has hard, lumpy stools. Jim has used stool softeners, laxatives, and  tried eating more high fiber foods, but he still suffers from constipation.

Statistics show over 60 million Americans live with chronic constipation.  CCRstudies is currently conducting constipation research evaluating an FDA approved medication in a new formulation.

Coastal Connecticut Research has recently welcomed gastroenterologist Dr. Alan Greenwald to our research office, and he is serving as an investigator on the study along with Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Edward McDermott Jr.  Individuals who are living with constipation and who wish to learn more about becoming a research volunteer can call (860) 443-4567.

 

Volunteers are Special

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

We are so grateful to our many study volunteers! These men and women come from diverse backgrounds, but share a desire to help others through research.

As our volunteers complete a study, we ask them to evaluate their experience with us.  It is always heartwarming to see what comments study participants share with us upon their departure.

Recently “J”  from the Connecticut’s Quiet Corner completed a study with us.  According to “J” her overall experience was “outstanding” and she “wants to come back.”  We hope to see “J” again, and remind those who have participated in a study they are welcome to participate in future studies should they meet the criteria.

There is no cost to participate in a clinical research trial and no insurance is needed.  Call a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more at (860) 443-4567.  Your privacy will be respected and your participation will remain confidential.  We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Spring Ahead!

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Swing into spring with Coastal Connecticut Research!  Do you have an added pep in your step as you see the spring bulbs pushing up from the Earth?  Does the extra hour of daylight give you increased energy and vitality?  If you are feeling like you would like to accomplish something this spring, perhaps you would like to consider becoming a research volunteer!

A wide variety of clinical research studies are currently enrolling!  Enrolling studies are detailed on the upper left section of our home page.  We always welcome inquiries by phone if you would like to learn more.  Call a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567 today.  In addition, you can visit us at a variety of events this spring.  We’ll be participating in the Norwich Bulletin’s Senior Expo at the Holiday Inn in Norwich on April 19th, the Provider Market at the Groton Senior Center on April 21st, and Chase Manor’s Resource Fair in Norwich on June 7th.  We are also available to visit your organization if you are interested in one of our educational presentations.  Contact marylou@ccrstudies.com for further information.

Swing into spring as a CCRstudies volunteer!  There is no cost to participate in a clinical research trial and reimbursement is available for time and travel.

Migraine Prevention Study

Monday, February 27th, 2017

The following article appeared in The Times “Health Wise” column, published by The Day newspaper.

You’re queasy. You have to turn off the lights, your head pain is so bad. It feels as if someone is hitting you in the face with a hammer. One side of your head is throbbing. What has brought on this angst? Tension? Stress? Chances are, if you are living with this type of pain, you are having a migraine headache. You head hurts so much, there seems to be no relief in sight.

A migraine is a type of headache which is intense and severe. In addition to head pain, additional migraine symptoms can include nausea, pain in the temples or pain behind one eye or your ear. People also report sensitivity to light, sounds and odors. Some migraines are more moderate, while others are more severe. It is not uncommon for individuals suffering with a migraine to have pain so intense it affects daily life. Vision can become blurred, and some people will see bright flashing lights, wavy lines or jagged lines, also known as an aura. Your migraine headache might also bring on stomach upset, fatigue and dizzy spells.

It has been reported that 3 million Americans currently suffer with migraine headaches. Migraines can begin as early as childhood, but may also manifest themselves in adolescence or in the young adult years.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are four stages that a migraine progresses through including “prodrome, aura, headache and post-drome.” Not everyone experiences all of these stages.

The prodrome stage occurs in the days leading up to the migraine headache. The sufferer may experience a plethora of symptoms which could include mood changes, depression, neck stiffness, constipation, food cravings, increased urination, and increased thirst. During or before the onset of a migraine some individuals might experience an aura, but not all do. Once the migraine hits, it can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days without treatment. Just as each person is different, each migraine can be different.

After the migraine headache has dissipated, the “post-drome” stage takes place. Some individuals are left feeling utterly depleted after a migraine while others might experience the opposite symptoms, feeling significantly better than even before the migraine hit.

The causes of migraine headaches are not fully understood and new approaches are being tested to treat them before they strike. For some women, hormonal changes such as menopause or pregnancy can bring upon migraines. An imbalance in brain chemicals, goods, food additives, alcohol, sleep patterns, stress and a variety of physical and environmental factors may also contribute to what is a very unsettling syndrome for many.

Migraine headaches are painful, disruptive and for many, can be life limiting. As we move forward in regards to migraine research, ideally we can move forward with improved treatments.

In New London, research is underway to test a preventative treatment for migraine headaches. For individuals suffering 15 or more days of migraines each month, this investigational treatment is currently in the clinical trial phase. Those who are living with chronic migraines are welcome to contact the research site at (860)443-4567 to learn more about the study or visit www.CCRstudies.com to learn more about the clinical trial process.

 

 

 

Welcome Jeannine Elliott RN!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

We are delighted to welcome our new Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator, Jeannine Elliott RN, to the CCRstudies team!   Jeannine has had a successful 20-year career as an RN, and her responsibilities have ranged from coordinating oncology clinical trials to serving as an ER nurse and patient educator.  She brings her enthusiasm and knowledge to the Coastal Connecticut Research office.
Jeannine is currently screening patients for our Constipation Study and she will be working on a variety of other clinical research trials. Jeannine holds an Associates of Science in Nursing and an Associates of Science in Liberal Arts from Three Rivers Community Technical College.  She is nearing the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  Jeannine holds an Oncology Nursing Certification, a Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Certification and is CPR certified.  Welcome aboard Jeannine!

Welcome Dr. Greenwald!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

 Alan Greenwald, MD, Digestive Disease Specialist, is now affiliated with Coastal Connecticut Research in New London as a study investigator. Dr. Greenwald will continue to maintain his private practice in New London, Digestive Diseases Associates, while participating as an investigator with Coastal Connecticut Research.

Dr. Greenwald is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is Chairman of the Gastroenterology Department at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Dr. Greenwald specializes in all aspects of diseases related to the liver and digestive tract, including nutrition and cancer screening. He will be involved in a constipation study at Coastal Connecticut Research. Dr. Greenwald has been selected as one of the Top Docs in Gastroenterology in Connecticut Magazine 2012-2016.

Coastal Connecticut Research, also known as CCRstudies, is a health care facility located at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London specializing in clinical research trials. Robert M. Spitz, MD, serves as Medical Director of the site. To learn more regarding the constipation study at Coastal Connecticut Research or other research trials, visit www.CCRstudies.com or call (860)443-4567.