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Who Participates in Research?

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Have you ever been curious who participates in clinical research?  People just like you, that’s who!

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has welcomed volunteers from the community for many years.  Doctors, teachers, lawyers, grandparents, young mothers, young fathers, middle-aged professionals, empty nesters, and people from all walks of life participate in clinical research. What these individuals have in common is their desire to help others through giving of their time, one of their most precious resources.

Some people who participate in research have said they have “tried everything” for a particular condition and therefore want to evaluate a study product that might someday be made available for prescription.

We are truly grateful for each and every volunteer who walks through our door to be a part of clinical research studies.  If you are interested in learning more, call to speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567.  There is no cost to participate in research, no insurance is needed, and there is no cost for study-related care.

Difficult Behavior with Alzheimer’s

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s requires a tremendous amount of time, energy, patience, empathy and compassion.  But what happens to the caregiver when their loved one becomes abusive, verbally combative, and generally difficult?

Alzheimer’s disease does not just encompass memory loss.  Many of those living with Alzheimer’s will also develop agitation.  This difficult behavior can include repetition, mood swings, verbal combativeness, resistance, hitting, spitting and throwing things.  Some caregivers find themselves being hit or swung at.  Pacing and aimless wandering may occur, rocking, pointing fingers, and overall restlessness can make for a tremendous amount of stress and tension in addition to the other already difficult scenarios Alzheimer’s can present.

Over half of those living with Alzheimer’s will develop agitation.  This behavior may seem out of character and extreme but is not uncommon.  These symptoms can be a sign the Alzheimer’s disease is getting worse.

Research is underway involving Alzheimer’s patient living with agitation and their caregivers.  Dr. Laurence Radin and Andrea Stewart APRN are among the investigators working on a study locally.  Those who wish to learn more about Alzheimer’s agitation and Alzheimer’s research are welcome to call Coastal Connecticut Research in New London at (860) 443-4567.

Hey Moms- Participate in Research!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

After a busy and fun summer vacation, the kiddos are back in school and you’re wondering what to do!  Have you ever considered becoming a research volunteer?

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is a dedicated medical research facility in New London specializing in clinical research trials.  There is no cost to participate in a study, no insurance is needed, and all study-related labs, exams and testing is provided at no cost.  In addition, you might just feel really warm and fuzzy inside about becoming a research volunteer and helping to advance discoveries in medicine.

Women ages 18 and above who live with frequent urination and the urgent need to urinate might be eligible to participate in an Overactive Bladder study currently enrolling.  After you’ve put the kids on the bus, give CCRstudies a call to learn more about this study and other enrolling clinical research trials.  (860) 443-4567.

Alzheimer’s Agitation

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease can involve much more than memory loss.  Many of those living with Alzheimer’s can develop the symptoms of agitation – pacing, wandering, restlessness, mood swings and repetitive behaviors.  Is your loved one prone to outbursts or verbally combative?  Is the person with dementia in your life repeating himself/herself, asking the same question over and over again?

Research is underway in New London evaluating an investigational medication for people living with Alzheimer’s agitation.  Caregivers participate in the study as well.  A caregiver may be the spouse of the person with Alzheimer’s, an adult child, or a trusted friend or companion.  Often times these individuals are bearing a heavy burden in dealing with such unpredictable behavior.

Over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s and this number is expected to rise.  Research plays an invaluable role in trying to find a way to better deal with the difficult symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.  Someday, researchers hope to find a cure!

If you want to learn more about memory loss research, contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567.

Are You Living with an Overactive Bladder?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

You pee 8 times a day or more, and sometimes you don’t quite make it.

The sense of urgency when you have to urinate is no joke- you can’t go to a restaurant or the movies without getting up at least once or twice to use the restroom.

You’re embarrassed and annoyed – what do you pee all the time?

Overactive Bladder also known as OAB is a real medication condition affecting nearly 33 million Americans.  The urge to urinate, urinary frequency, leaks, and getting up in the night to pee can all be symptoms of OAB.

If the road you travels involves frequent trips to the loo, you may wish to know more about clinical research!  (860)443-4567.

Decreased Zest for Sex?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

July is a month for fireworks in our region.  How about those amazing Sailfest fireworks each year?  Are those the only fireworks you are experiencing?  Has your sizzle turned to fizzle in the boudoir?

Low libido affects many women.  Hormonal shifts associated with menopause can affect your body in a myriad of ways, even sometimes having an impact on your once active and fulfilling sex life.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is  conducting a research study evaluating an investigational product’s effectiveness on sexual desire and satisfaction.  Dr. Robert Spitz is the local study gynecologist.

Want to learn more?  Call to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567.  We look forward to hearing from you and sharing information regarding research participation.

Does Frequent Urination Impact Your Summer?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Summer’s here.  So many things to do – beaching, boating, hanging out at picnics.  The only problem is, you pee all the time and avoid these activities.  If you can’t be near a bathroom, you can’t go.

Many women live with the symptoms of Overactive Bladder also known as OAB but are too embarrassed to discuss this issue.  The frequent and urgent need to urinate, having some leakage or wetting accidents, and getting up in the night to pee are some of the symptoms of OAB.  Sound like you?

Coastal Connecticut Research is conducting a research study evaluating an investigational medication for women who live with Overactive Bladder.  Study gynecologist is Dr. Robert Spitz.  If you are a woman who is living with the symptoms of OAB and you are interested in learning more about research, call (860) 443-4567 to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team.

Summertime!

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

It’s summertime.  In New London, the home of Coastal Connecticut Research, this means cool breezes off the water, beautiful sailboats cruising up the Thames and school’s out!  Are you a teacher, a bus driver, or someone who just so happens to be lucky enough to take the summer off?  Have you considered helping others in between your days at the beach?

Research volunteers make a difference in the lives of others.  If you want to do something that could help others in the future, consider participating in research.  Be involved in a study to see if any breakthroughs are made in regards to treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer’s agitation, hot flashes and nights sweats, Lyme disease, and urinary urgency and frequency.

Your participation is a phone call away – call to see if you may be able to take this step!  (860) 443-4567.  After a visit  – grab a lobster roll by the water!

Thank You Volunteers!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

We here at Coastal Connecticut Research in New London are constantly amazed at what great volunteers we have. People who come to our site to participate in research and ultimately help others.  At the end of each study we like to ask our volunteers to evaluate their experience.  Here’s what they’re saying:

“It was a great first experience for a clinical research trial….I hope to participate in future studies for the sole benefit of helping future patients.”  K.

“The staff is a kind and caring professional group. I enjoy my time spent with them.  They make me feel special too.”  J.

To our volunteers – THANK YOU! To those who are considering participating in research – give us a call to learn more!  (860) 443-4567.

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.