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Birth Control Research

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Part of this article, written by CCRstudies team member MaryLou Gannotti, was published in the TIMES local newspapers:

Contraception, when used correctly and consistently, is a method of avoiding an unintentional pregnancy.  Birth control methods have been documented over the course of centuries.  Methods of contraception dating as far back to ancient Egyptian times included the use of barrier methods created with natural substances, lactation to suppress ovulation, and coitus interruptus.

Over the course of time contraceptive methods evolved, but it was not until the early 20th in century in the United States when women’s access to safe and reliable birth control became an issue for political activists.  Women at the forefront of this movement included Margaret Sanger.

Despite the growing women’s liberation movement, many American women were still in the dark regarding contraception. Dee, who was born in 1938, knew very little in regards to birth control and family planning as she reached adulthood. According to Dee, now a wizened senior citizen, she utilized natural family planning during the early years of her marriage.   Dee, who is very comical, says, “I used to use the rhythm method, but I was never very good with math, I kept getting pregnant.” During the 1960’s Dee had her first three children in just two years. Eventually Dee’s doctor presented her with some family planning options that were more medically reliable than her “bad math.” Dee’s initial lessons in birth control, as handed down to her by her immigrant mother consisted of “you play with fire, you get burned.”  Many have heard the jokes about keeping an “aspirin between the knees” to prevent pregnancy.  For some women, their knowledge of reproduction and contraception was vague and unclear, and they realized soon the good old aspirin trick really didn’t work.

Lack of access to birth control for first half of the 20th century was not unusual, even for married women.   A law which existed here in Connecticut did not allow individuals to use “any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception.” Griswold vs. Connecticut was tried before the Supreme Court and the law was struck down indicating it violated marital privacy.

Today, women have a wide variety of options in regarding to choosing how and when to start a family.  In addition, some women have found secondary reasons for using hormonal contraceptives to address the symptoms of various conditions including heavy menstrual bleeding, painful menses, irregular periods, endometriosis, and even acne.

We thank all those who come forward to be a part of the clinical research process evaluating birth control study products.

 

Local Migraine Clinical Trial

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Migraines aren’t all in your head!  12 percent of the population suffers with migraine headaches. Are you among them?  Sensitivity to lights, sounds, smells, nausea, pain, and the inability for some to focus at work.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is proud to be involved in migraine research. Questions about what’s happening in migraine research? We’d love to share with you what we do here. Call (860)443-4567.

Mobile Memory Clinic in Old Lyme

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

A Mobile Memory Clinic will be held at the Lyme’s Senior Center on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 12:30pm to 3:00pm.

The Lyme’s Senior Center and Coastal Connecticut Research in New London are partnering to offer no cost, confidential memory screenings as a service to the community for memory loss or suspected early signs of Alzheimer’s.

Individual memory screenings at the Lyme’s Senior Center must be by appointment. Call 860-434-1605 ext. 240. Memory screenings will take approximately 15 minutes.

Since the inception of the Alzheimer’s national memory screening program over 2.5 million people have been screened worldwide.  Locally, Coastal Connecticut Research has conducted over 100 no cost memory screenings as part of this Alzheimer’s initiative. Memory screenings are a significant first step towards identifying memory problems.   The screenings are conducted by medical staff trained as Qualified Dementia Care Specialists, the highest level of certification awarded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

The Lyme’s Senior Center is located at 26 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme.

A New Year

Monday, December 30th, 2019

2020. A new year is upon us.  It’s a time for people to make and ideally keep, resolutions.

Do you resolve to help others?  Did you know participating in research can help countless people through the development of new treatments for chronic conditions or diseases?

Coastal Connecticut Research has been conducting clinical research trials for two decades.  With your help, we can continue to make advancements in medicine by evaluating study products, devices and in some cases, developing new ways of testing.

So, this year when you decide you want to do something meaningful, please consider becoming a research volunteer!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Are you decking the halls with boughs of holly?  Here at CCRstudies in New London, we would like to thank our valued study volunteers for their participation in clinical research this past year.

With 2020 in mind, we hope as you enter the new year you might consider participating in clinical research.  Many people resolve to be more giving, and often assume this involves writing a check to support a local charity or cause.  While this is a wonderful and worthy way to give back, have you ever thought of donating your time to others by participating in research?  It is a wonderful way to pay it forward.

The CCRstudies team had the good fortune of spending part of the busy month on December in bustling NYC.  We took in a show at Radio City Music Hall, met a real, live Rockette, and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city.

Thank you again to all those medical heroes who come forward to participate in clinical research trials. We wish you a very happy holiday season!

Mrs. Judy Spitz, Dr. Robert Spitz, Kelley Sanok, RN, Mrs. Claus, MaryLou Gannotti, Diane Palmer, RN and Renee Cooper

 

Migraine Research

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

It was recently announced the FDA approved a medication to treat an acute migraine.  Did you know research is currently underway evaluating study treatments to potentially prevent a migraine from even happening?

Migraine headaches affect up to 12 percent of the population.  The majority of migraine sufferers are female.  When a migraine strikes, people often find themselves nauseous, sensitive to lights and sounds, and in tremendous pain.  Many have found past treatments have failed.  What is a migraine sufferer to do?

Migraines are often misunderstood and not everyone realizes just how incapacitating the condition can be.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has been involved in migraine research with study volunteers.  People who suffer from chronic migraines and wish to learn more about research, migraine research and the role of a study volunteer are welcome to call to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567. You can also text keyword CCR to 74121 or sign up for future studies online at CCRstudies.com.

Women’s Wellness Event

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Many thanks to the Public Library of New London for allowing Coastal Connecticut Research to present a Women’s Wellness Forum on the changes experienced during menopause.  The purpose of the evening was to provide those in attendance with information on what is happening to their bodies during menopause and ways these symptoms can be addressed.  The program touched upon proper nutrition, mindfulness and clinical research for hot flashes and night sweats.  There was no “one size fits all” approach to what women need to do, rather, information was shared on how women can address a myriad of symptoms caused by hormonal and metabolic changes.  Presenters included Alison Dvora  k, MS, Certified Nutritionist and Registered Dietician, Lisa Bragaw, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, yoga and wellness instructor and Coastal Connecticut Research Medical Director Dr. Robert M. Spitz.  As Lisa Bragaw PharmD. reminded the group,  “you cannot serve from an empty vessel.  Self care is not selfish.”

 

Dr. Robert M. Spitz, Medical Director, Coastal Connecticut Research

Lisa Bragaw PharmD., Zen and Now Wellness Studio

Alison Dvorak, C.N., R.D., Senior Resources Agency on Aging

An attentive group of guests

 

 

Mobile Memory Clinic in Mystic

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

 

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Coastal Connecticut Research in partnership with Masonicare will be hosting a Mobile Memory Clinic on Tuesday, November 12th at Masonicare, 45 Clara Drive in Mystic.  The no cost memory screenings are part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Program.  Memory screenings are a confidential service to test memory and other thinking skills.  To date, 5 million Americans have been screened as part of this effort to promote brain health.  Locally, Coastal Connecticut Research has screened over 100 individuals.  Each individual screening takes approximately 15 minutes.

Diane Palmer, RN, is a Qualified Dementia Care Specialist who will provide the screenings as a service to the public. Call Masonicare to schedule your appointment at (860)367-8320.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

 

The SKYLIGHT clinical study is seeking eligible candidates for a non-hormonal, investigational drug for hot flashes.

Hot flash clinical study

Call (860)443-4567

Study Gynecologist: Dr. Robert M. Spitz

Sign up online
www.CCRstudies.com

Coastal Connecticut Research

 

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Women’s Wellness and You!

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

 

Are you a woman who has been through menopause (no period for at least one year?)

Have you ever wondered why there have been so many changes to your body?  Have you gained weight thanks to a slowing metabolism?  Feeling flushed and sweating thanks to hot flashes?  You’re not alone!

When it comes to a woman’s body and the many changes females undergo during their lifetime, sometimes many women are in the dark.  Coastal Connecticut Research in New London would like to shed some light on the many mysteries regarding menopause.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 20th at the Public Library of New London for a “Women and Menopause” event.  All are welcome! Speakers will include Dr. Robert M. Spitz, Medical Director of Coastal Connecticut Research along with Alison Dvorak, MS, RDN, and CDN, a Registered Dietician who holds many responsibilities with local non-profit Senior Resources, Agency on Aging and Lisa Bragaw, PharmD, who is a clinical pharmacist, yoga and wellness instructor and owner of Zen and Now Wellness Studio.   Discussion topics will include the physiological changes a woman undergoes with menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, feminine dryness, decreased libido, as well as hormonal shifts and various treatments and studies.  In regards to nutrition, key highlights will include how to eat and maintain proper weight and health, navigating holiday temptations with a slowing metabolism and how food can improve mood.  The mindfulness portion will focus on how yoga and other integrative therapies can reduce stress, improve mood and help women deal with changing hormone levels holistically.

The event kicks off at 5:15pm and will end at 6:45pm.  We can’t wait for your to join us!