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Leak When You Laugh?

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Leak when you laugh?  Dribble when you dance?  Cross your legs tightly when you cough or sneeze for fear of pee coming out?

1 in 3 women live with stress urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine.  Weakened pelvic muscles and a weakened sphincter due to childbirth can contribute to this, as well as multiple vaginal deliveries.  Not every woman keeps up with her kegels, and many of us aren’t too thrilled with the idea of kegel balls. Women are more likely than men to live with uncontrolled urine leaks.

What’s a woman to do?  Research is underway in New London for stress urinary incontinence (urine leaks.)  Those interested in learning more are welcome to call (860) 443-4567.  The CCRstudies team is part of a nationwide effort testing an investigational medication for the treatment of involuntary urine leaks.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

Migraine Headache Research

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Research will be underway shortly in New London to test the safety and efficacy of a migraine prevention treatment.  Currently 3 million Americans report they suffer with migraine headaches. Migraine symptoms can range from moderate to severe and the headaches can start as early as childhood or young adulthood.

When someone is suffering from a migraine, they may experience nausea, blurred vision or auras, a sensitivity to lights, sounds, and odors, as well as a persistent throbbing pain behind the eyes or temples. A migraine can be “the mother of all headaches” in regards to the sometimes crippling pain.  This pain may be present on one of both sides of the head.  A migraine can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours.  Researchers have taken a look at a variety of factors that might lead to a migraine including the chemical balance in the brain, hormonal fluctuations and reactions to food, environment and stress among other contributors.

Dr. Laurence Radin, New London neurologist, will serve as the Migraine Prevention study’s Primary Investigator. His team will consist of Andrea Stewart APRN and Jessie Hatfield LPN.  The study will be conducted at Coastal Connecticut Research in New London.  Those interested in learning more can call and speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Coastal Connecticut Research in the Community

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

It’s been a busy winter thus far at Coastal Connecticut Research.  We continue to serve the community through a variety of endeavors such as educational presentations and through our Mobile Memory Clinics.  Members of the CCRstudies team had the good fortune of visiting the AHEPA apartments on Hamilton Avenue in Norwich to conduct free memory screenings and we will be conducting a no cost Mobile Memory Clinic at the AHEPA apartments in Groton later this month. Thanks to Taylor Martinez of AHEPA for helping to coordinate this event. Her hospitality is greatly appreciated.

Mike Minarsky and his morning crew at Wolverine Radio 1690AM graciously provided us with the opportunity to be guests on the morning show.  CCRstudies team member MaryLou Gannotti was Mike’s guest for the hour.  The two discussed clinical research studies, and Mike was particularly interested in learning more about the Overactive Bladder study for women ages 65 and older.  There was also discussion on our Mobile Memory Clinics and no cost memory testing.  We highlighted our current research and discussed past studies as well.  It was a great opportunity to get the word out regarding studies and Mike and his morning crew have invited us back for a future appearance.  We can’t wait!

If you are a member of a community organization who wishes to learn more about Coastal Connecticut Research and our outreach endeavors, contact MaryLou Gannotti by phone at (860)443-4567 or email mailto:marylou@ccrstudies.com.  If you would like to learn more about research, contact a member of the study team at (860)443-4567.

CCRstudies on the Air!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Make sure your digital dial is set to Wolverine Radio next week!  CCRstudies will be hitting the airwaves with Wolverine Radio’s Mike Minarsky on January 10th from 9-10am for the morning show.  We look forward to sharing information regarding clinical research with Wolverine Radio listeners.

You can tune into the station on 1690 am or stream at http://wolverine-radio.com/ .  Morning show host Mike Minarsky is graciously providing us with one hour to share information regarding our enrolling and upcoming clinical research studies.  We’ll discuss conditions such as overactive bladder, memory loss, constipation, migraine headaches, and feminine dryness.  We encourage listeners to call in with their questions, or call  us directly after the show at (860)443-4567.  MaryLou Gannotti will be chatting with Mike and we are hoping Diane Palmer, RN, Site Administrator and Plainfield native, makes an appearance back in her Eastern Connecticut stomping grounds.

We’ll “see” you on the radio!

Overactive Bladder

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Susan, 67,  had lived with frequent urination for the past several years.  Rushing to the bathroom, being unable to sit through a movie, always making a trip to the restroom before ordering at a restaurant and returning to the restroom prior to dessert were par for the course for Susan.  A few times a week, Susan barely made it to the bathroom since she felt such a sudden urge to urinate.  She wore pads daily, an expense she did not like incurring but felt was necessary for those times she didn’t quite make it to the toilet and leaked.

Susan was unaware she was living with a real medication condition known as Overactive Bladder or OAB.  With a normal bladder, you control when you go to the bathroom.  With Overactive Bladder, you are controlled by the frequent and sudden urges to urinate.

In addition to not knowing she was living with Overactive Bladder (OAB), Susan was also unaware there were medications on the market to help control the symptoms of this condition.  She heard about a research study seeking women living with Overactive Bladder and it finally occurred to her this is something she might be living with.

Unfortunately, quite a few women living with OAB might dismiss their symptoms.  Some women may attribute their lack of bladder control to aging, childbirth or weakened muscles.  Some might think these symptoms are normal, or there is nothing they can do about it.

Investigational medications and FDA-approved medications continue to be tested in the clinical trial process to evaluate their safety and efficacy.  Clinical research is underway in New London on a FDA-approved medication.  Women who are 65 and older who visit the bathroom more than 8 times per day might be interested in learning more.  Robert M. Spitz, MD is the study doctor.  Call (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com to learn more.