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

Archive for the ‘ Healthcare ’ Category

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.

 

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!

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.

No Cost Memory Screenings, Total Life Expo

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

For the second consecutive year Coastal Connecticut Research will be offering no cost memory screenings at the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Total Life Expo. This massive health fair and vendor exhibition takes place at Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, October 21st from 10 am until 2pm.

We are proud to be associate members of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America enabling us to help fight memory disease through early detection.

Get your no cost “check up from the neck up.”  Think of it as a healthy brain check up!  Can’t make it to the Sun?  Give us a call in our office for your evaluation at 860-443-4567. Our nurses are trained dementia care specialists and we look forward to hearing from you.

Concerned about mild memory or possible Alzheimer’s?  Does a family member have dementia?  (860) 443-4567.

Taking a Chance Every Month?

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Are you a sexually active woman who should be using birth control on a regular basis but isn’t?

It’s the heat of the moment and you and your partner are about to get down and funky.  You’ve been together for several years, and he flat out refuses to wear a condom, saying it doesn’t fit right. Or, if he does use a condom, he does so with a bit of complaint.  You’ve tried the pill, depo-shots, IUD’s, and the feeling of bloat, mood swings and discomfort left you feeling kind of crummy.  There have been a few months you’ve been so caught up in the excitement or romance you have neglected to use birth control.  These moments of forgetfulness can lead to a heck of a lot of responsibility 9 months down the road!

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is conducting a birth control study testing a non-hormonal gel.  Female volunteers are needed for the study.  You will receive the investigational product at no cost. Reimbursement of up to $100 per visit is available for time and travel.  There are 5 study visits over the course of the 36 week research study period.  Dr. Robert Spitz is the local study doctor. All visits take place on Montauk Avenue in New London.

Call today to learn more!  (860) 443-4567. Speak to Kelley, our study nurse, or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

We look forward to hearing from you today.

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.

 

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.

 

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.