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Alzheimer’s Agitation

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Are you a stressed out caregiver? Has mom or dad become too much to handle?  Are you a spouse living with someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and every day is a struggle?

Agitation in Alzheimer’s disease can be unpredictable and frustrating. Symptoms can include cursing or verbal combativeness, shouting, hitting or kicking, pushing or grabbing, pacing and aimless wandering, general restlessness and more. Does this sound like your loved one?

Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin and the CCRstudies team  are conducting the TRIAD Research Study.  Individuals with agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease along with their caregivers may be eligible to participate.  The study is evaluating and investigational medication that may help with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s agitation.  Agitation can be defined as the presence of one of more of these behavoirs:  excessive motor activity, verbal aggression, or physical aggression.

Males and females 50 to 90 years of age who have a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer’s disease may be eligible to participate.  The study has approximately 8 clinic visits over the course of 16 weeks. Reimbursement is available for time and travel.

If you know someone living at home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home who is living with Alzheimer’s agitation and you would like to learn more about the TRIAD Research Study, call (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Alzheimer’s Agitation

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

The holiday season is upon us. It’s supposed to be a joyful time.  For those individuals living with or caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s Agitation, this can be an extremely stressful time.

Unpredictable, agitated behavior due to Alzheimer’s disease can be frustrating and overwhelming for people who have a loved on in their life living with these symptoms. Wandering, pacing, screaming, swearing and hitting can be extremely unsettling symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  People unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s sometimes think memory loss is the only part of Alzheimer’s that affects people.  This is not so.

Alzheimer’s agitation can be disruptive, unpredictable and potentially harmful to people.  Physical and verbal aggression are among the most common expressions of this condition.

Research is underway in New London and nationwide testing an investigational medication to see if it may reduce the symptoms of agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease.  New London Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin and Andrea Stewart APRN are among the study investigators. There are 8 office visits during the course of the approximately 16 week study.

If you have concerns regarding a loved one’s Alzheimer’s Agitation and you are interested in learning more about this research study, please contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567.  Research nurses are Qualified Dementia Care Specialists who will be able to provide further information.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

 

CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

November is national Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Here at Coastal Connecticut Research, we’ve been heavily involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s.  We have conducted a variety of Alzheimer’s clinical research studies with primary investigator Dr. Laurence Radin, who specializes in neurology.  We have also provided community members with no cost memory screenings

as a public service through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s early detection program.  To date, over 100 no cost screenings have been offered to the public through our Mobile Memory Clinics.

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, degenerative condition.  Research will continue to help discover and  develop improved treatments for individuals living with memory loss.

If you or someone you know is living with memory loss, has a family history of memory loss, or would like to learn more about research involving memory loss, call to speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com. 

 

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.

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.

 

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

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.

 

 

 

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.

Observational Alzheimer’s Study

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Volunteers are needed for an exploratory, observational clinical study for memory loss in New London.  The study is looking to see if having markers for dementia, such as brain wave patterns, blood, and cognition will help diagnose and monitor Alzheimer’s Disease more easily and earlier in the future.  Coastal Connecticut Research is seeking individuals in the early stages of memory loss to participate in this clinical research trial.

If you or someone you know living with dementia is under the age of 90, you may be eligible to participate in this clinical research study.  Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin is the study doctor.  The study team is comprised of highly trained nurses and Qualified Dementia Care Specialists.

Study tests are non-invasive.  All study-related labs, exams and testing are provided at no cost.  No insurance is required. Reimbursement is available for time and travel.  If you have questions or interest in this study, contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Community Outreach

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Sarah Ballard, LPN, Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, and MaryLou Gannotti, PR & Communications, met quite a few individuals at the Total Life Expo this past weekend at Mohegan Sun.  In all, CCRstudies was able to provide 24 memory screenings at the all-day event.

Quite a few people visited our booth, and many indicated they were interested in memory screenings but “feared” the result, and did not wish to know.  Early detection is key in creating a treatment plan for those who are living with memory loss.  While we understand the fear and apprehension some people face, we stress that our memory screenings are confidential and results can be shared with your health care providers if you wish.  A tremendous burden is faced by caregivers and over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s and while early detection will not prevent the inevitable, it does a tremendous amount to help raise awareness and help to identify how to move forward.

Study volunteers are needed for a variety of clinical research trials here in New London, and we are so pleased to have met some wonderful individuals at the Total Life Expo.  Many thanks to the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to participate in this worthwhile event.  Contact us today at (860)443-4567.