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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!

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.

Decreased Desire Study Update

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Research volunteers truly do make a difference in this world.  It has been announced The Reconnect Studies, investigating bremelanotide as an on-demand treatment for premenopausal women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) has met the pre-specified co-primary efficacy endpoints in both Phase 3 clinical trials.

Palatin is developing bremelanotide as a subcutaneous, on-demand, as needed treatment for women who have not yet experienced menopause and have been diagnosed with HSDD.

“It was reported women using bremelanotide had clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvements in their desire and associated distress which are the defining clinical issues for an HSDD diagnosis,” said Carl Spana, Ph.D., President and CEO of Palatin.  He continued, “I am especially grateful to all of the women who volunteered to be a part of these studies.”

The CCRstudies team wishes to thank those women who came forward to participate in The Reconnect Study here in New London.  Dr. Robert Spitz served as the Primary Investigator of the study conducted at Coastal Connecticut Research, and Jessie Jellison Hatfield, LPN served as Study Coordinator.  We are truly grateful for all those who continually come forward to participate in research!

If you wish to learn more about becoming a volunteer for current or future studies are welcome to contact us today at (860)443-4567.

Sweating From Hot Flashes?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

They say “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” But, what if that kitchen is without an exit?  Two thirds of American women are reported to suffer from postmenopausal hot flashes.  If you no longer get your monthly menstrual period, and you are living with bothersome hot flashes, you may be interested in learning more about a clinical research study underway in New London testing a non-hormonal investigational medication for the treatment of hot flashes.  Women 40-65 may be eligible to participate in the research study.

It’s summer in Southeastern Connecticut and the weather has been hot and humid, which makes those living with hot flashes extremely uncomfortable.  Participation in The Hot Flash Study could lead to a new treatment for this condition and increased understanding of hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

Contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 to see if you may qualify, or take the pre-screener online at http://www.thehotflashstudy.com. You are also welcome to email MaryLou@ccrstudies.com.  There is no cost to participate in the research study, no insurance needed.  Reimbursement of up to $525 is available for time and travel.  The study consists of 7 office visits over the course of 3 months.

Study visits will take place on Montauk Avenue in New London.  Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Craig McKnight are the local study gynecologists.

If you are a woman living with hot flashes, you are welcome to call (860)443-4567.

 

 

 

 

Overactive Bladder Research Study

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a condition experienced by 200 million people throughout the world. People living with OAB often experience a sudden and urgent need to use the bathroom, waking up to go to the bathroom more than once per night, incontinence, and frequent trips to the bathroom.  What causes OAB is not fully understood, but it is believed the bladder muscle becomes overactive and contracts when you don’t want it to.

Treatments for OAB are available, but different age groups respond in different ways to medication.  CCRstudies is currently conducting a clinical research trial for women 65 and older who are living with OAB.  The study medication being evaluated is FDA-approved.  There is no cost to participate in the clinical research study, and no cost for the study medication.  There are 7 office visits over the course 20 weeks.  Reimbursement of up to $525 is available to the study patient for time and travel.  Dr. Robert Spitz is the study doctor, and all visits will take place in New London at 342 Montauk Avenue.

If you are a woman over 65 who is living with Overactive Bladder, you are welcome to contact a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more about this clinical research trial. Call (860)443-4567, or email marylou@ccrstudies.com. 

Stay Informed About Research Study Options

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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If you are a woman who experiences frequent hot flashes, you may feel that your condition is an obstacle to your daily activities.  Symptoms may be uncomfortable, and their inconvenient timing may feel out of control or even embarrassing.

Two thirds of American women experience hot flashes in their lifetime.  If you have gone through menopause and are living with hot flashes you may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study.

We are evaluating a non-hormonal option for hot flashes.  Study related medical care provided at no cost and reimbursement is available for time and travel.

Local Study Gynecologists include Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Craig McKnight.  Call to (860)443-4567 to speak to a member of the CCRstudies team  or take the online pre-screener at www.thehotflashstudy.com.

The Hot Flash Study

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

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Sweating From Hot Flashes?

Two thirds of American women experience hot flashes in their lifetime.  If you have gone through menopause (the loss of your period) and are living with hot flashes you may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study in New London.

The investigational study medication is a non-hormonal option for hot flashes.  Study related medical care is provided at no cost and reimbursement is available for time and travel. Local gynecologists Robert M. Spitz, MD and Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD are the study doctors.

If you are a woman who is living with hot flashes and night sweats, you may wish to learn more by contacting a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email MaryLou@ccrstudies.com.

Itching for Romance?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Vaginal dryness affects many women who no longer have their monthly period.   Some women lose their period naturally as a result of menopause, while other women no longer menstruate due to the hormonal changes caused by a hysterectomy.

Some women who once experienced a fulfilling romantic life with their partner may now experience itching, irritation, and painful intercourse as a result of the dryness.

Clinical research is currently underway  in New London testing an investigational medication for the treatment of vaginal dryness.  This medication is hormone-based and administered internally.   Study gynecologists include Robert M. Spitz, MD and Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD.  Study nurses are Beth Rogers, LPN and Jessie Jellison Hatfield, LPN.

There is no cost to participate in the study, no cost investigational medication, and reimbursement is available for time and travel.  Call MaryLou on the CCRstudies line at (860)443-4567 for further details.

Birth Control Study in New London

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Female volunteers are needed to participate in a currently enrolling clinical research study testing an investigational vaginal ring for birth control.  If you are a woman above the age of 18 who is not planning on having a child within the next year, contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 to learn more about this clinical research study.  There is no cost to participate, no cost for the “V” ring, and reimbursement is available for time and travel for those who enter into the study. (860)443-4567. Study gynecologists include Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Craig McKnight. All study visits will take place on Montauk Avenue in New London.

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Hot Flash Study

Monday, January 4th, 2016

After a record mild December with spring buds popping up in backyards in the region, January has descended upon us and it is starting to feel a little more like winter. Even though things can get pretty chilly this time of year, some women still find themselves burning up with hot flashes.

Hot flashes can affect women several years after menopause.  Hot flashes can range anywhere from mild, to moderate or severe.  Some women find themselves rushing to find relief, whether it’s stripping off layers, cooling themselves in front of the fridge or freezer, carrying a portable fan, or tossing off bed covers during a night sweat.  Regardless of when and where hot flashes and night sweats strike, they are quite bothersome and disruptive for many women. Secondary problems such as insomnia, irritability, and mood swings can set in thanks to the lost sleep and discomfort experienced by women living with these symptoms.

CCRstudies is currently enrolling eligible volunteers for a hot flash study in New London. We are testing an investigational medication to be used for the treatment of hot flashes and night sweats  in postmenopausal women (those who no longer menstruate).  The study will be conducted on Montauk Avenue by Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Craig McKnight. There is no cost to participate and no cost for the study medication.  If you are a woman who is living with postmenopausal hot flashes and you are interested in becoming a study volunteer, contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567.  We would be happy to answer your questions and discuss the role of the study volunteer. Reimbursement is available for time and travel. (860)443-4567.