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Does Frequent Urination Impact Your Summer?

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Summer’s here.  So many things to do – beaching, boating, hanging out at picnics.  The only problem is, you pee all the time and avoid these activities.  If you can’t be near a bathroom, you can’t go.

Many women live with the symptoms of Overactive Bladder also known as OAB but are too embarrassed to discuss this issue.  The frequent and urgent need to urinate, having some leakage or wetting accidents, and getting up in the night to pee are some of the symptoms of OAB.  Sound like you?

Coastal Connecticut Research is conducting a research study evaluating an investigational medication for women who live with Overactive Bladder.  Study gynecologist is Dr. Robert Spitz.  If you are a woman who is living with the symptoms of OAB and you are interested in learning more about research, call (860) 443-4567 to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team.

Thank You Volunteers!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

We here at Coastal Connecticut Research in New London are constantly amazed at what great volunteers we have. People who come to our site to participate in research and ultimately help others.  At the end of each study we like to ask our volunteers to evaluate their experience.  Here’s what they’re saying:

“It was a great first experience for a clinical research trial….I hope to participate in future studies for the sole benefit of helping future patients.”  K.

“The staff is a kind and caring professional group. I enjoy my time spent with them.  They make me feel special too.”  J.

To our volunteers – THANK YOU! To those who are considering participating in research – give us a call to learn more!  (860) 443-4567.

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!

Warm Yourself This Winter-Volunteer

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Studies have shown people feel better when they volunteer!
It’s that intangible, warm fuzzy feeling you can’t quite pinpoint, but you know there’s a little more of a spring in your step when you do something nice for others.

Winter is not always an easy time for people. The days are shorter, darkness sets in sooner (although we’ve passed the shortest day of the year), and some people find themselves becoming quite glum.  Have you ever though about getting out and about this winter by volunteering for research?

Coastal Connecticut Research needs volunteers!  Are you a person who wants to help others through research?  Then give us a call and learn about the clinical research studies we are conducting.  (860) 443-4567. We’d love to hear from you!  Help others through research and help cure those “winter blahs” in the process!

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.

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.

Who Volunteers for Research?

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Have you ever wondered “who volunteers for research?”

As a research volunteer, your participation is confidential.  We are not going to bump into you at the grocery store and say “Hey, Janie, how’s the birth control study going?”    We will tell you, however, that we have volunteers in our research studies from all walks of life!

Who volunteers for research?  

Let us tell you!

Research volunteers are selfless.

Many volunteers participate in research because they want to help others.  Becoming a research volunteer is a wonderful way to give back and to help advance medicine.

Research volunteers are well informed.

Some research volunteers are investigating health care options, while others are looking at new treatments for conditions.

Research volunteers come from all walks of life. 

Those who have participated in our studies here in New London include nurses, doctors, bus drivers, administrative assistants, writers, artists, designers, engineers, mechanics, stay-at-home moms, business owners, teachers, retirees, and many others.  We’ve had individuals from all walks of life serve as research volunteers.

How can I get involved?

Research begins with a conversation.  Let us know what studies interest you.  Call us at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

What’s New at CCRstudies

Monday, June 26th, 2017

It’s summertime!  It’s an exciting time for Coastal Connecticut Research in New London.  We have a variety of new studies we will be launching, and we continue to seek volunteers for our current studies including Migraine Prevention, Mild Memory Loss, and Overactive Bladder.

In addition to launching some new studies this summer, we’re also welcoming a new member to our staff.  Kelley Sanok RN has joined the CCRstudies team as a Research Nurse and Study Coordinator.  We are delighted to welcome Kelley, who is a Ledyard native and Stonington resident.  Kelley holds dual degrees from the University of Connecticut including a BS in Nursing and a BS in Allied Health.

We are also wishing the very best of luck to Jessie Hatfield LPN and Sarah Ballard LPN who are moving on to new adventures in their life.

Jessie had been with our site since 2011 and has been accepted into the RN program at Three Rivers Community College. She is going to be devoting herself to her studies this fall and we wish her the best of luck! Jessie had a tremendous rapport with her patients and kept things very lively at our site with her sense of humor and zest for life.   Sarah Ballard LPN, who worked as our Financial Coordinator has landed a full-time position in her chosen field, accounting, and we wish her well in her new endeavor.  Sarah worked part-time at our site since 2015 while balancing her life responsibilities and full time school work.  After earning her Associates in Accounting this past May she set a goal of working full time in her field and landed a new job doing what she lives.   Again, best of luck to Sarah and Jessie.

If you are interested in learning more about our current and upcoming studies, or if you want to learn more about our no cost memory screenings, contact us today at (860) 443-4567.  We look forward to telling you what’s new at CCRstudies!

 

 

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.