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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.

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.

 

Let’s Hear from You!

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Are you an active member of the community?  Does your organization promote good work throughout the region? We’d like to hear from you!

Coastal Connecticut Research has been active in the community, participating in health fairs, senior expos, free memory screenings, and free lectures. We have the opportunity to meet potential volunteers throughout the region and we often include this information on our website and Facebook page.

We’ve decided since so many exciting things are happening in our region, it’s important to share with others!  So, please let us know what you and your group are up to and we’ll help spread the word through our social media pages.  Call MaryLou Gannotti who handles our outreach at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.  We can’t wait to hear your good news!

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

Volunteers are Special

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

We are so grateful to our many study volunteers! These men and women come from diverse backgrounds, but share a desire to help others through research.

As our volunteers complete a study, we ask them to evaluate their experience with us.  It is always heartwarming to see what comments study participants share with us upon their departure.

Recently “J”  from the Connecticut’s Quiet Corner completed a study with us.  According to “J” her overall experience was “outstanding” and she “wants to come back.”  We hope to see “J” again, and remind those who have participated in a study they are welcome to participate in future studies should they meet the criteria.

There is no cost to participate in a clinical research trial and no insurance is needed.  Call a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more at (860) 443-4567.  Your privacy will be respected and your participation will remain confidential.  We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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.