A Clinical Trial Failed Patients

Something horrible happened - a clinical trial failed, causing one unexpected death and seriously injuring 5 people. And instead of dealing with a dysfunctional research system, “experts” are spouting off on their own. The few articles written to date focus on the drug (aka the money), not on what people want to know. My Initial Thoughts ClinicalTrialsArena asked … Continue reading A Clinical Trial Failed Patients

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Quality Diet Research Needed

Welcome to the controversial world of dietary recommendations. Seriously, what do you do when you hear opposing stories about fat, cholesterol, carbs, supplements, etc.? Probably the same thing the experts do - expound on your own opinions and go get a snack! Debate from All Sides Criticism ignited over recent U.S. Dietary Guidelines (USDG), which diluted evidence that disagrees with long-held … Continue reading Quality Diet Research Needed

Clinical Trial Patient Summaries Win!

Congratulations to the MRCT Center of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard and team for winning the 2015 Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection from the Health Improvement Institute! The winning project recommends ways to write public summaries after a clinical trial is over. Why Is This Important? People join clinical trials (research studies) so researchers … Continue reading Clinical Trial Patient Summaries Win!

But, How Do I Get an eBook?

I recently found out I'm not the only one who feels inept about the eBook world. What a relief! The eBook world is exploding, so check it out if you haven't already. According to M LeMont, "Over 70% of Internet users access the Internet via mobile devices instead of a PC" and "Less than 10% … Continue reading But, How Do I Get an eBook?

A Plan for Real Research Improvements

Looks like 1,772 of us posted public comments about medical research informed consents to the NPRM docket! I realize this sounds obtuse, but bear with me through this post - please! So, What's the Big Deal? The final regulation will affect millions of patients, researchers, institutions, and companies. These rules last changed in 1991. You know, before the … Continue reading A Plan for Real Research Improvements

Last Chance to Say Your Word on NPRM

I posted "Informed about Changes to Research Consents?" on 11/15/15. You now have until 1/6/2016 at 11:58pm EST to send your comments about the changes that will affect hundreds of thousands of patients, researchers and institutions (at least). PLEASE send in your comments! Here's how: Read my blog post on 11/15/15 to refresh yourself, and feel free … Continue reading Last Chance to Say Your Word on NPRM

Recuperation & a Re-Boot

Sometimes, my body says "If you won't stop, I will." Since the flu hit over the holidays, I re-grouped for the new year. First, the above statement from Marianne Williamson appears every January 1st on "A Year of Daily Wisdom" calendar that I've used since 1998 (thanks, Mom-In-Law!). So, I'm going to unlearn the fear we hear … Continue reading Recuperation & a Re-Boot