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

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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

When Clinical Trials Don’t Match Their Data

Clinical trials (research studies in people) can help find better treatment, care and prevention for patients. When done well, they answer important questions posed in the protocol (study plan) before the trial starts. Unfortunately, those answers are often not published. Some also don’t have the right study designs, which means the studies won’t tell us what we truly … Continue reading When Clinical Trials Don’t Match Their Data

Antibiotic Resistance – It’s Complicated!

Big words, yes, but we can still figure this out. I've learned a lot about this topic as a patient advocate on antibacterial drug development committees with the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) and the Brookings Institution. It's really about the bug in the laboratory (lab), not in humans. That has to change if we want better solutions … Continue reading Antibiotic Resistance – It’s Complicated!

Pain Meds – How NOT to Get Hooked

Any body can have pain that needs to be eased. Unfortunately, US healthcare has created an epidemic of addicts instead. It's time to STOP this madness. Some are trying, but we all need to pitch in. Don't think you need this? Think again! In 2010, 1 out of 20 people over age 12 said they used a prescription … Continue reading Pain Meds – How NOT to Get Hooked