Full-Fledged Flu

'Tis the season, folks. Fancy the opportunity to find flu facts while falling onto the sofa. I fear I may have infected a few as I felt the forceful signs form within. Of course, my bout came from fellow flyers during my fortnight of travel. For those flummoxed by my fanciful alliteration, I have an excuse - I'm under the influence of … Continue reading Full-Fledged Flu

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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

Informed about Changes to Research Consents?

If not, you'll be surprised soon. The Common Rule is changing - 1st time since 1991. The US NIH NINR says, "The Common Rule contains regulations that protect individuals who participate in research and is followed by 18 federal agencies." Translation: these are the rules that apply to informed consent forms that patients sign to join research studies. Your … Continue reading Informed about Changes to Research Consents?

Autumn Memories

My favorite season! Thanks to those who supported our fundraiser at the Alliance for Clinical Trials In Oncology Foundation. More hand-crafted jewelry pictures available here.             All content © 2015 by Deborah Collyar unless otherwise specified. All rights reserved. Permission is granted to use short quotes provided a link back to this page and proper … Continue reading Autumn Memories