My blog guests this week are Amy Conn, Bruce Bloom, and Clare Thibodeaux from Cures Within Reach. Disclosure: I am a member of their Advisory Board, and think that testing older drugs for rare diseases is brilliant! The power of repurposing What if the latest treatment for cancer, diabetes or thousands of other unsolved diseases … Continue reading How to Solve Diseases with Existing Drugs
There are many reasons why clinical trials don't work well. A major one is not making them useful or interesting to patients. I had high hopes when I heard about the recent clinical trial protocol (plan) template from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Joint Leadership Council (JLC). Unfortunately, it looks like they … Continue reading Make Clinical Trials Better for Patients
Back in February, I spoke at the 2016 Arena International Outsourcing Clinical Trials West Coast Conference on "Patient Centricity" - a topic they gave me, along with some rather ambiguous objectives. I changed it to "Patients ARE the Endpoint" because it is time to get real about why the clinical trial industry exists in the first place. Yu … Continue reading Patients ARE the (end)Point of Clinical Trials
No, really. This is a real thing, created by money. Oops, I meant to say, created by researchers and institutions with MAJOR conflicts of interest. Why post it? Well, while this is the most blatant example we've seen in a long time, it happens every day, even to well-meaning researchers. FACT: research is a money game. … Continue reading Oops! Don’t Buy Chocolate Milk for Concussions
I've been asked countless times to write about patients and clinical trials. Guess it's time to share what I've learned, along with other patient advocates, as we work beside researchers in the proverbial trenches. Just so happens that this post coincides with April Fool's Day - hope that's not an omen! Why this series? This is the first in … Continue reading Getting Real about Patients & Clinical Trials
Ever take a bunch of facts and turn them into something readable? For real people? From many dry scientific journals? When sources disagree? Vehemently? That is exactly what UCSF researchers Thea Tlsty, PhD, Philippe Gascard, PhD, and I did. Here is what we learned in order to help make sense out of a major worry for women. … Continue reading 6 Ways to Turn Data into a Good Read
We learn about diseases and illnesses from research studies. Some focus on treatment (clinical trials), while others study groups of people (observational studies). Unfortunately, many studies are unclear, wrong, or can't be easily transferred into everyday medical practice. Study designs actually matter. They determine whether a research study helps real patients or just asks esoteric questions to further careers or … Continue reading How Do We Get Better Research Results?