Join A Clinical Trial To Help Advance Innovations In Health And Medicine
North American Precis Syndicate
People who participate in clinical trials can help improve health care for themselves—and many others. (NAPS)
(NAPS)—Clinical trials are at the heart of advances in health and
medicine. They seek to discover better ways to prevent, detect and treat
disease to improve the health of current and future generations. By
volunteering in a clinical trial, you can help advance human health—for
yourself and others.
Clinical trials rely on volunteers with certain diseases and medical
conditions, but some studies also need healthy people to participate. Why?
Because volunteers in clinical trials must represent a wide range of people—by
race, ethnicity, age, gender, physical sizes and abilities. By participating
in a clinical trial, you might get an early opportunity to try a new and
potentially beneficial treatment, and you might have access to expert medical
care at leading institutions. You'd also have the opportunity to help advance
innovations in health and medicine.
Many groundbreaking scientific advances have been achieved because of
volunteers. For example, a recent study funded by the National Institute of
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a part of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), found that pregnant women with even modestly
elevated blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, had increased risk of
complications for the baby before and shortly after birth. A follow-up study
is showing that such women are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes years
later, and their children are more likely to have obesity.
Another NIDDK-funded study found major improvements in weight, heart
health, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, high blood
pressure, high blood cholesterol and abnormal kidney function 3 years after
weight-loss (bariatric) surgery in teens who had
severe obesity. Researchers also found that those who have the surgery
earlier may have greater benefits compared with waiting until later in life.
They are continuing to study the longer-term benefits and risks from the
As a volunteer, you can make a difference. Clinical research helps us gain
insights and answers about the safety and effectiveness of treatments and
Volunteer safety is also important. Guidelines and a review board are in
place to make sure studies are safe. You won't be given a sugar pill
("placebo") if you would be put at risk by not receiving an
effective treatment. You will be told if placebos are used in the study
before entering a trial.
Talk with your health care professional to learn more about clinical
trials and to find out if a clinical trial is right for you. Ask whether you
are eligible to take part in a trial, how your safety will be protected and
how long any specific trial will last. Learn about the different types of
clinical trials, the different trial phases and the potential benefits and
For more information about clinical trials, visit the NIDDK
website. It includes a video where NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin Rodgers
explains the role of clinical trial volunteers.
“By volunteering in a clinical
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