‘Historically, the symptoms of inexplicable chronic pelvic pain have often been attributed to imagined madness, female weakness, promiscuity or hysteria’ Wikipedia on Endometriosis.
Chronic illness can take many different forms, and it is not uncommon even for two patients with the same condition to experience different symptoms from one another. However, some common symptoms which affect many people who are chronically ill include fatigue, pain and depression, and these symptoms can have a profound effect not only on the sufferer, but also the sufferer’s partner and their relationship with each other.
Type 2 diabetes is a rapidly growing global health concern. It is estimated to affect more than 300 million people worldwide, and around 90% of all diabetics have this form of the condition. However, despite type 2 being well and truly in the spotlight, it is still frequently misunderstood. Much has been said in the media about the connection between type 2 diabetes, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle – so much so that perhaps we’re inclined to feel unsympathetic towards type 2 patients? But even while it’s true that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in many cases, it remains a serious and incurable condition which can only be controlled through a constant effort on the patient’s part.
Clinical research is an area of medicine that tests new medical techniques, drugs and other treatments. Without it, our knowledge of medicine doesn’t improve and the treatments patients are offered for their health problems don’t change. As such it’s an essential part of the changing medical landscape.
Over the last few months we’ve been sharing blog posts about how important clinical trials are to the future of medicine. This month I’d like to share how such research impacts directly on women undergoing hysterectomy and related treatments for gynaecological conditions they often present with.
Volunteering for clinical trials is always something that requires a great deal of thought and it’s often motivated by a personal experience of health issues and a desire to prevent problems for others in the future. Shirley Dimblebee is a regular participant and she shares her experiences and reasons with us as an encouragement for others to help out too.
Medical research is an area that has many different perspectives and questions about it’s value to patients. Over the next few months I’m going to be hosting a few interviews with various people who have been involved in medical research work. The best answers to the questions that are raised will always come from those who have experienced it, either as a researcher or as a participant. My first guest is Doctor/Researcher, Jim Bush, Associate Medical Director at Covance Covance Clinical Research.
Why are medical trials necessary? It’s a question that’s relatively easy to answer, after all medications cannot be prescribed by doctors unless they have been subjected to clinical trials. Studies are carried out on promising new treatments to provide answers regarding their effectiveness and how they are absorbed by the body. Carefully conducted clinical trials provide pharmaceutical companies with the safest and most effective way of ensuring new treatments work, and volunteers are always required to help to develop the medicines of the future.
A new study is coming soon for Post-menopausal Females and Sterilised Females via Bilateral Oophorectomy. Please read the following information carefully. If you are potentially interested in the trial, please respond to this email or call the Covance Clinical Research Recruitment Team between 09.00am – 19.00pm on 0113 3945200 or on 0800 591570
There are not many activities that provide the chance for you to make a positive difference to the lives of millions of people and to receive compensation for doing so. Volunteering to take part in a clinical trial is the exception. Covance are presently looking for post menopausal or surgically sterile women to participate in our latest clinical study.