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Paid Clinical Trials Aim to Conquer Spinal Fusion Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2017 / by Kathryn Cote posted in Clinical Trials

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Phoenix, Arizona - Physicians Research Group (PRG) and a leading orthopedic surgeon are currently enrolling participants in a clinical trial to test the efficacy of pain medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the relief of pain related to the fusion of two or three vertebrae.  The goal of this research study is to decrease the pain experienced by spinal fusion patients.

Spinal fusion is a procedure that helps stabilize the spine of patients who experience chronic pain related to back injuries, herniated discs, degeneration of discs and vertebrae, the narrowing of the spinal canal, or damage caused by infections or tumors. The vertebrae are literally fused together, using either a synthetic bone substitute or bone that is harvested from the patient’s pelvis or taken from a bone bank.

Nearly a half a million patients undergo spinal fusion surgery each year with great success yet doctors note there can be a significant amount of pain during recovery.  The worst pain is generally experienced

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Paid Research Study Offers Non-Narcotic Treatment for Pain

[fa icon="calendar'] May 3, 2017 / by Kathryn Cote posted in Clinical Trials

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Narcotics are the “big guns” on the front line of pain relief, and their use has eased the suffering of millions who live with pain resulting from injury and the aftermath of surgical procedures. However, Narcotics have a dark side in the form of some fairly serious side effects. Constipation, nausea, dizziness, headache and fatigue take a toll on quality of life. More serious, though, is the potential for narcotic addiction.

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Clinical Research Studies: All Women Win When You Participate

[fa icon="calendar'] April 11, 2017 / by Kathryn Cote posted in Participant Education

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While women comprise roughly half of the world’s population, historically they have only represented about 30 percent of clinical research study participants. If you are a woman living in Arizona, you can help shift this statistic in tangible, way—all because you decided to participate in a clinical research study!

It's True!  Women are Equal, but Different Biologically

Women are equal, but we now know that they are different, especially when it comes to matters of biology.  Women and men differ biologically when it comes to muscle fiber, blood flow, fat storage, and metabolism (to name a few) which in turn may influence the effectiveness of certain medications, dosages, or treatments.

A 2015 research study conducted by Northwestern neuroscientists found an inherent biological difference between males and females in the molecular regulation of synapses in the hippocampus.

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Knee Replacement Candidates - Enroll Now for Paid Research Study!

[fa icon="calendar'] April 4, 2017 / by Kathryn Cote posted in Clinical Trials

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Physicians Research Group (PRG) and leading orthopedic group OrthoArizona are working together to create some happy news for people who are suffering from severe knee joint dysfunction.

Their Arizona-based clinical research study into a pain medication for patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery will offer its volunteers more than hope for a more comfortable recovery. Participants accepted to the trial will see the entire cost of the procedure covered by the pharmaceutical company that has commissioned the study. Participants will also be provided with a regimen of pain medication.

Paid Research Studies Can Help Millions

Effective pain management is an important element in recovery after knee replacement surgery. It allows patients to get moving more quickly, which means an easier and better rehabilitation, and fewer complications, such as blood clots.

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Help the World Prevent Skin Cancer with Paid Research Studies

[fa icon="calendar'] March 28, 2017 / by Kathryn Cote posted in Clinical Trials

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Paid Research Study Targets Actinic Keratosis Lesions

Rough, scaly patches on the face, scalp and other areas that receive a lot of sun exposure could be more than just dry skin--especially if they are discolored. They could be evidence of a pre-cancerous skin condition called Actinic Keratosis, or AK. While many AK lesions remain benign, left untreated they hold the potential to become any type of skin cancer, particularly squamous cell carcinoma.

Rates of Actinic Keratosis In Arizona Are High

People in Arizona—especially those with fair skin—are among those who are particularly susceptible to AK.  The state’s proximity to the equator and its altitude mean less atmospheric (UV) protection for residents.  Additionally, Arizona's year-round warmth and sunshine entices many to spend long hours exposed to the elements.  But all that glorious sunshine may also increase the risk for skin cancer.

If you have ever been diagnosed with Actinic Keratosis, you will know that dermatologists typically treat it one of two ways: with topical medication, or with cryo-freezing using liquid nitrogen. You should also know that researchers continue to look for treatments that offer better and faster results, and fewer side effects.

You Can Help With Medical Research

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Help with Post-Partum Depression - Clinical Research Trial Announcement

[fa icon="calendar'] January 23, 2017 / by Kathryn Cote posted in Available Studies

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Many parents look forward to welcoming a new baby into their lives. But for the many mothers who suffer the effects of Post-Partum Depression, or PPD, that process can be less than easy. Physicians Research Group (PRG) hopes that a new clinical trial will make things easier for future mothers.

Post-Partum Depression symptoms include, but are not limited to, impaired sleep and appetite, profound irritability, and difficulty bonding with baby. Severity of symptoms varies amongst PPD sufferers. The condition usually commences just before or after the birth of a child, and can improve within a few months when treated properly.

Currently, treatment for PPD patients includes counselling, antidepressants and hormone therapies. Researchers are working hard to find a single therapy that can help everyone who is experiencing moderate to severe effects of PPD.

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