Prior to the 20th century, most people lived about 47 years in the developed world because of infectious diseases. In 1940, the first use of penicillin to treat infectious diseases occurred and penicillin became available in 1945 to the general public. Science and research conducted throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, created more antibiotics so that life expectancy increased to 78.8 years.
Clinical trials, the research component of medicine, made this possible. Take a moment to thank all the countless people who participated in the clinical trials and this achievement that has improved our lives so greatly.
Clinical Trials Today
Differences exist in the clinical trials of yesteryear. To conduct a clinical trial today, the research must be approved by an Institutional Review Board. Informed Consent documents must be signed.
In the past, people learned about clinical trials from their physicians. Now, you can look online to find clinical trials.
Think about Stefanie Joho, profiled in “If Not For Immunotherapy…”
“’That was it, I was pretty much ready to give up,’ she said. ‘I really was at the end of the road, barely 100 pounds.’ But Stefanie’s little sister, Jess, wouldn’t accept that it was the end. She got on the Internet and put words that she had heard the doctors use into the search engine, trying to find something more for Stefanie to do. She found a clinical trial that had started at John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore….
‘I would not be standing here if it were not for 30 plus years of basic research (that actually started in bacteria), but furthermore, early clinical research and experimental therapy. From my end of things, it felt like a miracle, but I know the amount of work, the amount of effort and brilliant minds that go into this.’
One of the lessons to learn from Stefanie’s experience is that it is important to be your own advocate, to search for clinical trials and to do research.”
Another person who participated in a life saving clinical trial is Judy Perkins, profiled in “In the News: Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes and Breast Cancer.” She learned of a clinical trial while attending the Project Lead conference, part of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) science training program for activists. Judy is the first person cured of breast cancer utilizing tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) treatment.
Medivizor Finds Clinical Trials For You, Near You
But you don’t have to look online or attend a conference if you are a member of Medivizor. Medivizor provides information about clinical trials that are occurring near you as a service to its members. The image below is from Medivizor’s service: it is a clinical trial for someone with Hodgkins lymphoma that is recruiting in Ohio.
In the post, International Clinical Trials Day: Find the Right Clinical Trial For You, clinical trials are explained along with Medivizor’s service.
If you would like to learn more about what clinical trials are, especially what a double-blind clinical trial is, there is a video available in the post, Do You Understand Clinical Trials?
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