Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Have You Considered Being in a Clinical Trial?

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If you've tried many different options for your migraines and still can't get a handle on prevention or treatment, it may be worthwhile to consider participation in a clinical trial.

Clinical trials are the method by which potential treatments for specific health conditions are tested on people.

Not only can clinical trials provide you with the opportunity to try treatments that are otherwise unavailable, but you will receive the medication or treatment for free and may even be financially compensated for your participation.

So far it hasn't worked out for me to participate in any trials in my area. There aren't nearly as many trials in this area as there are in more densely populated areas. I'm always keeping my eyes and ears open, though.

Here are links to a few good articles on the subject:

Clinical Trials: What are they? How do they work?
Clinical Trials: A Chance to Try Evolving Therapies
Understanding Clinical Trials

I also recommend checking out the ClinicalTrials.gov website, which is maintained by the National Institutes of Health. It is a good resource for obtaining more information about clinical trials generally and finding trials in your area. You can search by health condition, geographic region or other categories.

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