How To Research And Participate In Trials

A lot of very interesting and promising work is taking place at the forefront of medical research these days; stem cells, cancer therapies, gene therapies, and advances in bioinformatics have brought the prospect of cures for many previously untreatable conditions. How should sufferers go about researching the latest therapies and weigh the merits and risks of enrolling in a clinical trial? How does one even go about getting enrolled in a clinical trial or wading through the wealth of health information (much of it wrong or out of date) online? I receive a few e-mails on this topic every month, and so eventually wrote a short summary of my advice and suggestions - by no means exhaustive, but hopefully it provides a better starting point than a blank slate.



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