We often talk about clinical trials as the future of medicine — and rightly so — but let’s take a moment to appreciate their past. It might surprise you to learn that the first clinical trial ever recorded took place more than 270 years ago. In 1747, James Lind was a surgeon with Britain’s Royal … Continue reading Clinical trials: Why they matter and how 12 sailors started it all
For the 1.25 million Americans living with Type 1 diabetes, insulin therapy is a daily necessity. But, researchers are now getting close to changing that. By many accounts, the first recorded mention of diabetes was more than 3,500 years ago in 1552 BC. Despite this centuries-long presence, it was not until 1922 that doctors first … Continue reading An insulin shot-free future for Type 1 diabetics?
For Cara East, MD, what started as a childhood fascination with science has grown into a career spent shaping the future of cardiovascular medicine through clinical research. As the medical director of the Soltero Cardiovascular Research Center, which she helped start more than 30 years ago, she plays a part in advancing medicine by adding … Continue reading Women in Medicine: Leading the way for women in clinical research
The announcement of an agreement to accelerate cancer-treatment research between Baylor Research Institute (BRI) at Dallas and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is promising for cancer patients in North Texas and beyond. The hope is that aligning the best science of both institutions will lead to one-of-a-kind clinical trials and give patients greater access to liquid … Continue reading Precision medicine collaboration a promising opportunity for advancing cancer research
A few years ago, I heard about an event called Swim Across America that was being put on locally to raise money for cancer research and treatment. I saw videos of people–and a dog–swimming in Lake Ray Hubbard for the cause. Those swimmers included former college swimmers and Olympians, but there were also “regular people” … Continue reading Swim Across America: Swimming to fight cancer
A dissolving device could become the new recommended approach for treating heart disease, and Baylor researchers are among the first to implant it. We’ve come a long way in the treatment of heart disease. Just four decades ago, a clogged artery was a ticking time bomb, and there was little that the cardiologists could do … Continue reading The Case of the Disappearing Heart Stent
An exciting new treatment makes it’s way to young patients—and it’s all thanks to Baylor research. For parents of children with systemic-onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA), the normalcy of a worry-free childhood is often traded for years of extensive testing, difficult treatments and long hospitalizations. But a new treatment discovered by Baylor researchers is changing all … Continue reading A Brighter Tomorrow for Children with Juvenile Arthritis
Patients with pancreatic cancer might consider joining a Phase II clinical trial underway at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, to evaluate a new chemotherapy protocol. The trial will study the effectiveness of a particular therapy in patients with non-metastatic disease. “Our primary objective with this trial is to try … Continue reading New clinical trial seeks to combat pancreatic cancer
Most large hospital networks have research arms and Baylor Health Care System is no exception. Offering the possibility of directing clinical research trials helps hospitals attract physicians who are leaders in their fields. Conducting research trials adds to a hospital’s prestige, and research is sometimes a requirement to attain certain rankings. Hospitals that wish to … Continue reading 3 reasons patients take part in clinical trials
Insurance coverage questions often arise when someone considers taking part in a research study. They wonder what the costs will be and whether their insurance will cover it. Study consent forms can provide potential participants with valuable information, including the costs to the patient and/or the patient’s insurance company. Normally, there is a section in … Continue reading Where Do Medical Research and Health Insurance Meet?