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Clinical Trials Newsletter - 2011


What Are Clinical Trials?

A clinical trial is a research study in human volunteers to answer specific health questions. Carefully conducted clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work in people, and new ways to improve health.

There are different kinds of clinical trials, including those to study: prevention options, new treatments or new ways to use existing treatments, and new screening and diagnostic technique options for improving the quality of life for people who have serious medical conditions.

Clinical trials are conducted according to a plan called a protocol. The protocol describes what types ...

Cold Weather Injuries

Cold Weather Injuries

Living in North Carolina, we do not have the severe winter temperatures that they do in Alaska, but it still gets cold. This winter protect yourself and your family from injuries caused by cold temperatures including hypothermia and frostbite.

Hypothermia occurs when you are exposed too long to cold temperatures and your body temperature drops dangerously low (below 95º). This condition can be fatal. Hypothermia is a greater risk in windy, cold conditions when a person has been physically active and has used up stores of energy. Children and the elderly have a greater risk for experiencing ...

Boost Your Brain

Commit to keeping your brain healthy and fit – it’s a daily practice that will prove as beneficial for the quality of your life as a balanced diet and regular exercise.

Use it or lose it. That adage is popularly said in relation to physical fitness, but it is also quite applicable to brain fitness, too. Our brains- like our bodies - begin to deteriorate after our twenties. However, just as your daily visit to the gym can keep you from gaining weight, losing muscle and aging prematurely, brain exercises can keep your memory sharp, delay cognitive decline and improve your ...

A Better Morning Routine

If your days are stressful and rushed, consider a fresh, new approach to your morning routine. Start with a healthy breakfast and morning exercise, and you will set a positive tone for the rest of your day.

Getting into action with simple activities like taking a walk, going to the gym, or practicing an invigorating morning exercise, such as tai chi or yoga can help you feel focused and ready to meet the challenges of your day. Be sure to power up with a healthy breakfast to give your body the fuel it needs.

Morning exercise can boost energy levels ...

Are You At Risk For Bone Loss?

A bone density test - DEXA scan - determines whether you have osteoporosis or are at risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become more fragile and more likely to break.

The test is painless and requires little to no preparation. The patient simply lies down and the density test uses X-rays to measure how many grams of calcium and other bone minerals are packed into a segment of bone. A bone density test is a fairly accurate predictor of your risk of fracture.

We recommend a bone density test for:

  • Women age 65 or older
  • Men age ...

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