Studies show that most Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity, rank loss of eyesight as one of the worst health conditions to have because of its negative impact on quality of life. Yet many fail to get the regular eye exams that could help prevent vision loss by discovering problems early, when treatment is more […]
Whom do you trust? And why?
The way you answer those questions affects every decision you make, from where to shop for groceries to where to turn for healthcare. The bigger the decision, the more trust matters—and few decisions are more important than those related to health.
That’s why trusted physician-patient relationships are at the heart of […]
One in five U.S. adults has a mental illness. Often, the likelihood that they will receive treatment—as well as the quality of that treatment—will depend in part on their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
In fact, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, members of racial and ethnic minority populations are:
- Less […]
A blog post by Clinical Research Pathways Executive Director Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D.
When a physician is a clinical investigator, patients stand to benefit—even if they never participate in a clinical trial.
Simply put, physician researchers are “in the loop.” They’re familiar with the latest literature and tend to have greater access to new knowledge about […]
Chances are you know someone whose life has been changed because of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
About 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. Unless we discover ways to prevent, slow, or cure Alzheimer’s, by 2050 that number is expected to increase to nearly 14 million.
That’s why June has […]
Our son Isaac is a fighter and a trailblazer. Last fall he became the fifth person in the world—and the first in North America—to participate in a phase 1 clinical trial testing a gene transfer treatment for mucopolysaccharidosis type VI (MPS VI).
Isaac was just 18 months old when he was diagnosed with MPS VI, also […]
May is both National Stroke Awareness Month and Lupus Awareness Month.
These designations call attention to two different conditions. Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, either by a clot or because a blood vessel has burst. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can damage skin, joints, and organs. Lupus increases the risk […]
In February 2012, Kaiba Gionfriddo became the first infant to receive an experimental 3D-printed airway/tracheal splint that opened his airways and saved his life. Nineteen additional young patients have since been implanted with the device, which was developed by researchers at the University of Michigan and provided to the patients under the Food and Drug […]
April is National Minority Health Month, and Clinical Research Pathways joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) and organizations nationwide in raising awareness of—and working to address—health disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S.
Despite advances in treatment, many chronic conditions still are more likely to […]