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Active Control In Clinical Trials
Very effective: MRI is indeed "Gold standard", and helps us make decisions regarding diagnosis and changes in therapy. Note you state diagnosis of MS, but do NOT find any disease modifying drug listed. Prednisone is fine for relapse, and IVIG might be used if you were pregnant, but neither helps control the disease chronically. Note fresh frozen plasma, and this too, has no role in MS therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Science is a method using simplicity, theories and then tests to see if the theory works; always. Clinical trials involve comparing one approach/choice/treatment option with another & checking outcomes. Key methodology is double blind & ideally cross-over design with outcome measures to be used determined in advance. Double blind: neither participants or people near them know ...Read more
Depends: Premature infants are LBW (low birth weight). So are some other gestational age infants that did not achieve full growth potential. Depending on the severity of growth restriction (called SGA-small for gestational age), they may have no, small, or moderate learning disabilities. Depending on the severity of premature complications-they may have psychomotor, cognitive, or learning disabilities. ...Read more
A placebo: Is a preparation made as much as possible just like the drug under test except missing the ingredient being tested. Ideally neither the patient nor the doctor knows which each patient is given. After a period of time, the results are evaluated to see if the drug group got a significant improvement over the control (placebo) group. Hopefully neither group is harmed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do children and adolescents have differential response rates in placebo-controlled trials of fluoxetine?
Medical/Surgical Oncology: Have you heard anything promising about the use of Keytruda in pancreatic cancer remission that are in clinical trials?
Keytruda: This is a relatively new product and I strongly suggest you go online and read the several articles about Keytruga. If you can't do that online please go to nearest library and they should be able to help you. ...Read more
Is there any research or study being conducted in the us on ketamine to relieve major depression, as in the recently published uk study at oxford heal?
Yes,several.: Several. You obviously read the research at oxford health nhs, one at houston's baylor college of medicine, new york mt. Sinai school of medicine and are the ones that immediately comes to mind. Although it is promising, the long term effects are yet unknown so more research is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any studies that demonstrates the efficacy of a gluten free diet for autoimmune diseases?
No reason why: Gluten intolerance is considered an autoimmune disease affecting a small but significant number of individuals. If you are not gluten intolerance, avoiding it would make no difference on other diseases whether autoimmune or not. However you will likely be less inclined to gain weight since so many great desserts contain gluten. No evidence that gluten issue leads to other autoimmune disorders. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there no research evidence that common antibiotics lower birth control pill effectiveness? Drug-related diarrhea would lower effectiveness, right?
Plenty of research: There is a great deal of research on the effects of antibiotics on oral contraceptive reliability. Not all of it is consistent, though. It is clear that rifampin and griseofulvin are two antibiotics that definitely decrease the reliability of OC's. With other antibiotics, the evidence is not so clear. It is prudent to discuss this with your doctor when you're prescribed antibiotics. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I don't think so.: Radiation is more standardly used to treat cancer and not illness such as hiv. Radiation has been used to treat kaposi's sarcoma which can be seen in HIV patients. Hiv medications are also being tested in combination with radiation to see if they make radiation treatment more effective. Also, radiation is a local treatment and HIV is a systemic problem so it doesn't make much sense to use. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
American heart association medical journal just posted an article - small research study states that they have found new autoantibodys that are specific 2 pots patients, :) more research being done :)?
Research POTS: Yes more research is being done.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are there any therapies on the horizon to prevent the reoccurrence of chromophobe renal cancer? Any clinical trails currently taking place?
Advances in chemo: Chromophobe renal cancer accounts 5% of renal cancers, early detection and treatment has excellent prognosis. If there is over expression of cd 117 on cell membrane , kinase inhibitors like imatinib, disratinib, and nilotinib are very effective. Best thing is to see an oncologist, for more recent medications or trails. ...Read more
Here is a summary: A brief summary can be found at: http://malecontraceptives.Org/methods/simple_heat.Php. ...Read more
Are birth control pills for catamenial epilepsy contraindicated in case of family history of breast cancer and smoking? I am 41, have catamenial epilepsy, and it's been suggested that birth control pills could help. I tolerate aed's poorly, the side effec
No: Birth control pills aren't contraindicate due to your family history of breast cancer. If you are still smoking, they may be contraindicated depending on your age. Be sure to ask your doctor about this. There is a higher risk of blood clots and stroke while on birth control pills. Be sure you understand the risks. It sounds like you might really benefit from them! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A lit search start: I don't know of one, but here is a starting point through which you may find what you want. http://www.theketogenicdiet.org/ Ask questions there. Good luck in your hunting! ...Read more
Great question.: This is a complicated subject that people spend their entire careers on - what makes a good study/clinical trial? It depends on many things: what type of study is done, funding source, if the results are clinically significant or just statistically sig, how is the data analyzed, etc. If there's a particular study you see in the news, your doctor might be able to help clarify the take home points. ...Read more
No: The approach to this serious situation remains the same. ...Read more
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