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What is the process for getting picked up by a clinical trial facility?

What is the process for getting picked up by a clinical trial facility?

Intake: You need to meet the criteria for the specific condition being studied by the clinical trial. For example, if the clinical trial was for depression, you would need to meet the criteria for depression. You would go to the clinic and be evaluated. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Clinical Trial (Definition)

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


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I have a friend who has been diagnosed with legionnaires disease and is in the critical care department of a local hospital. Is this a disease that is mandated to be reported to the (u.S.) cdc? Will there be follow up on the source of the bacteria?

I have a friend who has been diagnosed with legionnaires disease and is in the critical care department of a local hospital. Is this a disease that is mandated to be reported to the (u.S.) cdc? Will there be follow up on the source of the bacteria?

Yes and yes: Legionella is nationally reportable- the lab that did the testing or the physician will report the result to the local health department, which will be responsible for further notification. Typically, if the source is not known some investigation will occur. This may involve testing water sources and other environmental risks, and investigating related cases. ...Read more

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What is the best process for getting a referral for a CT scan?

What is the best process for getting a referral for a CT scan?

Ask your doctor: Just about the only way i know of getting a ct scan is if the doctor feels it is necessary they will give you a presciption for one. Without a doctor's precription, i don;t think you can get one. ...Read more

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Is it difficult to be accepted into the neurosurgery clinic at the u of m as a patient for a spine eval?

Is it difficult to be accepted into the neurosurgery clinic at the u of m as a patient for a spine eval?

Call them and find : Out. Have your primary care refer you, this might help you get in quicker. And there are also other spine specialist in the area. ...Read more

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What is the proper protocol for a gastro after a colonoscopy to go over findings and treatment if patient still drowsy? Follow up appointment?

What is the proper protocol for a gastro after a colonoscopy to go over findings and treatment if patient still drowsy? Follow up appointment?

Common sense: If it is known you are still drowsy, instructions can be given to your loved one or caregiver (if allowed to by your hippa signed declaration). Instructions are often written as well, and may even be given before the procedure when you are not groggy. ...Read more

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What is the process for setting up clinical trial visits? Who pays expenses?

What is the process for setting up clinical trial visits? Who pays expenses?

Usually the trial: Most clinical trials are arranged by the sponsor of the trial (usually a pharma company or device maker) who wants to satisfy fda requirements for approval. In most cases, the fees are paid by the company. Some even pay you for participation. In some cases such as cancer therapy, insurance will add some payment. If you have some illness, you can google it and trials to see if you are eligible. ...Read more

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My health is deteriorating and I've been referred to a neurologist. Is there a proactive way to prepare for the appointment?

My health is deteriorating and I've been referred to a neurologist.  Is there a proactive way to prepare for the appointment?

Useful hints: It helps when a patient provides a record of prior testing outcomes, and treatments, plus a list of previous docters. Sometimes, a brief written chronology creates better understanding. These steps enhance efficiency. ...Read more

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After being discharged from a mental hospital, is follow up blood work necessary if listed on the discharge form?

After being discharged from a mental hospital, is follow up blood work necessary if listed on the discharge form?

Follow up care : It is standard in medicine to have a regular follow up visits to monitor treatments efficacy, any risks that come with the treatment (i.e. Medication levels safe at one level and not safe at another). Mental health is similar to other medical specialties. They require a certain protocol for ongoing evaluation of the patient and of the treatments that have been prescribed. ...Read more

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I live in a small town and was diagnosed with a neurological condition that needs surgery. What is the best method/service for finding a surgeon?

I live in a small town and was diagnosed with a neurological condition that needs surgery. What is the best method/service for finding a surgeon?

Ask doc, friends!: One of the best parts of having a long term relationship with your primary care doc, is that the doc will be a valuable resource for referrals and send you to a surgeon with whom he/she is familiar and trusts. Also ask family and friends. Insurance is a factor too. Check your plan and see which surgeon is on it. ...Read more

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Is a 24 month trial of tasigna (nilotinib) the best way to go about treating a cml diagnosis?

Is a 24 month trial of tasigna (nilotinib) the best way to go about treating a cml diagnosis?

YES: Tasigna (nilotinib) - was initially used as sencond line treatment for CML for patients resistant or intolerant to imatinib. Now it is indicated for first line treatment in CML in chronic phase. Its not a trial but treatment for cml. And yes you are right, we only have 24 month data to date as first line treatment. ...Read more

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With pancreatitis is there a way to tell if its a flare up without blood work.what are the signs?

With pancreatitis is there a way to tell if its a flare up without blood work.what are the signs?

EXCRUCIATING PAIN!: Pancreatitis hurts in the *worst* way. Can feel it in belly & mid-back. Easily exacerbated if a patient is eating prohibited foods, especially those high in fat, and if patient is not taking replacement enzymes like Creon, Pancreaze, Zenpep, Ultresa, Viokace or Pertzye. Likely will also have nausea, vomiting & sometimes even a fever. ...Read more

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What is the initial intake process like when a person just gets to a drug rehabilitation program for the first time ever?

What is the initial intake process like when a person just gets to a drug rehabilitation program for the first time ever?

DeTox happens 1st: After you come into most rehabs, you will go through a period of detox. This is often the scariest and least comfortable part, but it is necessary, and will be done with medical supervision, which is safer. Don't be afraid. Continuing to use is a death sentence. Deciding to get clean is the first step toward new life. ...Read more

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Is it possible for hypo plastic left heart syndrome to be picked up on a 2d ultrasound that is preformed by a obgyn?

Is it possible for hypo plastic left heart syndrome to be picked up on a 2d ultrasound that is preformed by a obgyn?

Yes: The heart is fully formed by the end of the first trimester. A screening echocardiogram by a well trained obstetrician should be able to detect hypo plastic heart syndrome. ...Read more

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What is the cost for seeing a endocrinologist for hyperthyroidism caused by a goiter. I have no insurance and already paid for the lab work.

What is the cost for seeing a endocrinologist for hyperthyroidism caused by a goiter. I have no insurance and already paid for the lab work.

Prices Vary: This is not an answer to get on an international website. Prices will vary based upon the location. Your family physician should be able to help you find a good expert. Then calling them will give you the specifics you require. ...Read more

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Is a brain stem stroke diagnosable by MRI, or is it just a clinical diagnosis? I have an inkling by looking at the symptoms that I had one.

Is a brain stem stroke diagnosable by MRI, or is it just a clinical diagnosis?  I have an inkling by looking at the symptoms that I had one.

Typically yes: yes typically acute stroke will show up on MRI brain. In very rare instances strokes can be not seen (especially posterior circulation related) and the term "MRI negative stroke" is used in such a scenario. If you think you had a stroke you need to go to ED immediately to get MRI brain and close observation as some strokes can result in a dangerous brain swelling especially in young adults. ...Read more