COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19: Information, Action and Safety Tips

COVID-19 Coronavirus

ERG’s Sites have taken action

The health of our staff members, study participants and visitors is of utmost importance to us. Weeks ago, we took all action necessary to ensure everyone’s safety including following guidance from the CDC and National Institute of Health, and added even more preventative measures. These precautions include the use of masks and gloves, appropriate handwashing techniques, conducting Daily Visitor & Staff Health Screens including temperature checks, rescheduling appointments for anyone reporting flu-like symptoms and requiring that staff members not report to work if they are feeling ill. In addition to our rigorous cleaning processes, our locations implemented extensive environmental cleanings daily.

Information & education

The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has become a public health emergency and has been detected internationally as well as in the United States. Symptoms are similar to the flu and can include fever, coughing, body aches and problems breathing.

Safety Tips: The CDC has issued information on tips to keep you and your family protected during this outbreak.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Use the crick of the elbow if tissues are not available.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

For more information, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov


The Truth About Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder. It can be diagnosed as early as the age of 2, although some adults with milder symptoms live undiagnosed. Males are four times more likely to develop a form of autism than females. ASD is complex, and there is a lot of false information out there. Unfounded assumptions can have unintended, lasting effects on any medical condition. We are going to arm you with the basics of adult autism and reveal the truth to some common myths. Let’s get started!

Autism Defined

ASD covers a group of conditions that reflect challenges in social interactions, speech, communication skills, and repetitive behaviors. It has many subtypes, impact levels, and associated disorders. Some will need assistance for their entire lives, while others do not and can live independently. Genetics plays a role in most of the cases, although other factors increase the chances of someone being born with it.

Adults with ASD may exhibit different behaviors than those younger than them. Adult ASD symptoms include:

  • Clumsiness
  • Challenges conversating with others
  • Understanding other’s emotions
  • Challenges regulating emotions
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Involuntary noises such as repeatedly clearing their throat
  • Trouble understanding sarcasm or jokes

ASD is more common in males, but the “why” is not so clear. Some research suggests that those diagnosed with ASD have brains that are anatomically more male-like. Others indicate the testing that is used is based on male characteristics, and so more women may be misdiagnosed.

Common Myths

There is no shortage of the myths and stigma that surround ASD. Some people think that if you have ASD, you act just like Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man.” This not true. No two people have the same characteristics with ASD. Here are some other typical myths and the truths behind them:

  • “Vaccines cause autism.”
    • Truth: Vaccines do not cause autism. The original study published in 1997 by a British surgeon has been discredited. In addition, numerous studies have debunked this myth.
  • “Autism is the result of bad parenting.”
    • Truth: ASD is coded into the genetics of the vast majority of cases. The 1950’s “Refrigerator Mother” theory contributed to this ridiculousness, citing that mothers who lacked emotional warmth caused ASD.
  • “If you have ASD, you are intellectually disabled.”
    • Truth: ASD can mean just as many exceptional abilities as it does challenges. Individuals diagnosed can have IQ’s in the typical to high ranges.

Learning More About ASD Through Research

Clinical research studies help substantiate information around medical conditions like ASD. The information learned sets the foundation for improving how these conditions are detected and managed.

Evolution Research Group routinely conducts autism studies evaluating potential new options at our Rogers, AR location. To get involved in future study opportunities, click here.

 

Reference:

https://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is/gender.aspx

https://www.autismspeaks.org/

 


Clinical Trials are the Future of Medicine

The ultimate goal of clinical trials is to find a cure for all diseases. From these trials, new ways to detect, prevent, and treat these diseases are discovered. Clinical trials play a critical role in  the future of medicine. In this blog, we will review what clinical trials are and the role they play in future treatment options.

What is a Clinical Trial?

Once a new health intervention is discovered, it goes through a series of lengthy tests (called pre-clinical trials) in the lab. If the treatment is deemed safe and effective, it is then tested on humans. This is called a clinical trial.  Discovering how a treatment of device interacts with the human body is a critical step in the process.

Volunteers are selected based on research criteria and experts who administer the clinical trial help record and gather data on the treatment interactions. This data is logged, and determinations are made to prove that  the medication or device is as good as, or better than, currently available options.

Clinical trials are conducted in four phases. Each phase is responsible for determining specific goals. The phases of clinical trial are:

    • Phase I - (20-80 participants) - Determines safety, effectiveness, dose range, side effects, and how the body processes the treatment.
    • Phase II - (100-300 participants) - Determines the safety, and if the treatment has the intended effects on humans.
    • Phase III - (thousands) - Determines safety, effectiveness, side effects, and compares the treatment to commonly used products.
    • Phase IV - (post-market surveillance trials) - Involves people in various populations and is intended to collect additional information after the investigational treatment is approved and marketed to the public regarding its risks, benefits, and use in multiple populations over a more extended period.

 

Why Clinical Trials Play a Critical Role in the Future of Medicine

 

With so many current treatments available, you may think  “Why are more treatments needed”? The answer is simple. There are many conditions that exist today that lack a specific treatment or therapy.. These conditions are typically managed by treating symptoms and making lifestyle changes. There are many people diagnosed with illnesses that cannot benefit from current treatments due to  certain pre-existing medical conditions, or the inability to take those treatments.

Clinical trials provide opportunities for these individuals. Clinical trials are the future of medicine, because without them, there would be no way to tell if a medication or device is effective and safe.

Volunteers and Clinical Trials

Participating in a clinical trial provides researchers with valuable information on new treatments; in some cases, it can also mean the possibility for a cure or improvement in a patient's quality of life that's not available with standard therapy. Your participation is entirely voluntary, and you can discontinue the trial at any time.

Learn more about our enrolling clinical trials and how you can volunteer in them.

References:

https://www.joinaresearchstudy.com/understanding-clinical-trials/
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/about-studies