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Why You Should Consider Volunteering for Medical Research Trials


Medical Research TrialBy Steven Nissen, MD

We have very good treatments for some conditions — but unfortunately, not for all. For example, statin drugs may lower cholesterol and risk for heart disease in the majority of patients. But for those patients who don’t benefit from these drugs carry a residual risk. We need to develop new therapies to help patients who do not achieve the maximum benefit from these drugs.

Physicians who are on the cutting edge of medicine provide the newest or best therapies available. Though we have made strides, there is more we need to do. We can only advance research when altruistic patients decide to participate in studies. When it comes to research, the gold standard (or what you could call the Supreme Court of research) is the randomized control trial (RCT).