Clinical Trials and Your Safety

The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines a clinical trial as a biomedical or behavioral research study of human subjects designed to answer specific questions about biomedical or behavioral interventions (drugs, treatments, and devices.) The FDA and the Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) regulate clinical trials.  An Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews study-related documents, … Read more

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Within the last few years, a paradigm shift has occurred in the operating room:  surgeons no longer need to directly touch or even see what they are operating.  Endoscopic video imaging and advanced in instrumentation have converted open surgeries to endoscopic ones.  This has resulted in higher survival rates, fewer complications, and a quicker return … Read more

Overview on Gene Therapy

Human DNA codes for the expression of everything from hair color to metabolism to genetic disorders.  DNA with mutations causes some of these disorders.  Gene therapy replaces or repairs these mutations, by providing “correct” DNA that is attached to a vector.  A vector is a vehicle for the DNA that is put together by researchers.  … Read more