08/28/2005: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3 and Phase 4 trials...
So, consider this for your next reason to visit Chicago. (*wink*) Why just come for the sights and culture: Your contribution to science: Chicago's a hotbed of clinical trials, and there's probably one going on right now that could use you.
"You don't have to wait until life is over to donate your beleaguered body to science.
Right now researchers need women with regular periods as well as excessive body hair. They need impotent, overweight men.
They need older teens and young adults with cancer. And even if you're the picture of health, they need you to act as the "control" specimen.
In Illinois, a research hotbed, 948 federally and privately supported clinical trials are registered with the National Institutes of Health's Web site, clinicaltrials.gov, hundreds more than any other state. The epicenter, the University of Chicago, has about 250 open trials in cancer alone.
The pay, if any, for participants is often minimal. And people sign on knowing they aren't guaranteed a lifesaving treatment, or any health benefit for that matter...."
Click on the link above to read further and I KNOW this is sure to make a lot of you reconsider your next option for "where to go on a family vacation." LOL
Karen on 08.28.05 @ 09:56 AM CST