Taking on Clinical Trials

by Melissa Brunner

This is, as they say, the rest of the story....

This week's To Your Health segment talks about the work of Cotton-O'Neil Clinical Research. Their staff connected me with a study participant to interview as part of the story. It turned out to be none other than WIBW General Manager Jim Ogle.

Brief side note - it's a bit nerve-wracking to interview your boss! It's like an on-the-spot evaluation. Imagine a role reversal with your CEO. For example, if you're a nurse and he or she came in as a patient. Stressful!

Anyhow, Jim has participated in six research studies over the years. He talks in our story (it airs at 10pm Thursday) about how he's not a doctor or a researcher, but this is a way in which he can participate in finding ways to help people lead longer, more fruitful lives.

What I didn't have time to share in the limited time we have for a story in the newscast are the thoughts Jim shared on his recently added motivation to encourage people to join the search for treatments and cures. Some of you already know Jim's mom recently passed away. She had COPD. There is no cure for COPD. And, Jim said, there won't be a cure for COPD - or muscular dystrophy or cancer or diabetes or any other chronic disease - unless people participate in studies to determine the effectiveness of new treatments.

Certainly, trials may not be for everyone. Each trial is different and one must way the risks and benefits of each. But don't automatically write off the possibility. The person you help could be yourself or a loved one.



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