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Archive for January, 2012

What is an Informed Consent?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The Informed Consent Form is designed to give the potential participant, or their legal representative, easy-to-understand information regarding all aspects of a specific clinical trial. It is designed to provide all the information needed to help a person decide it they want to participate in the trial. Adequate time is allowed to ask questions and to make sure the potential participant feels comfortable with and agrees to the terms of the clinical trial. No study related procedures will be performed until the Informed Consent Form is signed by the participant. Each participant is given a copy of the Informed Consent Form.

What is a Cold?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The cold is known by a lot of different names including “the sniffles”, “the flu”, and “the common cold”.   This illness will affect nearly everybody one to two a times year.  Most people will have this disease in the winter, as we are typically inside and in close quarters giving the virus easy access to multiple people.  The cold is caused by a virus, with Rhinovirus being the biggest culprit, but others exist as well.  There is no cure or medicine for the common cold, so individuals are left treating their symptoms with over the counter medications.  Symptoms are usually runny nose, scratchy throat, cough, red eyes, and sometimes a low grade fever.  If you are the unlucky person who is sick, expect the illness to last 10 to 14 days before you are back to full strength.  If your cold lasts more than 2 weeks, you are feeling short of breath, fevers are present for more than 3-4 days, or it just doesn’t seem like a cold, that is when you need to see your doctor.  If you want to avoid the common cold this winter, make sure you wash your hands frequently, don’t rub your eyes or nose, and make sure you get plenty of fresh air.   With these simple maneuvers, you have a good chance of avoiding the doctor’s office this winter

Nicholas Lewis, MD

Pediatrics, Internal Medicine

(208) 468-5959

Quick Care

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Quick Care at St. Alphonsus Nampa Health Plaza is closed Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21st.  They will reopen in their beautiful new location behind Nampa Costco on Sunday, January 22nd.  They will be open from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

If you have urgent care needs on Friday or Saturday, visit our Quick Care at 215 E. Hawaii Ave, Nampa.  They will be open 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Each Day

Why Do People Participate in Clinical Trials?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

People volunteer for trials for a number of reasons but most often it is to help in the advancement of science or to treat a disease for which a treatment does not currently exist.  A volunteer is usually assigned a specific study group. Sometimes volunteers in one study group will receive an investigational treatment and others receive a placebo or a treatment already available. A placebo is an inactive product used as a basis of comparison for the results of the study drug. Whether a placebo or investigational drug is used, the level of medical attention and care received by study participants at Saltzer Medical Group is the same.  A volunteer has the right to leave the study at any time and for any reason.

Who can be involved in a clinical trial at Saltzer Medical Group?

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Any person with the condition being studied who meets all of the study specific criteria can volunteer to participate in a trial. Every trial has very specific requirements such as age, sex, weight, and a specific diagnosed medical condition. The doctor overseeing the clinical trial reviews each potential participant’s medical history to determine if that person is eligible. Known side effects and  and potential participant’s medical history to determine if that person is eligible.  Known side effects and potential risks, as well as all study procedures, are thoroughly explained to potential participants by the physician prior to participation. In addition, Saltzer Medical Group’s Clinical Research department always maintains strict confidentiality regarding information about individuals who participate in clinical trials.  In addition Saltzer physicians provide a stipend to all patients at each visit to cover time and travel.

Check out the article in the Idaho Statesman about our new location in Nampa

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Idaho Statesman Article

Participants in Clinical Trials have good outcomes and enjoy the experience

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

A recent survey done by Center Watch, a clinical Trial listing company, indicates that the majority of people that take part in a clinical research trial felt that it was a positive experience. Most felt like they benefited from the experience. The goal of the survey was to better the clinical trial experience. Over 80% rated their experience as very good to excellent and 77% stated they would definitely participate in another clinical trial. Several physicians at Saltzer Medical Group are involved in clinical trials and are always recruiting for volunteers. If you or someone you know has diabetes, or high blood pressure, you may qualify for one of the ongoing trials. If interested call Marisue Smith/Director of Clinical Research at 208-463-3126.

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