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JUNE 2013 — BALTIMORE BEACON
THE PLACE TO LOOK FOR INFORMATION ON AREA CLINICAL TRIALS
Study testing clot prevention medication The Sinai Center for Thrombosis Research, under the direction of Dr. Paul Gurbel, has been actively fighting heart disease by designing and conducting clinical trials investigating novel drug therapies and devices. The center is currently conducting a clinical trial with the support of the National Institutes of Health to examine the effects of an investigational drug called PZ128 on patients ages 18 to 75 with a documented history of vascular disease (peripheral vascular disease, carotid artery
disease or coronary artery disease) or two or more coronary artery risk factors. Coronary artery risk factors for this study include the following: diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, current smoking and obesity.
Intravenous drug benefits PZ-128 was designed to prevent the blood from forming clots, which can block vessels in the body and lead to heart attack or stroke. Existing drugs like Plavix, Brilinta and Prasugrel, all tested at Sinai, are given orally
Diabetes Research Study 50-80 year old men & women with Type 2 Diabetes are needed to participate in an exercise research study at the University of Maryland/Baltimore VA Medical Center. Call 410-605-7179. Mention code: EPC-DM.
to patients undergoing coronary stenting for a blockage in the heart arteries. These drugs remain in the body for days, posing a potential bleeding risk. Conversely, PZ-128 is administered directly into the bloodstream, allowing it to be immediately active and reversible within a few hours. On a microscopic level, the drug works to block a receptor by passing through blood cell walls, something no competing drugs on the market currently do. While it’s not clear whether that will mean more effective treatment, it does explore a drug delivery method that is new to coronary artery disease therapy. In this initial phase of clinical trials, researchers at Sinai will look first and foremost for evidence of the drug’s safety, along with signs of effectiveness. Approximately 34 participants are being recruited for the study.
Overnight visit required The study will include a screening visit, a hospital stay for one night, one follow-up visit at the study site, and a telephone call approximately 30 days after the last hospital visit. Study participants will receive: • Reimbursement of up to $590 for time and expenses. • Specialized platelet function testing (These tests are not part of routine studies that can assess your risk of forming blood clots.) • Physical exam with cardiologist and complete laboratory blood work-up. The information learned about the study drug and how it works may be helpful to patients with heart disease in the future. For more information, or to see if you qualify to participate, contact the Sinai Center for Thrombosis Research at (410) 601-4795 or email Kevin Bliden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW TO AVOID ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION The Maryland Department of Aging and Baltimore City Health
Department Office on Aging present a free all-day workshop on Elder Abuse at the Waxter Senior Center, 1000 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Speakers will address the full spectrum of abuse and exploitation, how to protect older adults, dealing with family violence, neglect in long-term care facilities, legislative protections and more. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 12. For more information or to register, contact Aisha Ross at (410) 396-4932 or email@example.com.
HEART HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE SCREENING LifeBridge Health will offer a heart health and lifestyle screening at the Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Rd., on
Wednesday, June 12, at 9 a.m. The screening is for men and women over age 18 and includes blood pressure, cholesterol/triglycerides, comprehensive metabolic panel blood profile, body composition analysis, personal lifestyle questionnaire, and brief health education counseling with a registered nurse. Appointment required. Cost is $20. If interested, call (410) 601-9355.
Have You Fallen? Seeking Men and Women to participate in a research study at the University of Maryland & Veterans aﬀairs of Baltimore to better understand balance and the prevention of falls in aging individuals.
you will receive: • Health evaluation • Balance, step, strength, and/or ﬂexibility exercises • Compensation for your time If interested call: 410-605-7179 & Mention code: LIFT Baltimore VA/University of Maryland Gerontology Recruitment Line *You must be at least 65 years old and in good health *Participants will be seen at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Medicine *You will attend approximately 41 visits for 1 to 4 hours of time per visit