The Asthma Medical Reasearch Specialist

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  Contact : (915) 544-2557

Being in a Research Study

There are many reasons to participate in a clinical research study. Not only can you help yourself by being involved in a study, but you can help many others in the future. Cost is another reason to be apart of clinical research.
 
For those with asthma or COPD, did you know the average cost for a patient to have a breathing test is anywhere from $331.00 to $658.00?
This is just one test that may be provided to those who participate in one of our studies. Receiving breathing tests, lab tests, physical exams and the study medication is provided to you at no cost.
 
We take pride in providing our volunteers the best experience they can have while participating in a clinical study. We think it is important for them to feel appreciated as well as to see how they make a difference.
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Pediatric Asthma Study

Does your child have asthma?  We are looking for children ages 4 to 11, who have been diagnosed with asthma for at least 3 months to participate in an ASTHMA study.  Compensation for time and travel is provided.  Please contact our office for more information and to schedule your appointment.  We are happy to answer any questions.  Call 915-544-2557 today!!!

 

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Donation to our local Rotacare Clinic

Western Sky Medical Research enjoys donating to local organizations. Our staff likes to participate in charity events as well as volunteer their time at various functions. Western Sky Medical Research feels it is important to give back to our community.
 
Western Sky Medical Research has donated a digital spirometry system to the Rotacare Clinic. This is a health care clinic which offers free medical care.
 
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Clinical Research- Why Should I?

Clinical Research – Why Volunteer?

People often ask what clinical research is and what it means to take part in a clinical research study.

Below are some common questions.

What is a clinical research study?

A clinical research study is a way we can learn to improve medical treatments and provide care.

There are many different types of clinical research studies, such as:

  • Intervention studies (also called clinical trials) test if there are better ways to treat a disease or condition than what is already available. These types of studies may help discover new treatments or ways to provide care. They may involve testing new medications (drugs), procedures, devices, and/or surveys.
  • Prevention studies test ways of preventing people from getting a certain disease or condition.
  • Diagnostic and screening studies look for better and more efficient ways to diagnose diseases.
  • Behavioral research tries to figure out how behaviors are related to a many different diseases or conditions, and how these behaviors can be changed.
  • Quality of life studies try to find better ways to improve the quality of life for people who have a disease or condition.
  • Observational studies follow individuals over time (weeks, months or years) to see how their health changes.

Why is clinical research important?

Clinical research has led to important medical discoveries that make our lives better.

Some examples of clinical research discoveries are:

  • Vaccines
  • New treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
  • Better ways to exercise
  • MRIs, CT Scans, X-ray machines, and diagnostic tests
  • Improved medical procedures
  • Improved ways to diagnose conditions or diseases

Why does participating in clinical research studies help me and others?

Volunteers are important to help find new and improved treatments and better ways to provide care. It’s important to also remember, however, that not all studies lead to better treatments or new ways to care for a disease or condition. In some studies, results show that doctors are already doing what is best.

When studies are completed, researchers share the information with other doctors around the world. The results from these studies often help doctors provide better and improved care to their patients. Even when a research study does not find a better way to provide treatment and care right away, it still can help researchers to come up with new ideas to study a disease or condition.

How do I get involved in clinical research?

There are ways to get involved in clinical research at Western Sky Medical Research

You can like us on Facebook to stay informed of clinical research studies at Western Sky Medical Research that are looking for research volunteers or contact us.  Our website has a list of the current studies we are enrolling in too.

To learn more about clinical research in general and/or studies taking place at Western Sky Medical Research,

  1. Call 915-544-2557

Talk to your doctor; let him or her know that you are interested in clinical research. Your doctor may be able to help you find clinical research studies that may be appropriate for you.

How much of my time will it take to be in a research study?

Some studies may ask very little of your time. Others may require more frequent visits (such as more than once a week over several months).

If you need more information about the time and/ or visits required, contact the study coordinator or investigator.

Will I receive some type of payment or reimbursement like money, lunch, parking fees paid, gifts, etc. for my time and effort as a volunteer in a clinical research study? Will I have to pay anything?

Some studies offer some type of payment or compensation to study participants, and others do not. The type and amount varies from study to study. Some studies fully pay for all study-related clinic visits and activities (tests, exams, co-pays, etc.), and others pay only part. Every study is different, be sure to ask the study coordinator for full details.

Can I quit a study once I get started?

You can quit a research study at any time and for any reason. While your participation is very important to the study’s doctors, it has to be right for you. It is your choice.

If you want to stop, you should tell the study doctor. Sometimes it is not safe to stop a study drug all at once. Your doctor will talk to you about how to safely end your participation.

It is also important to know that the researcher can choose to end your participation in a study. This decision is usually made when continuing in the study is not in your best interest, if you did not follow the rules of the study, or if the study was discontinued (stopped). You will be told why your participation was ended. You will also be given the chance to ask questions in order to help you understand.

What do I need to know before I join a research study?

  • Research participation is voluntary.
  • A research study may or may not help you personally.
  • You must be given the chance to read the consent form and ask questions before any study activities take place.
  • In the future, the results could help others who have a health problem or condition.
  • You can agree to participate in a study, sign a consent, and you still have the right to quit a study at anytime.
  • You can bring a friend or a relative with you to your clinical research study visits.
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2nd Annual Rotacare Gala 2018

Western Sky Medical Research Supported The Rotacare Clinic this weekend. Patterned after similar successful clinics on the West Coast, the El Paso Rotacare clinic opened in September 2014. Its mission: to provide free medical care for those who have the greatest need and the least access, and to provide learning opportunities for medical doctors and other related health care students.

The resident physicians and medical students from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso are enthusiastic and happy to be a part of this learning experience.

Pre-med students from the University of Texas at El Paso, who act as front desk intake personnel, are equally proud and pleased to play a part, and help facilitate the smooth running of the clinic. One member of this student group is now enrolled in the Foster medical school.

Other professional personnel who provide excellent services in the weekly operation include registered nurses, social workers and a nutritionist. Staff physicians from the Foster med school provide supervision of the teaching.

The clinic, located at 301 S. Schutz in Ysleta, is open from 9 a.m. until noon each Saturday. The site was chosen to serve an underserved population and has good public transportation nearby. It provides free medical care to all comers, regardless of ability to pay. Its funding is entirely non-governmental.

Much of the funding has come from donations from Rotary Club members. The El Paso Rotary Foundation has provided much needed funds when required. Other large donations came from generous non-Rotarians who provided many free services, including construction of the facility, installation of heating and cooling, roofing, painting, installation of windows, flooring, carpentry, phone service and other functions to create a modern, efficient medical building. The contractor was David Kessinger, immediate past president of the club.

The clinic houses four examining rooms, one designated for women’s health care by an El Paso gynecologist, Dr. Anne Hale.

The current patient enrollment is about 20 patients each Saturday and is augmented by excellent laboratory facilities that provide the necessary data to aid in the diagnosis of each patient. Referrals as indicated are made to University Medical Center Hospital, or other nearby hospitals.

The true value of this free clinic endeavor can be stated by a quotation from one of the opening day attendees: “The Rotacare Clinic is the newest tile in a great mosaic of human care.”

Donations are always welcomed. Send checks to: Rotacare, c/o Greg Hartley, 4130 Rio Bravo, El Paso TX 79902.

 

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New Tradition at Western Sky Medical Research

We have started a new tradition at Western Sky Medical Research . About every 6 weeks, we will be having a drawing for an item like a purifier, humidifier, nebulizer, thermometer, or other related items. Our first drawing was a air purifier a few weeks ago. The winner of our drawing this time was J-S. We are very proud to continue this new tradition. For the next drawing, we will have a Honeywell humidifier.  For more information, give our office a call at 915-544-2557.  

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ASTHMA STUDY

Have you had a worsening of your ASTHMA in the last year?  If so, you may qualify for an ASTHMA study.  Give us a call to see if you may qualify for this ASTHMA study at 915-544-2557.  We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our current studies.

 

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Dr. Mansfield’s Blog

Spring is almost upon us.  For people with allergic nasal disease (Hay fever) and Asthma, the Spring can be a difficult time.   The predominant pollens are from trees.  Mulberry pollen is still the highest pollen among the trees.  Pecan pollen is present particularly in the Upper Valley.  Oak pollen has increased lately, Arizona Ash and Acacia are also significant causes of pollen induced disease.

Pollen counts are usually highest in the morning.  Outdoor exercise is best done later in the day.

There are many intranasal steroid sprays for allergic rhinitis.  They all appear to be equally effective when used according to directions.

Milder symptoms may respond to simple non-sedating antihistamines such as fexofenadine, cetirizine, levocetirizine or loratadine.  These generic versions should work as well as the brand names and are considerably less expensive.

For asthma sufferers, you may want to turn to your healthcare provider as all asthma medications which work are by prescription only.

The good news for asthma sufferers is that less expensive generic inhalers should become available in the coming year.

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