Many of us have heard about clinical trials and thought about them for our Migraines and headaches? They're definitely worth considering, but do we really know what they are? Clinical trials are biomedical or health-related research studies in humans that follow a pre-determined protocol.
To obtain medically reliable data for a clinical trial, each study has to meet certain guidelines. Participants in these studies have to fit in certain criteria, called "inclusion/exclusion" criteria. "Inclusion" criteria are the requirements that allow someone to participate a trial and "exclusion" criteria means the reasons they are unable to take part in the trial. Clinical studies use participant's age, gender, type of disease and other medical conditions, while other studies use healthy participants in their study. If one is not accepted in a clinical trial they shouldn't take it personally - researchers are only making sure participants are safe.
It's interesting to note that not all clinical trials are about medications. In fact, not all of them are even about treatments. There are some trials for complementary treatments such as acupuncture, and there are some that gather data about Migraines and headaches to help researchers understand them better.
Check out the updated listings of Current Migraine and Headache Clinical Trials!
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Last updated January 27, 2010.
Published On: January 31, 2010