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HealthLink Summer 2017


C. Difficile Infection

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Current Research Studies

Upcoming Research Studies

Do You Get a Seasonal Flu Vaccine?

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C. Difficile Infection

Clostridium difficle, often called C. difficle or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. C. difficle is the main cause of hospital based infectious diarrhea in industrialized countries. C. difficle is carried by approximately 3% of healthy adults and 16-35% of hospitalized patients. In those hospitalized, the rate increases with exposure to antibiotics. C. diff produces toxins that cause severe inflammation in the bowel. The spectrum of illnesses produced by C. diff ranges from asymptomatic carriers and mild diarrhea, to more serious complications that includes life threatening inflammation of the colon, intestinal perforation and death. Those with mild disease may experience diarrhea 3 or more times a day, along with abdominal cramping and tenderness. Individuals with severe infection may have watery diarrhea 10-15 times per day, abdominal cramping and pain that may be severe, along with fever, nausea, blood in the stool and dehydration. Illness from C. diff most commonly affects older adults in hospitals or long- term care facilities and typically occurs after antibiotic medications. In recent years, there has been an increased incidence and severity of disease with associated complications, bowel resections and mortality. In 2011, of the approximately 500,000 cases of C. diff reported, 29,000 deaths occurred. In addition, the cost associated with C. diff infection ranges from $1.1-4.8 billion annually. Each year in the US, C. diff infections have become more frequent, severe, and difficult to treat. To date, there is no approved vaccine to prevent primary or recurrent C. diff infection. The increasing burden of this infection on patients and the healthcare system demonstrates that prevention of C. diff infection constitutes an unmet medical need. Omega Medical Research is currently conducting a research study for an investigational preventative C. diff vaccine. The main criteria for suitable participants are ages 50 and older AND meets one of the following: 1) patients who have had at least 1 inpatient hospitalization of at least 2 nights in the previous 12 months, or 2) patients who have had at least 2 Emergency room visits in the previous 12 months, or 3) have had at least 10 outpatient visits in the previous 12 months, or 4) patients who have received antibiotics anytime in the previous 12 weeks, or 5) Planned inpatient hospitalization of 2 nights or more. If you or a family member would like to participate in this exciting vaccine study, please contact Patty Feole, RN, our Patient Recruiter, at 401-739-3573, to learn more.



Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the knee. It is a degenerative, "wear-and-tear" type of arthritis that occurs most often in people 50 years of age and older. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the knee joint gradually wears away. Symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee may include: • pain that increases when you are active, but gets a little better with rest • swelling • feeling of warmth in the joint • stiffness in the knee, especially in the morning or when you have been sitting for a while • decrease in mobility of the knee, making it difficult to get in and out of chairs or cars, use the stairs, or walk • creaking, crackly sound that is heard when the knee moves If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee and/or recognize any of these symptoms, you may be interested in participating in one of the Osteoarthritis of the Knee Studies that is being conducted at Omega Medical Research. If so, please call Patty Feole, RN at 401-739-3573 for study details.



Current Research Studies

Study Compensation up to Acne (ages 9+) Compensation Provided Arthritis of the Knee $324 Autism (ages 3-8) Compensation Provided Clostridium Difficile(C Diff)Vaccine (ages 50+) over $250 Fibromyalgia $371 Healthy Pediatric Volunteer Study–1 time visit Compensation Provided (ages 1 month-21 years) Migraine $200



Upcoming Research Studies

Acne Arthritis of the Knee Common Wart (trunk or extremities) Constipation Diabetic Neuropathy Esophagitis Flu Vaccine (ages 65+) Frequent Night-time Urination Obesity



Do You Get a Seasonal Flu Vaccine?

Do You Get a Seasonal Flu Vaccine? Omega Medical Research will soon be conducting another seasonal flu vaccine study again this year. Call early if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for when it starts. Space will be limited! To qualify you must: • Be 65 years or older There will be no cost to qualified volunteers and you may be reimbursed for time and travel. If interested please contact Omega Medical Research at 401-739-3573 or apply online at www.omegastudies.com.



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