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(It's not the Ritz-Carlton, but it won't cost you an arm and a leg either....)

1/22/2015 4:10:34 PM
Categories: Breakthroughs

“Doing our part” for clinical research involves a number of different types of evaluations. One of the most interesting elements of research involves a Phase I evaluation. In this phase of research, patients have the opportunity to work closely with staff and physicians to determine whether a new product or therapy fits a specific medical condition. For patients, these programs generally offer a higher rate of compensation.

JCCR proudly announces that we have been selected as a Phase I research site for several state-of-the-art treatments for congestive heart failure and multiple sclerosis.

Please contact us if you or someone you know would qualify to participate in one of our Phase I programs and become a part of a possible future breakthrough!

A conversation with your heart

1/20/2015 7:56:16 PM
Categories: Musings

Godiva chocolate?  No. Hershey’s kiss?  No. Whitman’s Sampler?  No.

Of all the wonderful candies that are marketed especially for Valentine’s Day, my very favorite by far are conversation hearts. You know, the old-school ones that are kinda chalky? My family makes fun of me about this. In fact, after all this time they won’t even indulge me anymore by letting me read the pithy phrases out loud with enthusiasm.

As most of us know, February is American Heart Month and there are numerous reminders and tips for heart health in the media and in coordinated public events. For Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research, however, heart health is part of who we are every day of the year. Our contributions to cardiovascular research have put us ahead of our peers in the research world, and we take pride in the fact that many research programs involving novel therapies are offered exclusively at our sites in the early phases of development.

So, what if we developed our own line of JCCR conversation hearts? What would they say?

Don’t stress……. Your treadmill is calling…..Laugh more…… Stop smoking…….Go vegan…… Put down that french fry!..... Know your risk factors……Love your heart….

So, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’d like to challenge you to make heart health part of your everyday routine. For yourself and for your sweetheart.  Call us today to see how we can encourage you to do just that.

Navigating the Season of Swirl.......

12/17/2014 8:25:42 PM
Categories: Musings

“Holidays in general breed unrealistic expectations. The minute you start wondering, ‘is it going to be wonderful enough?’, it never will be.”

  • Pepper Schwartz, Sociologist and Author

Whether you agree with this sentiment or not, most of us have come face to face with unrealistic expectations at one time or another. It doesn’t even have to be the holidays either. We could be talking about our jobs, our kids, or most likely ourselves. The holidays just have the potential to distill all of the unrealized promises into one frantic season of swirl.

So, my holiday recommendation for myself, and for you in turn, is to slow down and take a deep breath. We all know that balance and moderation are key to overload prevention in the best of circumstances, but even more so when our environment is spinning out of control. In fact, the CDC publishes Holiday Health and Safety Tips which includes timely recommendations such as: stay warm and dry; keep a positive attitude; get enough sleep; choose healthy foods and avoid too much alcohol.

REALLY?? Not that these aren’t fantastic suggestions, but REALLY?? Why do we have to be told these things?

Maybe it’s because that during this time of year, our normal, common, and healthy behaviors get pushed aside by unrealistic expectations and all bets are off. We spend so much time planning and executing and fretting that when it’s said and done, it’s over. So, let’s make a pact with ourselves and with one another to agree that we can’t be in two places at one time, there are still only 24 hours in a day and still only seven days in a week. Will we be happier and healthier as a result? Odds are, yes. But more importantly, we won’t be left wondering if it was “wonderful enough” because we will have been there to see it for ourselves.