Friday, June 17, 2011

Michael J. Fox Urges Americans to Participate in Research Trials

Michael J. Fox says "Scientific progress starts with us."  He urges Americans to participate in clinical trials in a recent article written in the San Francisco Chronicle. "Today, America is waiting expectantly for a new generation of scientific breakthroughs- in cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, and of course, Parkinson's disease.  Yet we've lost sight of a critical element of any success - own own active engagement in the process" Fox says.  "Across all diseases, according to 2003-2004 research at the National Institutes of Health, 85 percent of clinical trials finish late because of trouble recruiting volunteers." Meanwhile, almost "a third of trials fail to recruit a single subject and cannot ever begin."  He says that everyone can help to find cures for diseases "by donating, volunteering or participating in a trial." 

Read the full piece written by Michael J. Fox in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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