Aventura, FL October 29, 2012
October 29, 2012 – South Florida Medical Research has announced that it is seeking participants for a clinical study on nocturia, a frequent nighttime urination problem that interferes with one’s ability to sleep through the night.
Nocturia is a common urological problem which if left untreated, may lead to sleep deprivation caused by the repeated nighttime trips to the bathroom. The effects of nocturia may also compromise an individual’s quality of life during daytime hours as well as at nighttime. A person without nocturia can sleep 6 to 8 hours without having to urinate, whereas a person with severe nocturia may have to get up to urinate five or six times during the night.
Nocturia primarily occurs after the age of 55, but may also occur at a younger age. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 65% of adults between age 55 and 84 reported a nocturia disturbance at least a few nights per week.
Nocturia may be the result of excess urine production, high fluid intake, untreated diabetes (Types I or II), congestive heart failure, edema (swelling) of the legs, sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, certain medications, and other medical conditions. It is important to get complete examination and consult your doctor with any questions about your condition.
South Florida Medical Research is currently conducting a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of medication to treat nocturia.
All trial-related visits, testing and study medications or placebos will be provided to participants at no cost, and compensation for travel costs may be available.
A clinical trial is a research study to answer specific questions about investigational treatments, or new ways of using known treatments. All prescription medications that are FDA approved for use have gone through the clinical trial process. South Florida Medical Research conducts clinical trials and research studies to help uncover new, innovative medical treatments.
By volunteering to participate in a clinical study, patients become a critical link in a long chain of research and testing during the drug development process. Benefits to clinical study participants include access to expert medical treatment during the trial at no cost, education about their illness and knowing that you are helping others who may be affected by your condition.
To learn more about this clinical trial and find out if you are eligible to participate, please visit the South Florida Medical Research website or call 305-931-8080.
About South Florida Medical Research:
For more than 20 years, South Florida Medical Research has been dedicated to the development of future medical treatments and therapies. Through clinical trials and research, it is possible to develop newer, more innovative therapies for a wide range of medical issues.
Through its clinical trial programs, South Florida Medical Research serves the medical community by contributing to the understanding of diseases which affect many lives. The broad range of medical research conducted by South Florida Medical Research incorporates the fields of urology, sexual health, obstetrics/gynecology, cardiology, neurology, psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, cancer research and more.
South Florida Medical Research Executive Director Marc C. Gittelman, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Board-certified urologist, in practice since 1988. Dr. Gittleman has overseen more than 350 clinical research trials since 1992. SFMR physician staff includes six urologists, two gynecologists, a cardiologist/internal medicine specialist, a rheumatologist, two neurologists and a family medicine practitioner. This private, research-specific facility has 16 full-time trained research staff members dedicated to conducting clinical trials. A strong patient recruitment department and clinical and data quality assurance staff ensures SFMR processes are accurate and complete.