NeuroTrials Research Open House

March 29, 2011

Have you ever been curious about what goes on in a clinical research facility? Come peek inside!

Senior Outreach is hosting an Open House at NeuroTrials Research on Thursday, May 5.

At the event our doctors, researchers, and staff will be available to answer any questions you may have about research studies. There will be opportunities for you to hear about our current and upcoming studies and receive information about how to qualify.

Additionally, there will be food and drinks available as well as door prizes every hour. The event will run from 2-6 PM.

To RSVP, visit our Facebook page. Then help spread the word! Invite friends and family.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Can Your Bedroom Change Your Sleep?

March 17, 2011

The recently released National Sleep Foundation 2011 Sleep In America poll  found that 43% of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights.

Can your bedroom, or the things in your bedroom, have an impact on your sleep quality?

Most Americans believe so. Another NSF poll from January found that most Americans believe the comfort and cleanliness of their bedroom play a key role in getting a good night’s sleep.

More than 9 out of 10 of those surveyed said mattresses and pillows are important in good sleep. More than 75% of respondents also believe the comfort level of sheets and bedding also plays an important role in sleep satisfaction.

Do you feel more rested on clean sheets? You are not alone. More than 70% of respondents admitted to being more comfortable on fresh, clean sheets.

Finally, you can tell your mom she was right-the poll found that people who make their bed every day are more likely to say they get a good night’s sleep than those who don’t.

Other tips for creating a cozy sleep environment:

  • Your bedroom should be cool and dark. If you are sensitive to light or have large windows, consider installing blocker shades or dark, heavy curtains.
  • Watch tv in the living room! Your bedroom should only be for sleep. The light from tvs and laptops could cause disturbances in your sleep.
  • Keep your bedroom clutter free. A peaceful room promotes peaceful sleep.

Already have a bedroom and mattress made for sweet dreams? NeuroTrials Research is conducting a study on mattresses and sleep quality. Eligible participants may receive compensation for time and travel. You may qualify if you:

  • are between the ages of 25-65.
  • sleep on a queen-size mattress less than 10 years old.
  • have a bed partner that can participate in the study.
  • do not have a diagnosed sleep disorder.

For more information or to see if you qualify, call 404-851-9934 or fill out our form.

Seizure Response Dogs Used for Epilepsy Patients

March 1, 2011

Best Self Atlanta‘s February newsletter discusses how seizure response dogs are utilized for epilepsy patients. Over 2 million Americans have epilepsy, and most cases develop during early childhood or in patients over 65.

In about 70% of epilepsy cases, no cause can be found.

Canine Assistants, a Milton-based nonprofit organization profiled in the Best Self piece, trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with a wide variety of physical disabilities or special needs, including seizure response dogs. Depending on the need of the patient, the dog assigned to them is trained to: remain next to the person during the course of a seizure, summon help in a controlled environment, or retrieve a phone prior to the seizure.

Some dogs can even alert an individual of an impending seizure. However, there is currently no method for identifying which dogs are capable of this. Research shows that there is no gender, age, or breed identifier.

In addition to their assistance in times of medical emergencies, seizure response dogs provide companionship to their owners. The Canine Assistants program allows the owners to decide whether others can pet their dogs, giving many young children a chance to socialize with their peers.