The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched a new website designed to educate the public about clinical trials and to (hopefully) attract more volunteers for the life-saving studies.
According to the NIH, it's the lack of public knowledge about clinical trials in medical research that poses the greatest challenge to scientists hoping to recruit volunteer subjects. It's a problem they're hoping to remedy through the new site.
Go to health.nih.gov and you’ll find all sorts of tidbits about clinical trials, which are credited with such breakthroughs as curing the first solid tumor through chemotherapy to recognizing the benefits of nitroglycerin in response to heart attacks.
The site explains the role of these human studies for identifying and understanding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as providing visitors with information about the requirements of participation in clinical trials.
The NIH says clinical trials are vital to driving medical studies and improved health outcomes worldwide.