OFFERING WOMEN OVER 60 A COMPLIMENTARY SCAN TO DETECT OSTEOPOROSIS
SYNEXUS, the world's
largest multinational company dedicated to the successful
recruitment and running of clinical studies, is currently recruiting
patients for an Osteoporosis study and as part of its campaign is
offering women in MERSEYSIDE over the age of 60, who have not
already been diagnosed with Osteoporosis or taking medication for
it, a complimentary scan to detect whether they have the condition.
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to
become weak and fragile and more likely to break (fracture). These
fractures most commonly occur in the spine, wrist and hip.
Approximately 3 million people in the UK are thought to have
osteoporosis, and there are over 230,000 fractures every year as a
DXA scans, which are a special type of X-ray that measure bone
density, are most commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis. They can
also be used to assess the risk of osteoporosis developing. Synexus
has extensive experience in conducting clinical studies for
Osteoporosis and has performed DXA scans on over 7000 patients in
the last year alone.
As part of Synexus' recruitment campaign for a new Osteoporosis
study that it is undertaking, it is offering complimentary DXA scans
to women over the age of 60, who have not already been diagnosed
with the condition or taking medication for it, at it's Dedicated
Research Centre in MERSEYSIDE between now and the end of July.
The DXA scans take about 10-20 minutes and involve lying on a couch
whilst the arm of the machine passes over the body; it does not
involve being enclosed in a mechanical tunnel and the scan is simple
Women who would like to find out more or visit Synexus' Dedicated
Clinical Research Centre in MERSEYSIDE for a complimentary DXA scan
should contact:- 0151 550 9951 and quote reference number:- 8714
Patients whose DXA scan results detect Osteoporosis will be given
the opportunity to participate in the Osteoporosis study that
Synexus is undertaking. There is no obligation for people to
participate and if they do decide to take part, their GP will be
kept fully informed of their involvement. Patients will be
reimbursed for all reasonable out of pocket expenses if they are
accepted onto the study.
Not everyone will be suitable for the study but the DXA scan will
give an indication whether a patient is at risk of developing
Osteoporosis in the future and enable them to take preventative
Mrs Patricia McNeilage first visited Synexus in 2008 after receiving
a letter from her GP about an osteoporosis study that Synexus was
running. As part of the recruitment campaign for the study Synexus
was offering certain women local to Synexus' Dedicated Clinical
Research Centres a complimentary DXA scan. When Mrs McNeilage had
the scan at Synexus she was diagnosed with osteopenia which is the
early signs of bone loss that can develop into osteoporosis.
Mrs McNeilage explains:-
"After having the scan at Synexus I was diagnosed with osteopenia
and the staff at the centre took the time to carefully explain to me
what this meant. Although I did not meet the criteria to take part
in the study if I hadn't of gone along to see Synexus that day I
would never of known about the osteopenia. Because it was detected
early I have been able to liaise with my GP and take action to
prevent it from getting worse and turning into osteoporosis. I have
been taking a calcium supplement since I was diagnosed and my last
scan showed no signs of osteopenia. I am so thankful to Synexus, if
it wasn't for them I could be suffering with severe osteoporosis
Since then Mrs McNeilage has visited Synexus several times to
register her interest in other studies. She says:- "I would
have no hesitation in taking part in a study with Synexus in the
future. The staff are excellent and there is absolutely nothing to
be afraid of. You get a thorough health examination from head to toe
so, even if you don't get accepted to take part in the study, you
have peace of mind about your health."
Participating in a Synexus clinical study means patients receive
increased medical attention and may benefit from medications that
aren't yet available to other sufferers of their condition, while
making a positive contribution to the health of future generations.
For more information about Synexus and the other studies that it is
currently conducting visit:-
Ear's looking at
100,000 of you, kid!
THE Bionic Ear Show from
national charity Deafness Research UK passed a major milestone in
April, having been seen and heard by over 100,000 children and
adults throughout the UK since its launch in 2007. The award winning
show has also passed the 10,000 mark this week for the number of
adults who have received its free hearing screenings.
The road show's achievements were celebrated with 'business as
usual', with several performances at Fircroft Primary School (Wandsworth,
London) on 16 April 2013, followed by a show choc-full of fun science at
the Science Alive Festival in Harlow in Essex on 17 April 2013.
Delivered by its ever popular and irrepressible presenter Tobin May,
together with 'the world's largest ear', the roadshow tours
the country with its message on good hearing health. The show has
blossomed over the years, culminating in reaching the 2012 National
Lottery Awards final.
"The thought that we have been seen by over 100,000 adults and
children is an amazing and a humbling one.
When we set out on the road for the first time, few would have
predicted that we would reach so many people and enjoy such success
and popular support from the businesses and communities we have
visited. If you had told me back in 2007 that we would reach 100,000
people and be finalists in the National Lottery Awards, I would not
have believed you." said Tobin.
The Bionic Ear Show is an interactive 'story of sound' that
helps people to understand how the hearing system works, how hearing
is lost, and how to look after it. While lots of fun, the show also
explains how current and future medical research could provide
effective treatments for hearing loss. As a former teacher, Tobin
employs a variety of techniques and activities to get the hearing
message across. These include a 22ft long display explaining how the
ear works; plus group activities like 'guess that tune'.
"While Deafness Research UK remains committed to supporting
world class research, it's vital we get the hearing health messages
out there for all and, as our flagship outreach programme, the
Bionic Ear Show has proved an undeniable success. The show stands as
a visible testament to the positive impact that Deafness Research UK
has had on people's lives and Tobin and the rest of the team who
work on this project have played a key role in making sure that it
has a lasting legacy in terms of education and awareness." said
Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK.
The idea of the show was originally conceived by Professor Matthew
Holley of Sheffield University's Department of Biomedical Science.
At the heart of the show's success is its ability to be both simple
enough to keep children entertained, yet sophisticated enough for an
expert not to be bored.
The show has literally reached the four corners of the UK, with
extended stays with the people of the Shetland Islands, plus keynote
visits to Northern Ireland, alongside hundreds of visits to schools
and businesses throughout mainland UK. From large manufacturing
concerns to small schools and community groups, from SMEs to oil
rigs, no distance has been too great or location to remote for the
Bionic Ear Show to reach. Thanks to sponsorship along the way, from
Specsavers, the Scottish Government and BUPA to its current sponsor
the Big Lottery Fund; it has all been delivered to audiences free of
Hearing loss is a growing problem in the UK, affecting 1 in 6
people; that is more than 10 million people; so, despite reaching over
100,000 and counting, the show's messages are more relevant than
ever. Tobin's infectious style captures the imagination and no
scientific knowledge is required to enjoy the spectacle.
Anyone who would like the Bionic Ear Show to visit their school,
community group or event free of charge should contact Laura Turner
at Deafness Research UK on:- 020 7164 2294 or email Laura at:-
You can also find out lots more about the
Bionic Ear Show at:-