This is a week when I am a big fan of technology -- a distinction because there surely are other weeks when I want to throw my computer out the window or drive over my iPhone. My favorable outlook is due today to one personal and one professional improvement. At home, we have been trying for months to work out a good system to play our digitized music. We live in a very old house, and there apparently are issues with what is in the walls (and what it might be, I have no idea) as well as more common kinks in the system. A friend suggested that we download and try the "Remote" app, and it worked!
The work-related success is this announcement from the NCI about a new clinical trials portal and app. This is a well organized and easy way to explore the possibilities.
New Clinical Trials Portal and Apps Available
A new portal, NIH Clinical Research Trials and You, provides information about the risks and benefits of taking part in a clinical trial, how to find a trial, and questions to ask when considering participation in a trial.
The site also features stories from researchers and volunteers who have participated in clinical trials and downloadable materials for professionals interested in raising awareness about trials.
In a related effort, NCI's Center for Cancer Research (CCR) recently launched NCITrials@NIH, a free application (app) for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that provides mobile access to CCR's list of cancer clinical
trials. The app enables oncologists, patients, and families to find and share information about NCI-sponsored clinical trials at CCR. The app allows users to search more than 150 clinical trials, save pages as favorites, and
share information via Twitter and e-mail.
In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also launched its own free iPad app, which allows users to access a wealth of CDC resources, including information on cancer prevention and screening.