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The Science Inside Your Health

This booklet on biomedical research talks about how far health and scientific research has come in the last 150 years, making diseases like malaria and measles much less threatening than they once were. It discusses the role science-based research has played in combatting disease and the challenges society faces in continuing that fight. It also goes into detail about clinical trials and the role volunteers play in them.

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The Science Inside: Your Health.

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The print version will be available in early September. Please request one by clicking here and letting us know how many copies you would like.

Resources in English

Background Information on Clinical Research
CenterWatch, Inc.
Answers basic questions about clinical trials.

Questions and Answers about Health Insurance
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Offers explanations for different types of healthcare plans and checklists to help you determine which ones best meet your needs.

Choosing a Doctor
National Institute on Aging
Explains how to find a new doctor. Aimed at the elderly, but usable by anyone.

The Clinical Center Patient Handbook
National Institute of Health Clinical Center
Gives a number of resources and guidelines for those participating in NIH clinical trials.

Clinical Trials: Get the Facts about Cancer Prevention Studies
National Cancer Institute
Explains cancer prevention studies.

Curiosity Creates Cures: The Value and Impact of Basic Research
National Institutes of General Medical Sciences
Talks about the importance of general scientific research.

A Guide to Understanding Informed Consent: Introduction
National Cancer Institute
Explains what informed consent is and why you need to understand it before participating in a clinical trial.

An Introduction to Clinical Trials
National Institutes of Health
Provides basic but thorough information about what clinical trials are and what is involved in participating in one.

Medicare and Clinical Trials
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Explains how Medicare recipients can participate in clinical trials.

Quick Tips When Talking To Your Doctor
US PHS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to get the most out of talking with your doctor.

The Right to Health: A Resource Manual for NGOs
AAAS
Shows health professionals, their associations and NGOs some of the practical ways they can promote, protect and monitor the right to health in their communities and countries.

Taking Part in Research Studies: What Questions Should You Ask?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gives list of questions to ask before signing up for a clinical trial.

Twenty Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to avoid medical errors in your own health care.

Recursos En Español

Cobertura Medicare para pruebas clínicas
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Explains how Medicare recipients can participate in clinical trials.

Consejos—para cuando visite a su médico
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to get the most out of talking with your doctor.

Elección y uso de un plan de salud indice
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to choose and use a healthcare plan.

Veinte recomendaciones para ayudar a prevenir los errores medicos
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Explains how to avoid medical errors in your own health care.