Medical Research: News & Information


Information and latest developments in medical research and clinical trials regarding health and disability including stemcell research.

Definition: Defining the Meaning of Medical Research

Biomedical research (or experimental medicine) is in general simply known as medical research. It is the basic research, applied research, or translational research conducted to aid and support the development body of knowledge in the field of medicine. An important kind of medical research is clinical research, which is distinguished by the involvement of patients. Other kinds of medical research include pre-clinical research and basic medical research, for example in genetics.

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What is Medical Research

Medical research ranges from fundamental research to clinical and applied technology. Fundamental research involves investigations into biological functions; knowledge thus acquired may then be applied in clinical research to help understand specific diseases and to develop improved treatments, cures and methods of prevention.

Medical research can be divided into two general categories:

  • The evaluation of new treatments for both safety and efficacy in what are termed clinical trials.
  • All other research that contributes to the development of new treatments.

(The latter is termed preclinical research if its goal is specifically to elaborate knowledge for the development of new therapeutic strategies.)

  • Preclinical research is research in basic science, which precedes the clinical trials, and is almost purely based on theory and animal experiments.
  • A clinical trial is a comparison test of a medication or other medical treatment, versus a placebo, other medications and devices, or the standard medical treatment for a patient's condition.

Among the major benefits of medical research have been vaccines for measles and polio, medication for high blood pressure, improved treatments for AIDS, insulin treatment for diabetes, classes of antibiotics for treating a host of maladies, statins and other treatments for atherosclerosis, new surgical techniques such as microsurgery, and increasingly successful treatments for cancer.

In the United States, the most recent data from 2003 suggest that about 94 billion dollars were provided for biomedical research in the United States.

The National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies collectively contribute 26.4 billion dollars and 27.0 billion dollars, respectively, which constitute 28% and 29% of the total, respectively.

In the UK, funding bodies such as the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust derive their assets from UK tax payers, and distribute this to institutions in a competitive manner.

More and more exciting advances in the field of medicine are being discovered each day by doctors, researchers, and scientists around the globe. For instance testing yourself at home for diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis will very soon be as simple as using a home pregnancy testing kit.

In this section of Disabled World News we bring you up to date with all the latest medical news from all over the world.

Latest Medical Research Publications

Researchers exploring focused ultrasound for conditions ranging from breast tumors to Parkinson's Disease.

WellSpringboard is a crowdfunding medical research platform from The University of Michigan Health System.

Research reveals why healthcare costs are running out of control, while costs to unemployment protection are kept in line.

Study reveals yeast infection linked to mental illness and Candida infections also more common among those with memory loss.

New gene-editing technology could eliminate some inherited diseases but also change the course of human evolution.

Research shows social media beneficial for sharing and building upon patient experiences.

Researchers identify new mutation responsible for Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), a degenerative and ultimately fatal movement disorder.

Research reveals being a shorter man or overweight woman leads to lower chances in life - including lower income.

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