2nd Quarter 2014

Heartland Research Newsletter

Measles on the Home Front

Up until a few years ago measles was pretty much eradicated in the US with fewer and fewer cases each year. Recently though a resurgence has appeared in this year. From January 1st through July 11th, 566 cases have been reported in 20 states which is the highest number of cases seen since its documented elimination in the year 2000. In Kansas alone, we have seen 14 confirmed cases with 11 being in Sedgwick County.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease which is spread through the air by breathing, sneezing or coughing. Once infected with the virus, the individual will experience fever, blotchy rash, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, achiness, and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth. These symptoms can begin anywhere between 7 and 14 days from the time of infection.

Three to five days after the start of initial symptoms, a red or reddish-brown rash appears, The rash usually begins on a person’s face at the hairline and spreads downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit which is very dangerous to life. (www.cdc.gov)

To prevent measles, it is recommended to get vaccinated with a combination of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. Vaccines not only help to prevent contracting disease, but also to prevent the spreading of disease. Vaccines are still the best way to prevent getting measles. Heartland Research is currently enrolling in a Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine. To learn more click here.

A Few Things to Know About Cold Sores

Do you or someone you know have cold sores? If so, you’re probably aware of the pain and discomfort cold sores can cause as well as the visual blister that accompanies them. If you are unfamiliar with cold sores, cold sores (otherwise known as fever blisters) are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. The healing period is several days to 2 weeks.

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus which usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person comes in direct contact with a cold sore or the infected fluid such as from sharing utensils or drinking cups and even kissing. Parent to child is the most frequent passing of the infection.

Once infected, cold sores lay dormant until a cold sore trigger “wakes them up” which then results in a visible sore. Some triggers of a cold sore are fatigue, stress, excessive sun exposure, hormone levels, and illness such as a cold or the flu. It is very important to keep your immune system up in order to fight a cold sore outbreak. All of these triggers just mentioned can weaken your immune system making your body easy prey to cold sores. So, stay rested, keep calm, wear sun protection, and stay away from illness to keep strong against cold sores.

Ninety percent of all people get at least one cold sore in their life with 40% having repeat cold sores. If you or someone you know is one of that 40% visit our study page for our currently enrolling Cold Sores Study.

Flu Outlook for 2014-2015

What sort of flu season is expected this year?

It’s not possible to predict what this flu season will be like. Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from on year to another.

When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?

The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.

What should I do to prepare for this flu season?

Center for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the top three or four flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. Getting the flu vaccine before the start of seasonal flu activity each year is always a good idea, and the protection you get from vaccination will last throughout the flu season.

What should I do to protect my loved ones from flu this season?

Encourage your loved ones to get vaccinates as soon as vaccine becomes available in their communities, preferably by October. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious flu complications, and their close contacts. Children between 6 months and 8 years of age may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected from flu.

-Article taken from www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2014-2015

Heartland Research will soon be enrolling in a flu vaccine study of an investigational medication. To learn more on how to participate, click here.

 

Meet Dr. Kahr

Heartland Research Associates is thrilled to announce that Dr. Gregory Kahrs will be a new clinical investigator with Heartland! Dr. Kahr’s is a board certified family practice physician with his practice located at the Newton Medical Plaza of Park City.

Dr. Kahrs emphasizes a full range of office-based family medicine from infants to seniors, as well as occupational and school related exams and evaluations.

Dr. Kahrs is a Wichita native and Fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Kahrs graduated with a B.A. from Wichita State University in 1984. He attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine followed by a residency in Family Medicine in Milwaukee Wisconsin at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Kahrs joined the United States Air Force in 2003 to assist in the middle-east conflict and is now back in private practice.

We are excited to partner with Newton Medical Center and Dr. Kahrs to serve the Park City community with clinical research. Area residents will now have the opportunity to receive medical care and help from researchers to find new treatments.

If you are interested in learning more about study opportunities with Dr. Kahrs please call 316-804-7403.

Website Facelift

Heartland Research strives to keep those interested in volunteering for clinical research updated about studies and events at our locations. To hlep accommodate this vision we will be launching our website to incorpoate more of what our viewers want to view. The updated design will enhance

  • volunteer testimonials
  • refer a friend or family member
  • featured studies
  • Heartland newsletters

 

Heartland newsletters will now be available by email. We recognize this is a big change from how we have operated and delivered the printed Heartland Research newsletter in the past. But this evolution allows us to increase frequency, improve delivery time, and meet the expectations of readers wanting study information instantsly. To sign up to receive instant viewable newsletters, study updates, and events please go to (link)

Upcoming Flu Studies

Call to see if your child is eligible to participate an upcoming flu study.

East Wichita – 316-689-6635

  • Adult – Ages 18-49
  • Pediatrics – 6 months – 35 months of Age
  • Adolescents – 3-17 Years of Age

West Wichita – 316-462-0420

  • Adult – Ages 18-49
  • Pediatrics – 6 months – 35 months of Age

Newton – 316-283-0828

  • Pediatrics – 6 months – 35 months of Age

Augusta – 316-260-4713

  • Pediatrics – 6 months – 35 months of Age

Park City – 316-804-7403

  • Pediatrics – 6 months – 35 months of Age