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    I did it before, tink like close to 4 times if not wrong.

    Just FYI, yes there's risk n stuff. But dont forget medication have a few levels of screening. The 1st few levels wud be on animals(rats and stuff like tat). By the time it reaches human testing, it wud be in the latest stages already. N before they can test it out, the company have to go series of testing before the govt approves it. N not suka suka they wanna test they will do the testing.

    N if any side effects develop on the human test subject, the medication will be stop immediately. Any medical condition tat develops fm the drug given will of course be referred to hospital or specialist n of course all being paid for.

    Like i've said there's definitely risk but minimal and of course some people actually gets placebo and not the real drug. So do ur maths. I did mine and 1 study depending on type of drug and the procedure can earns u over 2k in just 10days. It helped me thru my Uni days.

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    Default Re: Would you volunteer as a human "lab mice" for clinical research?

    swee.... xmas coming short on cash... where can i sign up?

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    Default Re: Would you volunteer as a human "lab mice" for clinical research?

    I would like to say that no one should feel like they are being treated as "lab mice" when they participate in clinical trials or research studies. If they should ever feel like one, then I would advise them to withdraw from the study, or not consider joining one.

    While clinical trials and research studies conducted in Spore undergo very close scrunity, there is still an element of risk involved.

    If you are asked to participate, or would like to participate in a research study or trial, there are some things that you should take note of:-

    1) No one can force you to do what you do not want to do. Even when you have joined the study, you are free to withdraw (ie stop participating in the study) without any penalties, or adversely affecting your clinical treatment at any time.

    2) Be sure to read the "Patient Information Sheet & Consent Form" (or similiarly named document) carefully. This piece of documentation will explain what you are signing up for, especially the risks & benefits of the study, and the actions taken should you be injured/hurt as a result of participating in the study.

    This document is NOT a contact in the sense that you are binded to stay in the study. It merely demostrates that the doctor/study team has explained what is involved in the study, and you have given your consent to participate. That being said, you can still pull out anytime (see point 1).

    Make sure that you have a signed copy of this documentation for your own records.

    3) You have the right to ask all the questions you like and to clarify all your doubts. If the doctor appears evasive, or is not forthcoming with information, or if you are still having doubts, then do not participate.

    4) As mentioned, there is always a element of risk in a study, as people will react differently from one another. This risk is very real. Do not assume that since it is all tightly regulated and checked, that nothing bad will happen. Things do, and can, go wrong. Do not be blinded or tempted so easily by the money. In fact, I go as far as to advise that the money should NOT even be your primary motivation or consideration.

    That said, clinical trials and studies do serve a greater purpose. ie: advancing medical science. All the fantastic drugs and devices that we have now, are due to the research conducted by doctors/researchers, and supported by research participants.

    There is plenty of information on the Internet regarding participation in research studies. Just google "research ethics" and you'll be on your way. A good starting point is

    Once you have carefully considered your own circumstances and are comfortable. Then by all means, go for it.

    Good Luck!

    PS: I don't mean to sound preachy. I just wanted to help clear some misconceptions.
    Last edited by Hobbesyeo; 1st December 2005 at 12:10 AM.

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