Don’t Downplay Your Pain
In recent months, many of our studies have involved researching treatments for pain in joints and muscles. And in talking with potential volunteers for these studies, our recruitment team has noticed an unfortunate but natural habit of some of our candidates.
Our pain treatment studies are great opportunities for those dealing with pain to get early access to new and investigational treatments for their condition. However, many candidates that could potentially be a fit for these studies are continuing to eliminate themselves before reaching an initial visit. In order to qualify for many of these studies, it may be required that you experience a certain level of pain in your day-to-day life. So when we speak with you, it is important that you consider the realization of you pain levels.
When our recruiters are working through the process of informing you about joining a pain treatment study, one of the most important questions we ask is ‘how severe is your pain?’ And it’s your response to this question that may determine if you’re a potential fit for a study.
For example, those of you with knee issues often experience some level of pain around the clock. Sometimes it hurts a lot and sometimes it’s ‘not so bad.’ Either way, you always have some discomfort, and this discomfort is pain. But because some level of pain is always there, you may have a naturally high tolerance for it. And when we are speaking with you, you naturally downplay the severity of your pain.
Remember, just because you manage to live with chronic pain every day does not make your pain any less severe! Ask yourself, ‘how might my pain compare to someone without any pain?’ A good day for you might be considered unbearable to someone else. If walking up the stairs creates serious discomfort in your knee, recall the time when it didn’t hurt at all and make a comparison!
It is of course constructive to live life with a positive attitude despite this discomfort. However, in this situation, objectively acknowledging your pain may lead to opportunities for relief. This does not make you a complainer, just an analyzer of your symptoms.
We are asking that you don’t downplay your pain! Be objective and honest when discussing your pain levels with us. We are in this together to advance the quality of life for both you and those dealing with your same condition.
Do You Know About Pneumonia?
The infection in the lungs known as pneumonia can be caused by many factors; germs, viruses, and other complications can all lead to this disease. And while there are several types of pneumonia, they all involve one or both of your lungs becoming infected. During the infection, when the alveoli (air sacs in your lungs) become filled with fluid instead of air, breathing becomes difficult and the spread of oxygen in the body is distressed. Serious complications and even death can occur due to this infection.
Who is at risk?
- Elderly adults over 65 years of age and young children.
- Individuals with additional health complications such as heart failure, COPD, and diabetes.
- Those with chronic and pre-existing diseases that create weakened immune systems.
- Living an unhealthy lifestyle including malnutrition and cigarette smoking.
- Over 3 million people contract pneumonia each year in the United States and more than 500,000 of these people will be hospitalized.
- Pneumonia is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and kills an estimated 50,000 Americans each year.
- Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children worldwide killing over 1 million children under the age of 5 each year.
Treatment and Prevention.
- Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can help prevent pneumonia.
- Avoiding an environment of poor air quality can decrease the chance of contracting pneumonia.
- Staying away from individuals who have contagious diseases can keep you healthy.
- Getting vaccinated to prevent certain viruses that can lead to pneumonia can be very effective.
At RCR, we are now enrolling adults age 50 and over who would like to receive the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine as part of a clinical research study. If you are interested in learning about this opportunity, please visit the study page or call us at 585-288-0890 for more information.
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5 Steps to Joining a Research Study
One of the most common questions we receive from potentials volunteers is, ‘What does it take to join a research study?’ If you have been a part of a study before, then you know how it works. Still, it’s always good to refresh yourself on the procedure. If you haven’t joined us for a research study before, you’ve come to the right article. Here are the 5 steps to joining a research study:
Step 1: Identify a study of interest
There are many ways you can find out about a study at RCR whether it be radio, television, social media or the internet. The best place to locate our currently enrolling studies is www.rcrclinical.com. By glancing through our current studies, you can see if something might be a fit for you. If you do not see a study that works for you, give us call or email us at email@example.com and we’ll keep you in the loop when something pops up!
Step 2: See if you qualify
After you have a study in mind, the next step is seeing if you qualify. One way to do this is by visiting the study page on our website. We provide a ‘Check Right Now’ button for you to click and see if you pre-qualify using the entry criteria. By clicking the ‘Check Right Now’ button and answering the questions listed, you will be prompted to ‘Request a Phone Screen.’ As always, if you learn about one of our studies somewhere else than the internet, call us and we can bring you up to speed.
Step 3: Pre-screening
You have found a study of interest and reached out to us about potentially enrolling. At this point, one of our recruitment specialists will now have a phone conversation with you about the study and its requirements. This conversation is a very important step in joining a study as you will be able to ask and learn about every detail of the study. After you pass a pre-screen, you will then visit us in person.
Step 4: Screening visit
Welcome to Rochester Clinical Research! At this initial visit, one of our doctors will discuss your medical status and the benefits and consequences of joining the study. Don’t fear – our biggest goal is keeping you informed and safe. After a screening visit and a review of your medical history, you will be invited to join the research study if you meet the criteria.
Step 5: Enrollment
Congratulations! At this point you will now have enrolled in a research study. By volunteering, you are advancing medicine and improving the quality of life for someone in need.
Check out our currently enrolling studies here. Don’t see something you like? Give us a call at 585-288-0890.
5 Causes of Osteoarthritis
Uncomfortable might be the best word to summarize the condition known as osteoarthritis. This disease is the most common form of arthritis and can occur in any joint in the body. Here are five causes of the ailment that affects more than 27 million people in the United States.
Age – Your risk for osteoarthritis greatly increases as you get older. Those older than 45 are most vulnerable statistically.
Genetics – As with many conditions, your chance of getting osteoarthritis increases significantly when it is in your genes.
Gender – Osteoarthritis is much more prevalent in women than in men.
Weight – Osteoarthritis is a joint complication. Therefore the greater the stress (or weight) placed on the joint, the likelier your risk of osteoarthritis.
Injury – Injuries to joints in the body can open the door to developing osteoarthritis down the road.
This disease is nothing to deal with on your own. Osteoarthritis can be very painful as it worsens over time. And the care of a doctor is a necessity. If you or someone you know if dealing with osteoarthritis of the hip, please consider our research trial on this condition. You can find more information on our study page. Please call us at 585-288-0890 with any questions or concerns.
The Importance of Flu Vaccine Research Studies
Are you aware that the flu vaccine requires revision every fall to ensure it is effective in helping Americans avoid the flu? Without these annual adjustments, the vaccine you receive at your drug store or doctor’s office would not do the job it was meant to do; it would not stop the flu.
Every year, the influenza virus goes through a mutation which renders last season’s flu vaccine not as powerful. This new flu virus is more capable of infecting individuals and outperforming the existing flu vaccine. It is extremely important to match the new vaccine to the new flu virus as the strain deviates each season. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that during years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to the circulating virus, it’s possible that no benefit from the flu vaccination may be observed. On the contrary, the CDC states that with a proper match between the vaccine and virus, the vaccine can be very effective.
In clinical research testing, volunteers play a vital role in confirming that a new vaccine is indeed efficient. Without research volunteers, there would be no advancement of the vaccine. Without advancement, many more people would suffer through the flu. And considering the flu kills an estimated 36,000 people every year, it is vital to have an efficient flu vaccine every fall.
It is important to note that in researching the vaccine, clinical research sites adhere to strict and legally-binding ethics and moral codes. Mandated safety precautions mean volunteers are overseen to the greatest extent to guarantee well-being. On top of that, the FDA and CDC monitor each and every vaccine being disseminated and tested across the country. It is important to understand that: No, you cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine and yes, you will directly benefit Americans everywhere.
Are you now interested in advancing a new vaccine? Volunteers are needed and right now is the time. Every volunteer creates a step toward preventing illness and potential death. At Rochester Clinical Research, we proudly participate in advancing the flu vaccine every fall. Volunteers who visit us know they are advancing medicine and saving lives.
At Rochester Clinical Research, we now have multiple openings for volunteers interested in helping their family and friends avoid the flu this year. Each volunteer will receive study-related care and medication at no cost and compensation will be provided. Please call Rochester Clinical Research today at 585-288-0890 to find out how you can participate.
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“Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Third Edition” Available Now
With the third installment of her series on rheumatoid arthritis now in bookstores, Dr. Tammi Shlotzhauer answers a few questions about her new book “Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Third Edition.”
Q: Congratulations on the publishing of your new book, “Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Third Edition.” What have you added with the updated edition?
A: Thank you! The book has been extensively revised. So much has happened in the past 11 years that very little of the last edition has remained. The new medications for RA are numerous and, of course, that part of the book has been updated significantly. I have tried to describe how the immune system is effected by RA and how the new medications combat those changes. There are several new illustrations that I hope will help clarify this complex area as well. The biggest revisions, however, have occurred in the parts of the book that describe how RA may be triggered in the person with the right genetic predisposition. In discussing those potential triggers, there is much new information on the effects of smoking, obesity, and diet on the development of RA. This is reviewed in detail and has some exciting implications for treatment.
Q: What can readers expect from the new book in terms of takeaways and advice?
A: More than in previous editions, there is much more information on what you can do to control RA with non-pharmaceutical approaches that work together with the new and exciting medications that are now available. Readers will have a thorough understanding on the benefits and limitations of all areas of treatment: exercise, diet, supplements, alternative treatments, and medications. They will also learn about how stress and poor lifestyle choices can actually worsen RA. More importantly, they will read about techniques to reduce these triggers and create a healthier existence. Although there are many remaining questions about the best approach to treating RA, the reader will have an enhanced understanding of the issues at hand. They will be well prepared to understand the choices that they will need to make when managing this condition.
Q: What are your hopes for this new third edition?
A: My hopes are that people will read this book and be as excited as I am about the hope for each of their futures. That future is bright! My hope is that people reading this book will feel much more optimistic and equipped to handle this condition, its obstacles, and the decisions that will be presented to them regarding treatment.
Q: What does the future hold for rheumatoid arthritis patients?
A: I believe that the future is very promising. The new medications available have made it possible to significantly improve the lifestyle of even the most significant cases of RA. New data on the effects of diet are just starting to surface. There are still many questions, but as we learn more about the genetics and triggers of RA, we will be closer to learning how to prevent this condition. Until then, the new information and treatments available now will certainly enhance the wellness of people who are struggling with RA today.
The book is available now in hardcover, paperback, and digital at publishers everywhere, including Amazon.
Diabetes Self-Management Group 2014
At Rochester Clinical Research, we know that too many people in our community face daily life with diabetes. That is why we are happy to announce enrollment for our fall 2014 Diabetes Self-Management Group. This series is free and will provide support and advice to those who deal with diabetes in our community. Every Wednesday in October, we will host a diabetes expert who will aim to make the lives of diabetics easier.
Fall 2014 Schedule
Call today to reserve a seat!
Space is limited! If you or someone you know might be interested, please call us today at 585-288-0890. We look forward to helping diabetics learn more about living with their condition.
Why You Should Have a Biometric Screening
Have you heard the term biometric screening before? Now you have, and it might be in your best interest to schedule one of these screenings as soon as possible.
What is a biometric screening?
A biometrics screening is a simple procedure performed by a medical professional at a regulated healthcare organization to calculate someone’s basic health statistics, otherwise known as biometrics. These screenings are quick, painless, and informative – some of the reasons why you should consider scheduling one.
What is measured at a biometric screening?
At each screening, your important biometrics are assessed. A screening typically includes measurement of your:
- Height and weight
- Body mass index
- Glucose level
- Blood pressure
- HDL/LDL and total cholesterol (lipid profile)
- A1c blood sugar (for diabetics)
Why should I have a biometric screening?
- By knowing your biometric numbers, you will be able to assess your current level of well-being. This can help you begin or continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
- Many insurance companies and employers provide an incentive for individuals to undergo a biometric screening. The data received at your visit can be transferred to your provider to potentially arrange for an insurance discount or rebate. Some companies offer up to $300 annually for people to undergo a biometric screening! However, it’s best if you check your insurance plan to be sure.
- Most companies use biometric screening data to guide corporate wellness programs and work environments which can create a better work atmosphere for both you and your employer.
RCR is now offering biometric screenings!
At RCR, each biometric screening is performed by one of our certified medical professionals and normally takes less than 15 minutes. Through a sample blood droplet, your results are available in minutes. You will also be able to discuss these number with a member of our medical staff. And, we are happy to listen to any concerns you might have.
If applicable, a copy of your results will be sent to your doctor. We will also ask you if it is okay to retain a copy for future contact.
What is the cost of a screening?
At Rochester Clinical Research, we happily provide screenings free of charge to everyone. No Co-pay is required and health insurance or employment is not necessary.
How can I schedule a screening?
At any time, we are happy to field questions or concerns on biometric screenings. To inquire about scheduling an appointment please call us at 585-288-0890. Or visit the study page where you can click the ‘Check Right Now’ button to submit your information. What are you waiting for? All you need is 15 free minutes!
To determine if there is an incentive available for you to undergo a screening, we recommend that you contact your employer or insurer. Your insurance provider may have paperwork relating to their Wellness program that you may need to bring to our office.
Two New Faces at Rochester Clinical Research
Please welcome Lisa and Matt to Rochester Clinical Research.
Lisa Guasp has joined RCR as a study coordinator. In her new role, she will facilitate and manage research studies here at RCR. Lisa previously spent several years working in pediatrics, specifically in pediatric cardiologyand working in the NICU. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her puppy, traveling, spending time with friends, and practicing yoga. Lisa has a B.S. in Nursing from the University at Buffalo.
Matt Hurley joins the RCR team as the marketing and public relations coordinator. In his position, he will handle a wide variety of tasks involving marketing, promotions, and website management. Matt has previously worked in advertising and communications. Outside of work, he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Matt has a M.B.A and B.A. from St. John Fisher College.
Pat Larrabee’s Recent Roadtrips
Our CEO Pat Larrabee has spent a significant amount of time on the road and in the air over the last two weeks. Her destinations have spanned California to Delaware. And her itineraries have ranged from speaking at conferences to meeting with industry leaders to talk research.
Last week, Pat ventured to San Francisco, California where she was a participant at the TransCelerate Site Advocacy Group Initiative. The event, hosted by The Society for Clinical Research Sites, focused on the exchange of perspectives and experiences between clinical research industry professionals. Pat’s speech at the meeting focused on how research sites can be more efficient in training research professionals.
Most recently, Pat traveled to Delaware where she was a keynote speaker at the Clinical Insights Conference for Clinical Supply professionals. Much of her presentation centered on the concept of keeping the focus on the patient throughout the entire research process. Fortunately, Rochester Clinical Research has always made substantial efforts to keep our volunteers in the forefront of everything we do. Thus, Pat made an ideal spokeswoman for the ‘patient-centric approach’ theme of the conference.
On top of her presentation at the Clinical Insight Conference, Pat led several workshops on the topics of clinical research site challenges and best practices for optimal performance in research.
“I truly enjoyed sharing some strategies we use at RCR with research leaders across the country,” Pat said. “It was a lot of fun and I look forward to continuing to embrace our volunteers in each step of our research efforts.”
User-Friendliness Device Study
RCR is seeking volunteers for a device study. This means there are no drugs to take! The clarity of the instructions and ease of use of the device are what is being tested.
You may qualify if you have Lupus, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis or Rheumatoid Arthritis with functional hand impairments? Or, are you a caregiver without any healthcare related training? If you think you may qualify, please call RCR today at 585-288-0890 and ask to speak with a Deb, Beverly, or Jane or click here.
Spring into Healthy Habits
As spring approaches many people think of this season as a time for renewal. We spring clean our houses and do spring clean-up in our yards after the harsh winter. Most of us vow to re-visit healthy habits or begin some healthier habits. Whether it is improving our diet, exercising or stopping an unhealthy habit it is sometimes difficult to get started or it is often started with a great deal enthusiasm that often fades as time passes.
So how do we start and maintain some healthier habits? Well, find something in your lifestyle that you feel could use some improvement. Many of us see dieting and exercise as the old cliché “easier said than done.” But even Tiny Tweaks to your daily routine can make a big difference.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recommend at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days to help prevent heart disease and stroke. Even if you are a faithful exerciser additional activity can have added benefits.
• Take the stairs at work – if you work on a higher floor start by taking the elevator half way up then take the stairs to your floor. Set a goal to increase by one floor per week or whatever you feel you can accomplish.
• Park your car in the farthest parking spot at work, the grocery store, plaza etc.
• Walk at work – take a walk at break time or use half your lunch time to walk and the other half to eat your lunch.
When it comes to eating habits we all have some good and probably not so good habits. Almost everyone can make some change to improve their diet. It is never too late to change.
• Keep a food diary. For a few days, log everything you eat to identify your overall portions, the times you eat, and the servings of the good and bad foods you eat; identify what you think is a bad habit and formulate a plan to change it.
• Grocery shop. Regular grocery shopping will encourage you to eat healthier options at home versus going out to eat and risk poorer choices.
• Drink more water. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.
• Stop eating when you are no longer hungry. Many of us were taught to eat everything on our plate which can mean you are overeating. Most restaurants serving portions are larger than one serving.
• Eat more fruits and veggies. Most of us do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and much more. Reaching for a bag of carrots rather than chips will help curb unhealthy snacking habits.
Sleep may seem like a waste of time, but research shows that you’re more likely to succeed at your tasks—and enjoy greater well-being—if you get some serious shut-eye. Most adults require about 7-8 hours per night.
• Set a regular bedtime. Your body craves consistency. Plus you’re more likely to get enough sleep if you schedule rest like your other tasks.
• De-caffeinate yourself. Drinking caffeine to stay awake during the day can keep you up at night. Try resisting the coffee and colas starting six to eight hours before bed.
• De-stress yourself. Relax by taking a hot bath, meditating or envisioning a soothing scene while lying in bed. Turn off daytime worries by finishing any next-day preparations about an hour before bed.
• Exercise. Working out can improve sleep in a lot of ways, including relieving muscle tension. Don’t work out right before bed, though, since exercise may make you more alert. If you like, try gentle upper-body stretches to help transition into sleep.
• Make your bed a sleep haven. No paying bills or writing reports in bed.
All habits take time to develop. They don’t happen overnight. If you find yourself with unhealthy habits, stop as quickly as possible and ask yourself: Why do I do this? What changes do I need to make. Don’t be too harsh with yourself or think that one mistake “blows” a whole day’s worth of healthy habits. You can do it! It just takes one day at a time!
RCR is enrolling healthy volunteers ages of 18-40 for investigational vaccine research studies. All study-related tests, visits, and study medicine will be provided to participants at no cost. Compensation for time and travel will be provided. If you or someone you know is interested in one of our healthy volunteer research studies,click here to learn about our healthy volunteer studies.
(About the author: R. Carla Edgett has been in the clinical field for 28 years. Currently she works as a Sub-Investigator at RCR)
Could my knee pain be arthritis?
The chances are, the answer is yes. There are many conditions that can cause pain in the knee. In people under the age of 45, injuries to the knee are the most common source of discomfort. Possibilities include torn or injured cartilage, ligaments, tendons and muscles.
If you are over the age of 45, the chances are that your knee pain is coming from osteoarthritis. Cartilage is the smooth, glossy cushion that is present on the ends of the bones that make up our knees. It functions as a shock absorber and also resists friction in the knees during movement. Cartilage is made up of proteins that give it strength and resilience. The most prevalent protein is collagen. We start losing collagen at about the age of 30, approximately 1% per year. With time our knees become less flexible and more prone to injury. High impact sports, overuse, and high body weight can all contribute to excessive wear and tear of the cartilage.
Family history also plays a role with some people having weaker, more injury prone cartilage than others. With the loss of collagen and injury, the cartilage surface becomes roughened. Friction and inflammation can occur, causing pain, warmth, and sometimes swelling of the knee. At this point, the condition is referred to as osteoarthritis.
To find out if you qualify for a clinical research study for knee pain due to osteoarthritis. RCR currently has two research studies seeking participants that suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. If you are between the age of 35 and 85 you could qualify. Both studies offer compensation up to $525.
Study 1: Knee Pain (35-85)
Study 2: Knee Pain (40-80)
(Author: Tammi Shlotzhauer, MD)
What You Need to Know About E-cigarettes
The FDA is expected to issue rules soon laying out the framework under which e-cigarettes will be regulated. Given how little is known about the long-term effects of e-cigarette use or the specific ingredients within the devices more research is needed.
Producers of e-cigarettes, including some major cigarette makers, are currently planning to conduct clinical trials in an effort to quantify their products’ health risks, particularly in contrast to those of conventional cigarettes.
What are E-cigarettes?
An electronic cigarette, E-Cig, is a device often shaped like a regular cigarette that heats up liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that smokers inhale and exhale. Some e-cigs contain a mixture of nicotine and flavorings and others release a flavor vapor without nicotine.
Are E-cigarettes Safe?
The safety of e-cigs is not yet known because there haven’t been extensive research studies done to evaluate the health risks. There are a lot of people that think smoking e-cigarettes, AKA vaping, is a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes. But the reality is no one knows this for sure.
Is there a Study at RCR?
RCR may be participating in a clinical research study of an e-cigarette in the fall of this year. We will need over 200 smokers to be in this research study. If you are a current smoker, over age 30, and have smoked for that last 10 years, you may qualify. To be in this study you must not intend to quit smoking within the next 6 months. Call 585-288-0890 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today to learn more.
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Meet our CEO
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A: Well I came from a big Irish family and grew up with a lot of chaos, love and laughter. So I tend to enjoy all those things today as well. I like to be involved with new technology and the latest research. I love learning and reading all kinds of books. There is always something new to learn.
Q: Can you describe yourself with one word, and why?
A: Curious – I like to understand and I am always
curious about what may be the next development.
Q: Why did you decide to work in the clinical research study industry?
A: I was fortunate to find a job in clinical research when I was starting my family and I was interested in working part-time as a nurse practitioner. I met Joe Izzo, MD a brilliant researcher in hypertension at the URMC and he taught me a lot about clinical research. So I would say the industry actually picked me!
Q: How did Rochester Clinical Research come about in 1994?
A: I worked in the research department at a large academic medical center as well as working in a large medical group practice. This is when I learned a lot about how to do research well. I thought there was an opportunity to conduct research even more efficiently in an independent environment where we could be more responsive to what needed to be done.
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a research study volunteer, what would it be?
A: Ask questions – we are here to answer them or find the answer for you if we don’t have the answer.
A Letter to Our Volunteers
Dear Friends of RCR:
Rochester Clinical Research is celebrating their 20th year as a clinical research site. We would like to thank you – our research friends and volunteers for your support over the past 20 years. Without the active participation of our 10,000 volunteers who have participated in various research programs since 1994, we would not have been able to help bring to market many new treatments and devices for so many diseases. Because of the generous time provided by our medical heroes like you, great strides have been made in the areas of diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, flu vaccines, home testing for HIV, smoking cessation, weight loss and many other areas of research. We thank you for your commitment to advancing medicine and changing lives.
We plan to have a celebration in the fall with an open house at RCR. We will be sending out invitations with more information as we get closer to the big day. Family and friends will be invited.
Thank you again for your time – we truly appreciate you!
Director of Business Development
Rochester Clinical Research, Inc.
Free Blood Pressure Screening at RCR
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month!
High blood pressure can develop in anyone at any time. It is important to get your blood pressure checked regularly.
Take advantage of our free blood pressure screening/counseling at RCR.
Call today and make an appointment to have your blood pressure checked @ 585-288-0890.
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Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Breasts – Recipe of the Weekend #1
Tip of the Day #3
General Health Tip – Good Vision Foods
Carrots, red pepper, kale, broccoli, collards, brussels sprouts,
spinach, apricots are some of best foods for your eyes.
*RCR is currently enrolling healthy volunteers for research studies, click here to learn more.