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Metta Meditation Training on Prosocial Behavior
Georgetown University Social Behavior
The purpose of the study is to look at the impact of a metta meditation training on prosocial behavior and socio-affective brain responses. The training involves an 8-week, online administration of guided metta meditation practices aimed at generating feelings of kindness and... expand

The purpose of the study is to look at the impact of a metta meditation training on prosocial behavior and socio-affective brain responses. The training involves an 8-week, online administration of guided metta meditation practices aimed at generating feelings of kindness and compassion for other people. The study examines how participants respond to thinking about familiar others and strangers using behavioral and brain-imaging measures. This study will be important for understanding how people develop the capacity to be prosocial towards other individuals, which is a key component of adaptive social behavior.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Sep 2018

open study

Post-Mastectomy Analgesia Using Exparel (Liposomal) Versus Standard Bupivacaine or Placebo
Georgetown University Mastectomy Breast Cancer
This is a randomized, single-blinded placebo-controlled trial. Patients will be randomized to one of three arms: (1) injection of liposomal bupivacaine at the end of the operation, (2) injection of standard bupivacaine at the end of the operation, or (3) no injection of local... expand

This is a randomized, single-blinded placebo-controlled trial. Patients will be randomized to one of three arms: (1) injection of liposomal bupivacaine at the end of the operation, (2) injection of standard bupivacaine at the end of the operation, or (3) no injection of local anesthetic. All patients will be able to receive IV and oral narcotic medications in the postoperative period on an as-needed basis. If a patient is randomized to the LB arm, at the appropriate time, under a surgeon's direction, 266 mg of (liposomal bupivacaine) LB in 20 cc of solution was expanded with various amounts of normal saline to cover the appropriate surgical field. Our routine expansion for a bilateral mastectomy is to add 80 mL of saline to 20 mL (266 mg) of LB. In our practice,we use an 18-gauge needle to inject the medication in a "field-effect" encompassing all 4 quadrants of the chest muscles (pectoralis and serratus) followed by injecting around the edges of the skin incision and drain site. This occurs prior to dissection of the pectoralis muscle and implant or tissue expander placement. Patients randomized to the SB arm will receive weight-based dosing of bupivacaine, administered in the same manner as the LB arm. Patients who are in the placebo arm will have a similar volume of saline injected into the operative site. Postoperatively, all patients will be kept in the hospital for at least one night. Total length of stay will be documented. They will all have the option of receiving IV morphine injections as well as oral acetaminophen-hydrocodone as needed for additional pain control. The administration of these additional medications will be recorded for each patient. On postoperative day 1, each patient will be administered the American Pain Society Outcome Questionnaire while in the hospital. After discharge from the hospital, we will call the patient on postoperative day 2, 3, 5 and 7 to assess pain and satisfaction scores, using the same questions each time. For any patients staying in the hospital longer than 1 day, the questionnaire will be administered in the hospital on the same postoperative days. Subject participation only lasts for these 7 days of follow up.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Jul 2019

open study

Identifying Patients With Unrecognized Treatable Diabetic Macular Edema
Elman Retina Group Diabetic Macular Edema
This trial will assess the incidence of new and/or undiagnosed diabetic macular edema (DME) in diabetic patients that undergo a DME screening exam. The screening exam will consist of medical history, Electronic ETDRS visual acuity assessment, SD-OCT and color fundus photography... expand

This trial will assess the incidence of new and/or undiagnosed diabetic macular edema (DME) in diabetic patients that undergo a DME screening exam. The screening exam will consist of medical history, Electronic ETDRS visual acuity assessment, SD-OCT and color fundus photography

Type: Observational

Start Date: Aug 2016

open study

Comparison of Operative to Monitoring and Endocrine Therapy (COMET) Trial For Low Risk DCIS
Alliance Foundation Trials, LLC. DCIS Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
This study looks at the risks and benefits of active surveillance (AS) compared to guideline concordant care (GCC) in the setting of a pragmatic prospective randomized trial for low risk DCIS. Our overarching hypothesis is that management of low-risk Ductal Carcinoma in Situ... expand

This study looks at the risks and benefits of active surveillance (AS) compared to guideline concordant care (GCC) in the setting of a pragmatic prospective randomized trial for low risk DCIS. Our overarching hypothesis is that management of low-risk Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) using an AS approach does not yield inferior cancer or quality of life outcomes compared to GCC.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Feb 2017

open study

Home Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation Using the HandSOME Exoskeleton
The Catholic University of America Stroke
This research will evaluate the potential for a novel hand orthosis (HandSOME) to help stroke victims regain functional use of their hand and regain independent living. Participants will use the HandSOME at home regularly for 8 weeks. Clinical evaluations will measure changes... expand

This research will evaluate the potential for a novel hand orthosis (HandSOME) to help stroke victims regain functional use of their hand and regain independent living. Participants will use the HandSOME at home regularly for 8 weeks. Clinical evaluations will measure changes from the intervention after the 8 weeks and also at a 3 month followup.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Apr 2017

open study

Flywheel Exercise for CKD
Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center Chronic Kidney Disease stage3 Chronic Kidney Disease stage4
Among Veterans, the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is reported to be as high as 47.3% and a third higher than the general population. Muscle wasting and dysfunction have been identified as primary consequences of CKD. Disease-induced reductions in lean tissue adversely... expand

Among Veterans, the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is reported to be as high as 47.3% and a third higher than the general population. Muscle wasting and dysfunction have been identified as primary consequences of CKD. Disease-induced reductions in lean tissue adversely affect muscle fatigability. Consequently, muscle fatigability may serve as a potential limiting factor that contributes to activity limitations. However, there is a lack of evidence informing our understanding of muscle fatigability in patients with CKD. Dialysis treatment is a major factor contributing to the high financial costs of CKD care. Thus, in addition to potential health and quality of life benefits, treatments capable of maintaining kidney function or delaying the onset of dialysis treatment would provide substantial socio-economic benefit. Both lean body mass and muscle fatigability may be improved through strength training. Eccentric-overload (i.e. muscle lengthening) progressive resistance exercise (PRE) has been shown to be safe and effective for a variety of chronic conditions. Eccentric PRE using portable flywheel technology may provide a clinically viable treatment option to combat muscle impairments in CKD given the cost effectiveness and minimal space requirements for this mode of exercise. The purpose of this study is to assess feasibility of the eccentric-overload PRE regimen for Veterans with CKD stage 3 & 4 predialysis using a prospective single-arm pre-test post-test intervention design. The primary aim of the project is to determine the effects of eccentric-overload PRE on muscle fatigability in Veterans with CKD Stages 3 & 4 predialysis. Feasibility of the regimen will be determined by the time needed to complete the 4-exercise regimen and the perceived exertion levels reported by the study participants.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: May 2018

open study

The QUALITY Vets Project: Muscle Quality and Kidney Disease
Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center Chronic Kidney Disease Sarcopenia
Currently there is no standard way to detect age-related skeletal muscle loss in patients with chronic kidney disease. Investigators are working on finding rapid and inexpensive ways to measure muscle size and fat within the muscle. expand

Currently there is no standard way to detect age-related skeletal muscle loss in patients with chronic kidney disease. Investigators are working on finding rapid and inexpensive ways to measure muscle size and fat within the muscle.

Type: Observational

Start Date: Sep 2016

open study

Comparing Photon Therapy To Proton Therapy To Treat Patients With Lung Cancer
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Stage II Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7 Stage IIA Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma AJCC v7 Stage IIB Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma AJCC v7 Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7 Stage IIIA Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AJCC v7
This randomized phase III trial studies proton chemoradiotherapy to see how well it works compared to photon chemoradiotherapy in treating patients with stage II-IIIB non-small cell lung cancer that cannot be removed by surgery. Specialized radiation therapy that delivers a high... expand

This randomized phase III trial studies proton chemoradiotherapy to see how well it works compared to photon chemoradiotherapy in treating patients with stage II-IIIB non-small cell lung cancer that cannot be removed by surgery. Specialized radiation therapy that delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the tumor, such as photon or proton beam radiation therapy, may kill more tumor cells and cause less damage to normal tissue. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as paclitaxel, carboplatin, etoposide, and cisplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. It is not yet known whether proton chemoradiotherapy is more effective than photon chemoradiotherapy in treating non-small cell lung cancer.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Feb 2014

open study

Home Exercise Telerehabiliation for MS
Shane.Chanpimol Multiple Sclerosis
The primary purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of an individualized telerehabilitation program on mobility, fatigue, and quality of life for Veterans with MS. The secondary purpose was to assess adherence to exercise recommendations and overall satisfaction with... expand

The primary purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of an individualized telerehabilitation program on mobility, fatigue, and quality of life for Veterans with MS. The secondary purpose was to assess adherence to exercise recommendations and overall satisfaction with the intervention.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Oct 2016

open study

Implantation of the HiRes90K™ Advantage Cochlear Implant With HiFocus™ Mid-Scala and Development of a...
Advanced Bionics Hearing Loss Partial Deafness Hearing Disorders Ear Diseases Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
The purpose of this feasibility study is to evaluate whether low-frequency acoustic hearing sensitivity can be preserved in newly implanted adults with partial deafness (considerable low frequency acoustic hearing profiles with severe-to-profound high frequency sensorineural... expand

The purpose of this feasibility study is to evaluate whether low-frequency acoustic hearing sensitivity can be preserved in newly implanted adults with partial deafness (considerable low frequency acoustic hearing profiles with severe-to-profound high frequency sensorineural hearing loss) using the HiResolution™ 90K™ Advantage cochlear implant with the HiFocus™ Mid-Scala electrode to support the development of electro-acoustic stimulation technology (EAS).

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Apr 2014

open study

Doxorubicin Hydrochloride and Cyclophosphamide Followed by Paclitaxel With or Without Carboplatin in...
NRG Oncology Breast Adenocarcinoma Estrogen Receptor Negative HER2/Neu Negative Progesterone Receptor Negative Stage IB Breast Cancer
This randomized phase III trial studies how well doxorubicin hydrochloride and cyclophosphamide followed by paclitaxel with or without carboplatin work in treating patients with triple-negative breast cancer. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as doxorubicin hydrochloride, cyclophosphamide,... expand

This randomized phase III trial studies how well doxorubicin hydrochloride and cyclophosphamide followed by paclitaxel with or without carboplatin work in treating patients with triple-negative breast cancer. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as doxorubicin hydrochloride, cyclophosphamide, paclitaxel, and carboplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. It is not yet known whether doxorubicin hydrochloride and cyclophosphamide is more effective when followed by paclitaxel alone or paclitaxel and carboplatin in treating triple-negative breast cancer.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Jul 2015

open study

Gabapentin for Pain Management During Dilation and Evacuation
Medstar Health Research Institute Pain
Justification. Pain control is still an issue for women undergoing second trimester abortion procedures. The investigators propose a randomized controlled double-blinded trial evaluating the use of adjunct gabapentin versus placebo in addition to moderate sedation during D&E. The... expand

Justification. Pain control is still an issue for women undergoing second trimester abortion procedures. The investigators propose a randomized controlled double-blinded trial evaluating the use of adjunct gabapentin versus placebo in addition to moderate sedation during D&E. The investigators hypothesize that 600 mg oral gabapentin administered pre-operatively at the time of cervical preparation initiation will improve intra-operative pain control. The investigators also hypothesize that it will improve pre- and post-operative pain, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and overall satisfaction with pain management during D&E. To test the hypotheses the investigators plan to enroll 130 participants who will be randomized 1 to 1 to receive either 600 mg gabapentin or placebo at the initiation of cervical preparation.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: May 2017

open study

Shared-Decision Making for Hydroxyurea
Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Sickle Cell Anemia Children, Only
The goal of the study is to understand how best to help parents of young children with sickle cell disease and their clinicians have a shared discussion about hydroxyurea (one that takes into account medical evidence and parent values and preferences). The study will compare two... expand

The goal of the study is to understand how best to help parents of young children with sickle cell disease and their clinicians have a shared discussion about hydroxyurea (one that takes into account medical evidence and parent values and preferences). The study will compare two methods to help clinicians facilitate this—a clinician pocket guide and a clinician hydroxyurea shared decision making toolkit—in a group of parents of children ages 0-5 with sickle cell disease. The investigators hope that both methods lead to parents reaching a high-quality, well-informed decision. In addition, the team hopes to demonstrate that parents who experience a shared decision will have lower anxiety and decisional uncertainty. The researchers also expect these parents to be more likely to choose hydroxyurea and that their children will have less pain, fewer hospitalizations, better developmental outcomes, and higher quality of life. The project team hopes to show that the toolkit method is easy for clinicians to use and gives parents the support needed to make an informed decision.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Jul 2018

open study

Radiation Therapy With or Without Cisplatin in Treating Patients With Stage III-IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Spindle Cell Variant Lip and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma
This phase II trial studies how well radiation therapy with or without cisplatin works in treating patients with stage III-IVA squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck who have undergone surgery. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors.... expand

This phase II trial studies how well radiation therapy with or without cisplatin works in treating patients with stage III-IVA squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck who have undergone surgery. Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to kill tumor cells and shrink tumors. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cisplatin, work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. It is not yet known if radiation therapy is more effective with or without cisplatin in treating patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Mar 2016

open study

Retrospective Long-term Safety and Efficacy Study of the Beta-Cath(TM) 3.5F System
Best Vascular, Inc. Coronary In-stent Restenosis
The study will evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of intravascular beta radiation therapy to treat coronary in-stent restenosis using the Beta-Cath(TM) 3.5F System; data will be collected retrospectively on patients treated with the Beta-Cath™ 3.5F System in routine clinical... expand

The study will evaluate the long-term safety and efficacy of intravascular beta radiation therapy to treat coronary in-stent restenosis using the Beta-Cath(TM) 3.5F System; data will be collected retrospectively on patients treated with the Beta-Cath™ 3.5F System in routine clinical practice following FDA pre-market approval of the System. Outcomes will be reported up to 5 years following treatment.

Type: Observational

Start Date: May 2009

open study

Transcatheter Aortic Prosthesis Function: A Long-term Follow-up Study
Medstar Health Research Institute Aortic Valve Replacement
In this observational study, the investigators will enroll subjects who underwent TAVR or SAVR more than 3 years ago. Clinical and procedural data from the implant/surgery will be collected, alongside clinical and echocardiographic data from subsequent follow-up visits. expand

In this observational study, the investigators will enroll subjects who underwent TAVR or SAVR more than 3 years ago. Clinical and procedural data from the implant/surgery will be collected, alongside clinical and echocardiographic data from subsequent follow-up visits.

Type: Observational

Start Date: Feb 2018

open study

Stress, Sleep and Cardiovascular Risk
Howard University Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Insomnia
We are evaluating a model where trauma exposure and threatening environments elicit nocturnal vigilance and sleep-related fears that compromise the healthy reduction of autonomic arousal during sleep which in turn stimulates secretion of atherogenic humoral factors, arterial... expand

We are evaluating a model where trauma exposure and threatening environments elicit nocturnal vigilance and sleep-related fears that compromise the healthy reduction of autonomic arousal during sleep which in turn stimulates secretion of atherogenic humoral factors, arterial stiffening, and cardiovascular disease risk. We will examine the roles of pre-sleep cognition using a questionnaire and real time assessment, and modifiable strategies for coping with sleep disruptive cognitions. We will then evaluate the impact of providing personalized feedback and recommendations based on study observations on how participants cope with potentially sleep disruptive cognitions and sleep efficiency in a randomized trial.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Oct 2017

open study

Study of the RelayPro Thoracic Stent-Graft in Subjects With an Acute, Complicated Type B Aortic Dissection
Bolton Medical Aortic Dissection Type B
This clinical trial is a prospective, multicenter, non-blinded, non-randomized study designed to assess the RelayPro thoracic endografts in the treatment of acute, complicated type B aortic dissection. The primary endpoint will measure all-cause mortality at 30 days post-procedure.... expand

This clinical trial is a prospective, multicenter, non-blinded, non-randomized study designed to assess the RelayPro thoracic endografts in the treatment of acute, complicated type B aortic dissection. The primary endpoint will measure all-cause mortality at 30 days post-procedure.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Dec 2017

open study

Evaluation of the Roadsaver Stent Used in Conjunction With the Nanoparasol Embolic Protection System...
Microvention-Terumo, Inc. Carotid Artery Stenosis
A prospective, multicenter, single-arm, open label clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of MicroVention, Inc. Roadsaver™ Carotid Stent System used in conjunction with the Nanoparasol® embolic protection system for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis in... expand

A prospective, multicenter, single-arm, open label clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of MicroVention, Inc. Roadsaver™ Carotid Stent System used in conjunction with the Nanoparasol® embolic protection system for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis in patients with elevated risk for adverse events following carotid endarterectomy.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Apr 2016

open study

CoreValve Evolut Pro Registry
Medstar Health Research Institute Aortic Stenosis
The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the real-world performance of the CoreValve Evolut PRO transcatheter aortic valve, including leaflet function, in a prospective observational registry. expand

The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the real-world performance of the CoreValve Evolut PRO transcatheter aortic valve, including leaflet function, in a prospective observational registry.

Type: Observational [Patient Registry]

Start Date: Jan 2018

open study

Employing eSBI in HIV Testing for At-risk Youth
Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago HIV Substance Use
The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility, acceptability and test the initial efficacy of eSBI, (electronic screening and brief intervention for alcohol use) coupled with STTR (Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain) in comparison to STTR only among YMSM (young men who have... expand

The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility, acceptability and test the initial efficacy of eSBI, (electronic screening and brief intervention for alcohol use) coupled with STTR (Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain) in comparison to STTR only among YMSM (young men who have sex with men) and YTW (young transgender women) on frequency of substance use and engagement within the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) care continuum.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Aug 2016

open study

Project: Every Child for Younger Patients With Cancer
Children's Oncology Group Central Nervous System Neoplasm Childhood Immature Teratoma Childhood Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis Childhood Malignant Neoplasm Childhood Mature Teratoma
This research trial studies the Project: Every Child for younger patients with cancer. Gathering health information over time from younger patients with cancer may help doctors find better methods of treatment and on-going care. expand

This research trial studies the Project: Every Child for younger patients with cancer. Gathering health information over time from younger patients with cancer may help doctors find better methods of treatment and on-going care.

Type: Observational

Start Date: Oct 2015

open study

Long-Term Follow-Up of Patients Who Have Participated in Children's Oncology Group Studies
Children's Oncology Group Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Brain Neoplasm Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Recipient Hodgkin Lymphoma Osteosarcoma
This clinical trial keeps track of and collects follow-up information from patients who are currently enrolled on or have participated in a Children's Oncology Group study. Developing a way to keep track of patients who have participated in Children's Oncology Group studies may... expand

This clinical trial keeps track of and collects follow-up information from patients who are currently enrolled on or have participated in a Children's Oncology Group study. Developing a way to keep track of patients who have participated in Children's Oncology Group studies may allow doctors learn more about the long-term effects of cancer treatment and help them reduce problems related to treatment and improve patient quality of life.

Type: Observational

Start Date: May 2008

open study

Exercise and Brain Health
Baltimore VA Medical Center Stroke Cardiovascular Risk Factors Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
The risk of stroke and vascular dementia is high in individuals who have had a prior stroke or TIA, and in those who have vascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, diabetes or pre-diabetes. These vascular risk factors can improve with exercise.... expand

The risk of stroke and vascular dementia is high in individuals who have had a prior stroke or TIA, and in those who have vascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, diabetes or pre-diabetes. These vascular risk factors can improve with exercise. This study will examine the impact of a 6 month, low intensity group exercise class on fitness, walking, balance, and brain health. This study will also collect fitness, walking, balance, and brain health outcome measures at baseline and post all other MERCE exercise and robotics interventions.

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Jul 2013

open study

Safety and Effectiveness Study of Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Using the Nellix® System
Endologix Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
The objective of this study is to assess the safety and effectiveness of the Endologix Nellix® System for the endovascular repair of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). expand

The objective of this study is to assess the safety and effectiveness of the Endologix Nellix® System for the endovascular repair of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).

Type: Interventional

Start Date: Dec 2013

open study