clinical trial


: a scientifically controlled study of the safety and effectiveness of a therapeutic agent (such as a drug or vaccine) using consenting human subjects

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Recent Examples on the Web If clinical trials confirm the ability of 40-Hz stimuli to clear plaques, maintain brain structure, and slow down dementia, the therapy could emerge as an affordable and user-friendly approach to managing Alzheimer’s—especially when compared to the alternative, monoclonal antibody treatments. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Feb. 2024 Announcing the results of its phase-two clinical trial, Viking said in a press release that users achieved an average 14% of weight loss from baseline numbers, plus 13% compared with a placebo after 13 weeks of treatment. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 27 Feb. 2024 Instead, researchers need to be testing multiple approaches simultaneously, using complex, cutting-edge clinical trial designs to see which combinations of therapies will help which patients, Putrino said. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 This can be particularly invaluable for clinical trials involving rare disease patients. Steve King, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Running clinical trials requires specialized expertise, and the scientific community in Ukraine has taken a hit. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 22 Feb. 2024 Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance and America’s Frontline Doctors promote anti-parasitic or anti-malarial drugs as treatments for covid, long after regulators and clinical trials found the medications to be ineffective or potentially harmful. Lauren Weber, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024 The gel, which recently went through a small Phase 1 clinical trial with encouraging results, is inserted into the sperm duct, physically blocking sperm from coming out. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 In clinical trials, people who stop taking GLP-1s tend to regain 1% of their body weight per month or about 12% over a year.4 Even modest weight loss can lead to significant health benefits. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clinical trial was in 1946

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“Clinical trial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

clinical trial

: a scientifically controlled study of the safety and effectiveness of a therapeutic agent (as a drug or vaccine) using consenting human subjects

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