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Thinking about joining a clinical trial? Clinical research has led to the discovery of every disease treatment prescribed today. Read these articles to learn the benefits and risks of participating in a clinical study and how they work. By being part of a clinical trial, you may help others, including future generations, get better treatments.

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What Are Clinical Trials and Studies?

Interested in clinical research? Learn about the difference between clinical studies and clinical trials, the phases of clinical trials for FDA approval, and the importance of older and diverse participants in clinical trials. You can also find questions to ask before participating.
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Placebos in Clinical Trials

In undertaking a clinical trial, researchers don’t want to leave anything to chance. The “gold standard” for testing interventions in people is the “randomized, placebo-controlled” clinical trial.
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