Welcome to Nature Coast Clinical Research (Crystal River)


Clinical trials move medicine forward. Sponsors, such as pharmaceutical companies, governments and foundations fund medical research. Patients who participate in clinical research receive many advantages including treatment at no cost, access to expertise and resources such as expensive tests. Research volunteers shape the future and can have fun while helping others and themselves.

 

As a premier clinical research organization, we have conducted more than 2,500 clinical trials over 20 years and have worldwide recognition for providing patients access to cutting edge medical research. If you have a medical issue and want a research solution, or if you are a healthy volunteer, come visit our center and learn more. One of our experts will be happy to evaluate you.


Shape the Future

Clinical research is a process that gives back. Volunteers generate information that improves future health care outcomes for everyone.

Find relief with new treatments

Volunteers join research to seek relief from affliction and to better understand their conditions with support from our caring team.

Programs Offer Resources or Pay

Study participants receive medical tests, services, counseling and treatment at no charge. These measures may be unavailable to the general public!


We do research in many areas


Glaucoma

Glaucoma Research

 

If you have Glaucoma, you may qualify for one of our studies.

Qualified volunteers may receive at no cost:
  • investigational medication
  • study-related care from a local doctor
  • possible compensation
Health insurance isn’t required to participate.
Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information
(352) 563-1865

Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes Research



If you have Hot Flashes, you may qualify for one of our studies.

Qualified volunteers may receive at no cost:
  • investigational medication
  • study-related care from a local doctor
  • possible compensation
Health insurance isn’t required to participate.
Ask your doctor or contact our clinic for more information
(352) 563-1865





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Nina Smith

Nina is probably one of the most active members of our Clinical Research family. On the weekends, she volunteers as a co- leader for a Girl Scout troop, enjoys going to her two daughters’, Abigail (10) and Gianna (5), soft ball games, and eats dinner with her parents and brother’s family on Sunday nights. When she is not selling thin mints, in charge of camping trips, or leading girl scout trips to theme parks, she enjoys wine tasting, collecting antiques, and rooting for the Gators. “I graduated from the University of Florida, therefore I will always be a gator fan, winning or losing, although I don’t know a lot about sports” she admits. 

During the week, she manages the office at Nature Coast Clinical Research, Crystal River location. Nina has been a member of our research family for 5 years and continues to be a valuable asset to the company. She has been working in the medical field since high school. Even when not at work, Nina enjoys being entertained by medicine and patient care. "I love to watch medical shows of any kind, anything from Grey’s Anatomy to Monsters Inside Me. I like to point out errors on the fictional medical shows."

Lisa Meyers

To look at her, you would probably not guess that Lisa Meyers and her husband have six active children ranging in age from 8 months to 13 years. You probably would presume that she is very busy and you would be correct. Her life away from Nature Coast Clinical Research - Crystal River is all about basketball, baseball, cheerleading, dance and football. 

Before coming to NCCR to work as a Research Assistant, Lisa worked in nursing and rehabilitation. She supports and encourages breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, and natural/home birthing and her hobbies include sewing, cooking and photography. One of her favorite food indulgences is dark chocolate with almonds, but we suspect that she may have to hide it!!

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What Are Triglycerides?

What Are Triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood.  You get them in two ways – from the food you eat and from what your liver makes.  Eating too many calories, especially from high carbohydrate foods, could lead to high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia), as could certain medications.  High triglycerides could also be a sign of diabetes or thyroid problems, or be genetic.

Almost 1 in 3 Americans have high triglycerides.  When you have excess triglycerides, they are stored in the fat cells for later use.  When they are needed, your body releases them as fatty acids, which fuel body movement, create heat, and provide energy for the body processes.

A fasting blood test can tell where your triglyceride level falls.  For good health, your triglyceride level should be less than 150 mg/dL.  Borderline high levels are 150-199 mg/dL.  High is 200-499 mg/dL.   Very high is more than 500 mg/dL

Diet and Lifestyle Changes to reduce High Triglycerides
Consume less sugar and refined carbohydrates – limit white breads, white rice, white potatoes, sweetened beverages, sugary cereals, cakes and cookies.  Instead choose whole grain breads, quinoa or wild rice, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Aim for 30 grams of fiber a day.

Choose Healthy fats – use unsaturated fats such as olive and avocado oils.  Eat fish, poultry, less red meat, and enjoy some meatless meals. 

Limit your intake of alcohol – for some people drinking even a little bit can have a big effect on triglycerides. 

One of the best ways to lower triglycerides is with regular exercise.  Aim for an average of 40 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise on 3 to 4 days a week.  Taking a brisk walk every day works for many people.

When Healthy Lifestyle Changes Are Not Enough
Your doctor may recommend medication to help lower your high triglycerides, such as nicotinic acid (niacin), fibrates, omega-3-fatty acids (fish oil) or statins.  There are also some new medications being developed that may not only lower your triglycerides, but reduce your risk of heart disease overall.  Many of our research sites are participating in these important clinical trials.  We invite you to contact one of our sites near you to see if you could benefit from one of these programs.

Lori Alexander, MSHS, RDN, CCRC, CLS, FNLA
Director, ENCORE Lipid Center of Excellence


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