At Kern Research, we currently have four adult asthma trials and one pediatric asthma trial. We offer biologic trials and inhaler trials. Each clinical trial is designed to find specific end results. If you or a loved one has asthma, you may be interested in one of our new, no-cost research studies for asthmatics.
Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. Asthma can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Because asthma often changes over time, it’s important that you work with your doctor to track your signs and symptoms and adjust treatment as needed.
Study Participant Requirements
Each clinical trial is designed to find specific end results. The trial can either be for pediatric, adults, or both. There are specific exclusion and inclusion criteria to be met in order to be a candidate in each trial. Compensation is provided to candidates for time & travel.
Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe. You may have mild attacks now and then, or you may have severe symptoms every day, or you may have something in between. How often you have symptoms can also change. When you have asthma, you may:
- Wheeze, making a loud or soft whistling noise that occurs when you breathe in and out.
- Cough a lot.
- Feel tightness in your chest.
- Feel short of breath.
- Have trouble sleeping because of coughing or having a hard time breathing.
- Quickly get tired during exercise.
- Your symptoms may be worse at night.
- Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening and need emergency treatment.
How is Asthma Diagnosed?
Along with doing a physical exam and asking about your health, your doctor may order lung function tests. These tests include:
- Spirometry. Doctors use this test to diagnose and keep track of asthma. It measures how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs and how much air you move.
- Peak expiratory flow (PEF). This shows how fast you can breathe out when you try your hardest.
- An exercise or inhalation challenge. This test measures how quickly you can breathe after exercise or after taking a medicine.
- A chest X-ray, to see if another disease is causing your symptoms.
- Allergy tests, if your doctor thinks your symptoms may be caused by allergies.