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Pay It Forward: Volunteering for a Clinical Trial

Getting medical discoveries from the research lab to patients depends on clinical trials and the people who volunteer to participate in them. Volunteering in a trial may help society at large by bringing new treatments one step closer to patients, and may help a loved one if you have a genetic disease or condition. Volunteering may also give you access to a cutting-edge treatment and medical team that carefully monitors your health. But clinical trials can’t happen without volunteers, and 37% don’t enroll enough patients to move forward.

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Fitbit fitness tracker helped diagnose Kiwi mum's serious medical condition

Felicity McQueen, 34, was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation - a type of abnormal heart rhythm - after she noticed her heart was beating 50 times over the normal rate on her Fitbit.

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New cardiac monitor is helping doctors to accurately diagnose heart conditions

Approximately 14 million people in the U.S. have an irregular heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia. Heart arrhythmias are very common and are usually harmless. However, certain arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, may produce pooling and clotting of the blood which can damage the brain, lungs and other organs, if not treated appropriately.

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