ofonorow wrote:Lets say we have $5000 for the study.
If we have 10 people in the study, then we have $500 per person.
If we can get them to purchase their own vitamin C and lysine, and the doctors/scientists to donate their time, then we have $500 for all the measurements.
But 10 people is really small - 5 on placebo?
You can see why we tried (twice) to interest the U. S. Government NIH in funding such a study.
I was hoping that we (in this topic) would be able to come up with an efficient way to measure the effectiveness that wouldn't break the bank. (I know that digg.com is attempting to do what the NIH won't - raise money to fund tests of a non-patentable cancer cure, and perhaps we could go that route with an economical study design)
The charges for CT angiography in their institution average $2,779 per study, for a 3-year total of $22,232 per patient. The charges for aortic duplex ultrasound average $525 per study, with a 3-year total of $4,200 per patient. Adding the cost of routine abdominal radiographs to confirm stent graft position ($147 per study) would bring this 3-year total to $5,376, a savings of $16,856 per patient.
Cardiovision is a test that is safe, quick and painless and very affordable so that you can monitor your cardiovascular health.
In addition to blood pressure and pulse information, the Cardiovision also generates information on the elasticity or flexibility of the brachial artery. Called the Arterial Elasticity Index (AEI), the AE-I is a number that correlates with arteriosclerosis. Because arteriosclerosis reduces flexibility in arteries, the higher the AE-I, the more likely someone is to have hardening of the arteries, the lower the number, the less likely. Why is it important to know how flexible your arteries are? Arteries are responsible for moving the majority of the blood through the vascular tree. Consequently non-flexible arteries cause the heart to work harder. This extra strain on the heart can lead to cardiovascular disease.
It is estimated that 60-70 million Americans walk around with this "silent killer," not realizing that some lifestyle changes could decrease their risk of this potentially fatal disease. The Cardiovision screening test is a non-invasive painless, 3-minute test to monitor your cardiovascular health. The test will measure: arterial elasticity (indicating clear or obstructed arteries), blood pressure and potential arrhythmia.
The Cardiovision instrument utilizes the oscillometric method of blood pressure measurement and the software of the Cardiovision drives the oscillometry to monitor specific data points of the brachial artery elasticity. It compares those data points against previously diagnosed patients with cardiovascular disease and arrhythmia, and interprets this data to categorize an individual's pulse pattern and condition into one of five identified, distinct graphical patterns which show close correlation to known cardiovascular conditions. In this way Cardiovision is able to screen for the presence of coronary artery disease and cardiac arrhythmia. The association between cardiovascular risk factors and an increased incidence of coronary heart disease is well established. The systolic and diastolic values displayed on your Cardiovision report represent your blood pressure reading. The Mean of the systolic and diastolic measurements is also displayed as well as your pulse rate. Each are labeled accordingly on your Cardiovision report. A Cardiovision Pulse Wave Pattern is also given and a narrative discussing the significance of your pattern is also provided.
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