Home > News > Medical Trials Medical Trials Should you have your genes screened? Genetic tests promise to be beneficial for weight loss, disease treatment and more, but are these tests really worth it, and should you consider having your genes screened? WATCH | 5 ways the coronavirus is changing daily lives WATCH | How coronavirus hijacks a body Cognitive training in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) UCT are looking for volunteers that are to participate in a new cognitive project called the 'brain game'. Could you be a participant? Could you take part in this project on gambling and 'Tik' use disorder? Regular gambling and the odd use of methamphetamine (“tik”) is more common than we think. If you participate in either of these activities then you are just who the MRC Units at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town are looking for! Do you suffer from Hair-Pulling Disorder? If you are constantly pulling your hair and it's resulted in hair loss then this intervention study, which aims to improve symptoms related to this condition, might be just what you need. Assess your stress Stress is part of every day life. There is no escaping it. But are you too stressed out for your own good? How are your stress-relieving mechanisms? Fill in this quick questionnaire and find out. How do clinical trials work? Clinical trials are research studies that are used to test and evaluate potential medical advances. Here's how they work. Medical studies involving kids may be prone to bias Industry-funded trials at greater risk of distortion than nonprofit or government-sponsored: review WHO issues warning over shoddy HIV clinical trials The World Health Organisation has issued a notice of concern over defective HIV trials work, including apparent attempts to hide documents from inspectors. Slowdown on research poses a threat A slowdown in research aimed at development of new antibiotics poses the threat of a return to a situation that existed in the world before the discovery of penicillin. Do you want to participate in a Social Anxiety Disorder study? Stellenbosch University is conducting neuroimaging research in Social Anxiety Disorder - and, whether you suffer from it or not, you can participate in the study and could benefit from it! Are you depressed? Check if you have had any of these symptoms in the past two weeks. The results of clinical trials take years to publish Medical researchers conducting the majority of clinical trials in the United States fail to report their results in a timely manner, new research reveals. Many drugs tested in poor countries A law intended to speed up development of new drugs for US kids has ended up financing clinical trials in poor countries, where the medicines might never become available. Clinical research essential element of healthcare reform The shortage of skilled clinical researchers is an important obstacle that will need to be addressed if reform of South Africa’s healthcare system is to be sustainable. load more articles advertisement Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.