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Designing health-research surveys online is difficult enough and dealing with non-response on top of that can make it seem impossible to get good data.

Factors that Affect Non-Response Rates

There are a multitude of factors that affect nonresponse rates for surveys; notably, the perception of burden and incentives are two big ones.

Burden

The burden that…


Cannabis is certainly a hot topic and has only gained popularity in the past few years as it has become a legal substance in Canada and cannabis products becoming more prevalent and legalized in the US.

Cannabis has been touted for both medical benefits — primarily from Cannabidiol (CBD), the…


Capturing Sex in Clinical Research

In the world of health innovation, clinical trials help us understand the efficacy of new technologies with the help of research participants.

Sex and gender are two important measures that need to be captured in clinical trials and research studies. Previously used interchangeably, sex and gender are distinct measures. In…


We’ve all heard it by now: “make sure you get 8 hours of sleep.” Sleep plays a huge role in our development, rest, and general well-being. …


What is a Microbiome

A microbiome is like an entire community of microorganisms living on us and inside¹ (think of the microbiome as the environment of a certain location). Our microbiome is made up of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms (or microbiota) that are meant to regulate the environment of our body.² …


Vaccines, treatments, cures, and other health technologies must undergo clinical trials. Clinical trials are critical for health innovation and have enabled the creation of antibiotics, cancer treatments, and even the COVID-19 vaccine.

Clinical trials are health research studies conducted on people in a controlled, medical setting to provide knowledge of…


Morality: the ability to tell right from wrong.¹ Most of us probably strive to be moral people, but how do we define what is right and wrong? I think most of the world has been trying to figure that out since humanity began and mostly still are doing that every…


What Are Clinical Trials?

Clinical trials are health research studies conducted in a medical setting to aid the development of novel medicine, vaccines, and treatments by gathering important physiological data. Without clinical trials, we would not have over-the-counter pills, antibiotics,¹ or even the COVID-19 vaccine! Because clinical trials help us all achieve an improved…


An interview with Dr. Karen Blair, Ph. D

Pride month is a truly special time to celebrate inclusivity in all aspects of our lives. And while rainbows are wonderful, pride is much more than a parade.


Where does your mind go when you hear the words: protein powder? Maybe images of extremely muscular individuals doing an intense weightlifting session at the gym. …

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