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What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a test to see if a new treatment works and is safe to use. Doctors and scientists are working hard to invent new treatments. Each new treatment has to first be tested in a lab for researchers to get to know as much about a new treatment as possible. The most promising treatments are then tested in clinical trials in order to check if they work and are safe for people. In a clinical trial, the new treatment is given to a large group of people with the same medical condition. Doctors regularly check everyone in the group to see how the treatment is working and to make sure they're doing okay.

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