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Have Allergic Asthma?

NIAID is seeking volunteers, ages 18-50, with asthma made worse by exposure to allergens (dust, pets, pollen) for a research study of allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). Participants will have allergy and lung function tests and will have blood drawn. Compensation is provided. Contact Mary Huber at 496-7935.

Healthy Women Needed for Study

NICHD is seeking women, ages 18-42, for a study comparing the bone density of healthy women. You may be eligible if you have no medical conditions, or an irregular menstrual cycle, not pregnant, nursing or planning pregnancy over the next 3 years, do not use oral contraceptives or prescribed medications, smoke fewer than 2 cigarettes per day and drink fewer than 2 alcoholic drinks per day. Participation involves four visits over a 3-year period, blood test, bone density test, urine test and cognitive testing. Pay is provided. Call 435-7926 or 594-3839.

Postpartum Depression Study

The Behavioral Endocrinology Branch, NIMH, is seeking female volunteer mothers ages 18-40 who: have had one or more past episodes of postpartum depression following a full-term pregnancy, have no current symptoms of depression, must be 6 months post-delivery and not lactating, must be medically healthy and medication-free. Volunteers may be asked to participate in a 6-month protocol investigating the effects of ovarian and stress hormones on brain and behavior. Payment is provided for those who complete the study. For more information call Linda Simpson-St. Clair, 496-9576.

Stress Hormones, Depression Studies

The Clinical Neuroendocrinology Branch, NIMH, is seeking people with current or past depression, as well as matched normal controls, to participate in an evaluation study at the Clinical Center. Participants should be 18 to 65 years old; medically healthy; nonsmokers within the past year; and able to participate in studies involving at least one night's stay at the Clinical Center. Eligible volunteers will receive a physical evaluation, metabolic studies and participate in studies for possible heart disease in depression. They will also be paid. For more information, call 496-5831 or 496-1892 voice mail #1 for Dr. June Cai.

Endometriosis Pain Relief Study

There is a new pain relief study for women with endometriosis. Doctors are testing to find out if the drug raloxifene reduces pain from endometriosis. Surgical treatment is combined with either raloxifene or a placebo (sugar pill). Study offers a "whole person" approach that includes quality of life issues. The study is free and takes place at the Clinical Center. Call for details: 1-800-411-1222.

Pain Relief Study Needs Patients

NIDCR seeks patients for studies of pain relief medications. Patients with early stage TMD (temporomandibular disorder) will receive either the study drug, celecoxib, a standard treatment drug, naproxen, or a placebo. Patients with later stage TMD will receive either the study drug etanercept or a placebo. If you are between 18 and 65 and have TMD jaw pain, call to find out if you are eligible. There is no charge to take part. Phone 1-800-411-1222.

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