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NEI Seeks People for Lutein Study

The National Eye Institute seeks people age 60 or older for a study to evaluate the effects of lutein, an antioxidant vitamin, on the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in Americans over 60. People with and without AMD are needed. The study is designed to determine the effect of various dosage levels of oral lutein supplements on eye health. Participants must agree to be followed for 1 year, must not currently be taking lutein supplements other than multivitamins containing small amounts of lutein, must not have had an acute potentially life-threatening illness such as a heart attack in the last year, and must not have a history of any cancer or blood disease not in remission. For more information, call Merria Woods, 402-1369.

Postpartum Depression Study

The Behavioral Endocrinology Branch, NIMH, is seeking volunteer mothers ages 18-40 who have had one or more past episodes of postpartum depression following a full-term pregnancy, but are not currently depressed. Participants must be free of medical illnesses, medication-free and currently not breastfeeding. Volunteers may be asked to participate in a 6-month protocol investigating the effects of hormones on brain and behavior. All participants who complete the study will be paid. For details, call Linda Simpson-St. Clair, 496-9576.

Adults Needed for Study

College-educated, middle-aged adults are needed for a 2-day outpatient study at NIMH. Involves blood draw and routine clinical, neurological and cognitive procedures. A stipend is available. Inquire at 435-8970.

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