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Anthrax Vaccine Study Needs Volunteers

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research is currently seeking volunteers for an anthrax vaccine study. You may be able to participate if you are healthy and between the ages of 18-61. Participants will be provided a free medical evaluation including blood tests and will be paid for time and effort. For more information call (301) 319-9335 or (301) 319-9320.

Pulmonary Sarcoidosis?

Call NIH at 1-800-411-1222 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010) or email prpl@cc.nih.gov for a study comparing a medication called pentoxifylline and a placebo (sugar pill). Must be on standard steroid treatment.

Twins, Close Siblings Sought for Study

NIEHS is seeking 400 families with twins or pairs of close brothers or sisters for a nation-wide study seeking to identify the causes of a series of systemic rheumatic diseases. Specifically sought are volunteer families in which one twin or one of a pair of close brothers or pair of close sisters has rheumatoid arthritis, polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, systemic sclerosis or idiopathic inflammatory myopathy, an autoimmune muscle disease.

The other same-gender twin or sibling must be free of these and other autoimmune diseases.

Even in the case of identical twins, the likelihood that one twin will have the disease and the other won't is generally greater than 50 percent. The twins or siblings may be children or adults. Their parents are also eligible for enrollment to study the genetic risk factors for these diseases.

Blood and urine samples will be taken to test both for environmental exposures and for minor variations in their genes that might make the volunteer more susceptible, or less, to a disease trigger. The volunteers will be followed for 5 years but will remain under the care of their own local doctors. Washington-area volunteers may enroll at the Clinical Center. Volunteers in other parts of the country can enroll at their local doctors' offices and have their samples sent to Bethesda for evaluation.

To qualify for the study, brother pairs and sister pairs must be within 47 months of each other.

For details visit http://dir.niehs.nih.gov/direag or call 1-800-411-1222, TTY 1-866-411-1010.

Lymphoma Patients Needed

If you or someone you love has lymphoma, call today for study information: 1-800-411-1222 (TTY 1-866-411-1010).

Female Smokers Needed

Female volunteers age 18 and older are needed to participate in a study being conducted at American University. The study is investigating mood and smoking. Compensation is provided. If interested call (240) 994-0268.


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