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Patients with Bipolar Disorder Needed

The Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at NIMH is conducting a study to examine the effectiveness of pramipexole (Mirapex) in the depressive phase of bipolar disorder. This is an 8-week study of medication or placebo that will be added on to current treatment of lithium or valproate. Patients should be ages 18-60, have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and be currently depressed, and be currently taking lithium or valproate for mood stabilization. The study includes medical and psychiatric evaluations and a treatment optimization phase at no cost. The study is conducted at the Clinical Center. For more information call 496-5645.

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 who complete the study will be paid. For more information call Linda Simpson-St. Clair, 496-9576.

Diabetic Volunteers Needed

Seeking diabetic volunteers ages 18-65 on oral diabetic medications for screening of vitamin C blood level. Must be off vitamin C supplements. Payment is provided for blood level determination. Possible eligibility for further studies depends on vitamin C level. Contact Gail Sullivan at 496-3244.

Perception Study Needs Volunteers

The Uniformed Services University department of medical and clinical psychology needs healthy male and female volunteers, ages 18-80, to participate in a 2-hour study of perception. Payment is $30. Call (301) 295-9679 to volunteer.

Workers Wanted for Web Use Study

The NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison is looking for help from employees to evaluate the NIH web site. NIH's first usability study will measure satisfaction with the "Information for Employees" page. There is opportunity for compensation. Details will be made available to employees who email with the words "Web Evaluation" in the subject of the message.

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