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Vol. LVII, No. 9
May 6, 2005
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Healthy Volunteers Sought
Doctors at NIH are seeking healthy volunteers to take part in a study. Participants will be required to give a small sample of blood (about 2 tablespoons). Total visit time required is about 30-45 minutes. The study involves only a blood sample and there is no age cut-off. Compensation is provided. For more information, call (301) 496-5150.

Can Chocolate Help Your Health?
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine seeks volunteers to participate in a 6-week study evaluating the effect of dark chocolate on blood pressure and the blood's glucose and insulin levels. Participants will help researchers learn more about chocolate's impact on hypertension and diabetes. Participants will be asked to take dark chocolate and a placebo (inactive treatment). To participate, you must be: persons with hypertension (high blood pressure) who can be safely taken off anti-hypertensive medications; age 21 to 60; not taking other medications or nutritional supplements for any illnesses besides hypertension. Compensation and dark chocolate will be provided. For more information, call (301) 496-3244.

Female Volunteers Needed
The Behavioral Endocrinology Branch, NIMH, is seeking female volunteers ages 18-55 to participate in studies of the effects of menstrual cycle hormones on brain and behavior. Volunteers must have regular menstrual cycles with no changes in mood in relationship to menses, be free of medical illnesses and not taking any hormones or medication on a regular basis. Payment will be in accordance with the duration of each visit and the type of protocol. For more information, call Linda Simpson-St. Clair, (301) 496-9576 (TTY 1-866-411-1010).

Ever Have Postpartum Depression?
If you have a history of postpartum depression (PPD) following the birth of any of your children, consider participating in a PPD study with NIMH. The study seeks to examine if your PPD was caused by hormonal changes during or after pregnancy. The study is recruiting female participants between the ages of 20-45. Call Linda Simpson-St. Clair, (301) 496-9576 (TTY 1-866-411-1010).

Stopping Your Estrogen Therapy?
NIMH is investigating whether mood, anxiety and irritability occur when you stop taking your estrogen or estrogen/progesterone combination therapy. Participants should be ages 45-60, have a past history of perimenopausal mood symptoms responsive to estrogen therapy (ET) or combination therapy, be currently taking ET or combination therapy and be in good physical health. For information call Linda Simpson-St. Clair, (301) 496-9576 (TTY 1-866-411-1010).

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