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Vol. LVII, No. 21
October 21, 2005

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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.

Men and Women Needed
Men and women ages 55-65 are needed to participate in a study of alcohol metabolism and responses. Study participation includes one 3-hour screening visit and two 8-hour study visits. Participants must be social drinkers in good health. Compensation will be provided for time and participation. If interested contact Nina at (301) 451-0308 or email

Normal Volunteers Needed
The Pulmonary-Critical Care Medicine Branch, NHLBI, is looking for healthy individuals between the ages of 18-65 to participate in a research study. A thorough medical evaluation and monetary compensation will be provided. If interested, call (301) 402-1553.

Are You a Trauma Survivor?
The Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, NIMH, seeks volunteers to participate in research studies that involve brain imaging. If you experienced an event such as physical assault, sexual abuse, accident, disaster or other trauma, you may qualify to participate. Compensation is available. For more information call Holly Giesen at (301) 435-8982 (TTY 1-866-411-1010).

Thyroid Research Study
For volunteers 18 or older with thyroid gland removed and taking thyroid replacement therapy. The study will look at how the body uses thyroid hormones to control the rate of body functions. There is no cost for the research tests or treatment. Compensation is provided. Call 1-800-411-1222 (TTY 1-866-411-1010). Se habla espaņol. Refer to study 05-DK-0119.

HIV-Positive Volunteers
HIV-positive volunteers who are off anti-HIV medications, CD4+ 350 or greater, without hepatitis B or C, are needed for a research study. Financial compensation is provided. Call 1-800-411-1222, or TTY 1-866-411-1010. Refer to study 05-I-0065.

Are You a Woman Who Has Been Depressed?
NIMH is looking for female volunteers to participate in a study that examines the role of hormones in depression. Participants should have experienced depression in the past but not be currently depressed, be between ages 18-45, be medically healthy and not be taking any medications, including birth control pills. Study includes thorough evaluations and compensation. For more information call Linda Simpson-St. Clair, (301) 496-9576 (TTY 1-866-411-1010).