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Vol. LVIII, No. 4
February 24, 2006

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Heart Disease Risk Factors Study for African Americans
Healthy volunteers are needed for a study investigating the relationship of obesity to heart disease risk factors in healthy, non-diabetic African-American men and pre-menopausal women between ages 18-49. Specifically, the study is looking at risk factors for triglyceride concentration and the triglyceride-related risk factors of unhealthy cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and body fat distribution. There will be a series of four outpatient visits to the Clinical Center, in which participants will have body fat analyses, EKG, blood tests including cholesterol profiles, an oral glucose tolerance test, resting energy expenditure and an intravenous glucose tolerance test. Compensation provided. Call (301) 402-7119 for information. Refer to protocol 99-DK-0002.

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 65; not taking other medications or nutritional supplements for any illnesses besides hypertension or high cholesterol. Compensation and dark chocolate will be provided. For more information, call (301) 496-3244.

Healthy Volunteers Needed
Doctors at NIH are conducting a study that examines the tongue. Call 1-866-444-2214, (TTY 1-866-411-1010). Refer to study 01-CC-0044. Compensation is provided.

Siblings with JRA
Siblings with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) are invited to participate in NIH study 03-E-0099. Compensation provided. Call 1-866-444-2214 (TTY 1-866-411-1010).

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

Caucasian Women Needed
NIMH is seeking healthy Caucasian women, ages 30-50, to match with female family members who have participated in a 1-day genetic study of schizophrenia. Protocol procedures include a blood draw, an interview, neuroimaging and neurocognitive testing. English must be a participant's native language. No overnight stays. Compensation provided. For details call (301) 435-8970 (TTY 1-866-411-1010) or email

Siblings with Myositis
Siblings with myositis are invited to participate in NIH study 03-E-0099. Compensation provided. Call 1-866-444-2214 (TTY 1-866-411-1010).

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