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Vol. LVIII, No. 9
May 5, 2006

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Healthy Volunteers Needed
Eye doctors at NIH are conducting a study on the lens of the eye using a new device co-developed with NASA (study 06-EI-0117). Healthy volunteers age 21 or younger are invited for an eye exam. Compensation is provided. Call Cheryl Perry at (301) 435-1833 or Dr. Manuel Datiles at (301) 594-7052.

Asthma Study Recruits
An asthma study at NIH is recruiting children ages 5 to 17. The study will determine the usefulness of a new procedure for evaluating asthma in children. All study-related tests will be provided at no cost. Compensation is provided. Call 1-866-444-2214 (TTY 1-866-411-1010). Refer to study 04-I-0126.

Study Needs Volunteers
NIH is currently enrolling families in which an adult or child has one of the following: rheumatoid arthritis/juvenile rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus or systemic sclerosis or myositis within 4 years of diagnosis. The study consists of a blood draw, urine collection and survey completion. Participants must have a sibling of the same gender within 4 years of age and be from the same parents. Compensation is provided. Call 1-866-444-2214, (TTY 1-866-411-1010). Refer to study 03-E-0099.

Healthy Adults Sought
HINIH invites healthy volunteers to participate in a clinical study on mood and anxiety disorders. Healthy adults between ages 20-50 are asked to call 1-866-444-2214 or TTY 1-866-411-1010. All study-related tests or medicines are provided at no cost. Participants will be compensated. Refer to study 04-M-0270.

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).

Diabetes and Kidney Disease?
Do you have diabetes type 1 or type 2 and kidney disease? If so, take part in an NIH study. Call 1-866-444-2214 (TTY 1-866-411-1010). Refer to study 05-DK-0113.

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 60 to 65; 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.

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