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Vol. LXVII, No. 16
July 31, 2015


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What Does a Depressed Person’s Brain Look Like?

The purpose of this brain imaging study is to see if depressed individuals, ages 18 and older with major depressive disorder, have increased inflammation in their brain. The study involves four outpatient visits or a brief inpatient stay at the Clinical Center. Procedures include blood tests, medical evaluations and two brain scans (PET and MRI). Participants do not need to stop their current medications. Those not eligible to participate include pregnant women, current smokers and individuals with serious medical conditions. There is no cost to participate. For more information, visit, call 1-877-646-3644 (TTY 1-866-411-1010) or email Refer to study 13-M-0100.

Healthy Children Needed

NICHD seeks healthy overweight children 7 to 11 years old to join in a research study. Researchers want to learn if breaking up sitting with short periods of activity improves children’s metabolism and attention. Compensation will be provided. Parents/guardians must give permission for children to participate. For more information, call 1-866-444-2214 (TTY 1-866-411-1010) and refer to study 13-CH-0169.

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