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Women's Health Study Needs Volunteers

11/11/02


DENTON — Volunteers are needed for a women's health study being conducted on the Texas Woman's University campuses in Denton and Dallas.

The Pioneer Project is a long-term research study examining women's health across their life spans. Volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60 are needed to participate in one of two phases of the project.

The "active" phase involves a physical assessment along with completing questionnaires. Active phase volunteers must visit the Pioneer Project clinic in either Denton or Dallas four times within a 60-day time frame, each visit lasting about an hour, for bone density measurements, cardiovascular stress testing, muscle strength and coordination tests and blood work. Volunteers will have a physical reassessment every four years and will receive questionnaires annually to complete.

Active phase volunteers must be in good general health and not have any pre-existing diseases or conditions such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cancers.

A "questionnaire" phase of the Pioneer Project is open to women who want to participate in the study but don't qualify for the active phase or cannot complete the physical assessment. Questionnaire phase volunteers will receive a survey each year to complete and return.

Information collected from volunteers will be used to identify the relationships between various lifestyle components and women's health, track the health status of women and generate new clinical interventions.

Women interested in volunteering can contact TWU in Denton at (940) 898-2799 or at pioneerproject@twu.edu, or in Dallas at (214) 706-2319 or at lholland@twu.edu.

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For Further Information Contact:

Roy Kron
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: rkron@twu.edu