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TWU seeks volunteers for bone density study


DENTON — The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Texas Woman’s University is seeking volunteers for a study of the effects of blueberries on bone density.

The study is open to postmenopausal women between the ages of 45-70, who have osteopenia, also known as bone loss. Participants must otherwise be healthy and mobile and must be willing to consume either a whole blueberry powder or a similar powder without blueberries for a period of three months. Participants also will undergo bone density measurements and complete physical activity and dietary questionnaires. Blood will be drawn at the start and end of the study.

Additionally, participants will provide a blood and urine specimen three times during the study. Benefits of the study include $75 in compensation – $25 paid at the midpoint and $50 paid upon completion – for time spent on the study. The total time commitment for this study is approximately three hours and 15 minutes over a three-month period. Three visits to the TWU Denton campus will be required.

For more information, contact Dr. Shanil Juma, assistant professor in the TWU Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, at (940) 898-2704 or

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page updated 10/2/2014 10:58 AM