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TWU seeks volunteers for bone density study

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strawberry juiceThe Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Texas Woman’s University in Denton is seeking volunteers for a study of the effects of raspberry juice on bone density and bone status.

The study is open to postmenopausal women between the ages of 45 and 70 who have experienced bone loss.  Participants must otherwise be healthy and mobile and must be willing to consume whole raspberry juice or a juice without raspberry for a period of six months.  Participants will undergo a bone density measurement at baseline to determine whether they qualify for the study.

Additionally, participants will complete physical activity and dietary questionnaires and will provide a blood and urine specimen three times during the study.  Benefits of the study include measurement of bone density and markers of bone status and promotion of bone health through diet and exercise, as well as $100 in compensation —$50 at midpoint and $50 at the final follow-up visit.

The total time commitment for this study is approximately four hours over the six-month period.  Three visits to the TWU Denton campus will be required.

For more information about the study, contact Dr. Shanil Juma, associate professor in the TWU Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, at (940) 898-2704 or sjuma@twu.edu.

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