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WRITER: MEGAN HAYDEN
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
e-mail: david-pedersen@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Participants sought for UI osteoarthritis study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Men and women, age 40 and older, who suffer from arthritis of the hip or knee are invited to participate in a University of Iowa study designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a new experimental drug treatment for osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Eighty percent of the population will have some evidence of this type of arthritis by age 80. Osteoarthritis causes a degeneration of cartilage, primarily in the hips or knees.

Candidates for the study should be diagnosed with, or have symptoms of, osteoarthritis of the hip or knee for at least six months. The study will require six office visits over the course of eight weeks. Sessions will be held at the General Clinical Research Center at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Compensation will be provided.

For more information, call the Rheumatology Clinical Trials Unit at (319) 353-7087.

5/9/97