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Release: June 6, 2001

Children ages 6 to 11 invited to participate in UI allergy study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Children ages 6 to 11 who have spring allergies are invited to participate in a University of Iowa Health Care study of the effectiveness of two FDA-approved medications to treat the condition.

Prospective participants will be asked to make an initial screening visit to the UI Hospitals and Clinics. The initial visit will last approximately one hour and will include a physical exam and a skin test to verify spring allergies.

Eligible participants then will be provided a medication or a placebo (inactive substance) and asked to keep track of their allergy symptoms on diary cards that will be provided. Participants also will need to make three additional short visits to the UI Hospitals and Clinics over a three-week period. At these visits, the children will turn in their diary cards and answer brief questionnaires. The visits can be scheduled at anytime during the day.

Compensation will be provided. Children already taking allergy medications will be asked to discontinue their medications.

The UI study, which is part of a multicenter investigation, is being led by John Weiler, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine.

For more information, call (319) 356-1659 or toll-free at (800) 356-1659.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.