CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 384-4638
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
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.