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Subjects Needed for Study of Women's Reproductive Disorder


February 9, 2009 — University of Wyoming researchers are seeking subjects to examine the possible benefits of omega-3 fatty acids on a reproductive disorder in women known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS.)

"This afflicts about 6-10 percent of the female population, so in the state of Wyoming it would affect between 6,000-10,000 women in their reproductive years," says Shane Broughton, associate professor of nutrition in the UW Department of Family and Consumer Sciences who leads the investigation. "These women have a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes, and many other problems as well. We are interested in characterizing their hormone, cardiovascular, blood glucose and immunologic response to the omega-3 fats found in fish oil."

The researchers are seeking both PCOS and non-PCOS individuals to be involved in the study. Broughton says subjects will receive information worth about $800 if they were to go get the blood tests. The study is for five months with an initial blood test and one per month thereafter until the end.

To participate in the study or for more information, contact Broughton at broughto@uwyo.edu, phone (307) 766-5248.

Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009

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