Cincinnati—Healthy, pregnant women age 18 through 39 who are in
their first trimester are needed for a study on maternal bone mineral
content (BMC) sponsored by the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of
Medicine and Children's Hospital Medical Center.
It is known that
bone growth is stimulated by load-bearing exercise, such as tennis.
Researchers also know that, during reproductive years, women are
generally at peak bone mass.
Reginald Tsang, MD, professor
emeritus of pediatrics, UC College of Medicine, and Mina Dimov, a
doctoral candidate at UC, are looking for healthy, pregnant women who
play only tennis on a regular basis and healthy, pregnant women who do
not exercise. Half of each group will receive a calcium supplement.
Tsang is the founder and director of the Pediatric Bone Research Center
at Children's Hospital Medical Center and is internationally known as
an expert in newborn nutrition and prenatal care. The study involves
non-invasive tests, and no blood will be drawn. Volunteers receive
prenatal vitamins, travel reimbursement, and gifts.
For more information, call Mina Dimov at (513) 558-4297.