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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 01/29/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Volunteers Needed for a Maternal Bone Mineral Content Study

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.

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