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Duquesne researchers seeking volunteers for bone loss study

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 6:51 p.m.

A team of Duquesne University researchers is seeking volunteers for a clinical trial that will attempt to treat bone loss with a combination of melatonin, vitamins and minerals.

A Duquesne spokesman said the trial will build on the success of one Duquesne pharmacology professor Paula Witt-Enderby conducted three years ago. It found that melatonin, a natural mineral released by the body and a popular over-the-counter sleep aid, helped prevent bone loss in healthy women entering menopause.

“Many women are worried about having to take a powerful drug for months to years before they see results, so a more natural treatment is appealing,” Witt-Enderby said.

She is seeking 20 postmenopausal volunteers who have been diagnosed with osteopenia-related bone loss for the new trial this month.

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