Osteoarthritis patients needed for clinical study

Mian-Ying Wang, M.D. research assistant professor of pathology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is conducting a study to examine the effects of Tahitian Noni Juice on the symptoms and quality of life of patients with osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee. People between the ages of 40 and 75 who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip are being sought for the study.

Participation in the three-month trial will include a monthly visit to the College of Medicine campus at 1601 Parkview Ave. in Rockford, completion of monthly questionnaires and drinking 1 ounce of noni juice three times a day.

Scientific studies within the last few decades have shown the juice made from noni fruit may possess several healing properties such as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-congestive, hypotensive and anti-cancer effects. Noni has received increased attention recently from modern herbalists, medical physicians and high-tech biochemists.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford has served the Rockford area since 1971 and provides university-level care at its clinics, which are in Rockford, Rockton, Belvidere and Mt. Morris. For more information about the study, contact Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper at 815-395-5854 or at vweide1@uic.edu.

from the May 16-22, 2007, issue

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