Patients needed for Tahitian Noni Juice study

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Patients 40 to75 with osteoarthritis are asked to participate in the 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 one ounce of Noni juice three times a day.

Scientific studies within the last few decades have shown that 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 in Rockford, Rockton, Belvidere and Mt. Morris. For more information about the study, contact Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper at 395-5854 or at

From the Dec. 20-26, 2006, issue

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