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Gulf War Bioenergetics Study


Gulf War Bioenergetics Study


Gulf War Bioenergetics Study

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Gulf War Veterans and Healthy Controls

This study will compare brain and muscle energetics in Gulf War veterans with Gulf War Illness to those of healthy controls. We will be recruiting both Gulf War veterans and non-veteran controls from the San Diego area.  Only one study visit will be required.  The procedure is a noninvasive magnetic resonance (MR) study.  With MR, there is no radiation exposure, and the study does not involve any medications or injections. 

If you live in the San Diego area, or will be visiting the San Diego area and might be interested in participating in this study, please call Janis Ritchie at (858) 558-4950, x203 or Hayley Koslik at (858) 558-4950, x210.

 

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Mitochondrial and Nuclear Genetics Gulf War Study


Mitochondrial and Nuclear Genetics Gulf War Study


Mitchondrial and Nuclear Genetics Gulf War Study

 

We are conducting a research study to examine how genes for (and related to) chemical detoxification of Gulf-exposures relate to Gulf War illness risk, severity, and progression.

We invite Gulf War Veterans who were deployed to the Middle East during the 1990-1991 conflict with chronic health symptoms, healthy Gulf War Veterans, and Healthy others (Veteran and Non-Veteran) to participate in the study.

The participation involves one visit to our clinic at our research facility in La Jolla, CA OR at a Quest lab in your area and will last about 1.5-2.5 hours.

The study visit will include:

1)    Assessments such as blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, height, and weight.

2)    Blood draw; saliva & urine sample.

3)    Health Questionnaires.

You will be compensated $25 for your time and travel and can receive your genetic profile through 23andMe at no cost.

If you might be interested in participating in this study, please call Janis Ritchie at (858) 558-4950, x203 or Leeann Bui at (858) 558-4950, x205.

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Treatments Tried for Gulf War Illness


Treatments Tried for Gulf War Illness


Treatments Tried for Gulf War Illness

We are conducting a survey study to learn what treatments Gulf War veterans have tried to benefit their Gulf War illness symptoms – and what has worked. This study will seek to understand which treatments are helpful, harmful, or have no impact in easing the symptoms of Gulf War illness. We also welcome input from other veterans with similar problems, to learn how treatment effects differ and to identify other promising treatments.

 

We are enrolling a total of 1,000 study participants who meet the following criteria:

1.      Gulf War veterans: Veterans who were deployed to the Persian Gulf Region July 1990- August 1991 and have experienced health changes (Gulf War illness).

OR

2.      Other veterans: Retired members of the military who have had environmental exposures in the military and experienced unexplained chronic multisymptom health changes.

 

Study participants will complete up to 8 online surveys. Each addresses a different aspect of your treatment experience or symptoms, or asks about factors, like exposures, that may lead to differences in the effect of a treatment. Each survey will take approximately 0.5 – 2 hours. The surveys will ask about your overall heath, well-being, symptoms, exposures, treatments you have tried and their effect, and your healthcare experience.

You can proceed to the next survey either immediately, or a week after a prior survey has been completed (or specify another time to be reminded). After each survey is completed, you will receive a $5 gift card to either Amazon.com or Starbucks (depending on your preference). The more you complete the more you will help.

If there is a chance you might be interested in participating, please contact us at (858)558-4950 x201, x203, or x210 or email us at golombresearch@ucsd.edu to learn more. If you know of anyone else who might consider participating in our research study, perhaps you might be willing to pass on our contact information. We truly appreciate your participation and referrals.

Thank you for your time—and thank you, in advance, for your help, should you choose to provide it. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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Statin Side Effects


Statin Side Effects


Study of Statin Adverse Events

We would like to learn more about the adverse events that some patients experience taking statins or other cholesterol­-lowering drugs.  Examples of statins include: Lipitor (atorvastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), and Lescol (fluvastatin), Baycol (cerivastatin), and Livalon (pitavastatin).   And we hope to learn more about the problem and the mechanism, and learn about unexpected benefits.

We are recruiting participants for this study who meet the following criteria:

  • Users of statin cholesterol lowering drugs who believe that they have experienced an adverse reaction during use and/or after cessation.

If you meet the above criteria, we would like to invite you to participate in this voluntary study so we can further understand the adverse effects of statins.

The study will be conducted via online survey only, so geographic location does not matter for the study.  For more information, please contact our office at (858) 558-­4950, x201.  We would be happy to give you additional information or instructions on how to participate.

 

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Fluoroquinolone Adverse Events Survey


Fluoroquinolone Adverse Events Survey


Study of Fluoroquinolone Adverse Events

We would like to learn more about the adverse events that some patients experience, and others do not, taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics.  Examples of fluoroquinolones include: Cipro or Ciprodex (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin or Tavanic (levofloxacin), Avelox or Vigamox (moxifloxacin), Zymar (gatifloxacin), and Floxin (ofloxacin).  We hope to learn why some people have problems with these antibiotics, while many others do not.  And we hope to learn more about the problem and the mechanism as well as any unexpected benefits. 

We are recruiting 10,000 participants for this study who have taken fluoroquinolone antibiotics, whether:

  • 1) They experienced an adverse reaction during use, and/or after stopping.

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  • 2) They have not experienced an adverse reaction (i.e. tolerated fluoroquinolones without apparent problem).

If you meet either of the above criteria, we would like to invite you to participate in this voluntary study so we can further understand the adverse effects of fluoroquinolones. 

The study will be conducted via online survey only, so geographic location does not matter for the study.  For more information, please see our study website at www.fqstudy.info or contact our office at (858) 558-4950, x201.  We would be happy to give you additional information or instructions on how to participate.

 

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Electrohypersensitivity Study


Electrohypersensitivity Study


Electrohypersensitivity Study

We are initiating a survey to learn more about electosensitivity- risk factors, triggers, manifestations, etc. We are also interested in finding healthy controls that do not have electrosensitivity (and do not have chemical sensitivity). 
Ultimately, we hope to learn from the survey, and also to identify good quality affected individuals and matched healthy unaffected controls, who may be willing to participate in a study, to test biological markers that we believe will elucidate mechanisms of electrohypersensitivity.

If you could share the option to participate with affected (and healthy!) individuals with whom you are in contact, we would be very grateful. (If you know of any other individuals or organization with whom we should communicate to help reach affected individuals, please let us know.)

Warm regards, 

Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD
858-558-4950 x201

Professor of Medicine
UC San Diego School of Medicine

The link to the survey is:
https://golombgroup.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bBkSl2GWMqT5w7b

 

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