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Name: Research Investigation of Soy & Estrogen (RISE)

Eligibility:  We are currently enrolling perimenopausal and menopausal women between the ages of 40 and 65. 

 

At menopause, women experience a dramatic drop in the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Prescription hormone therapy contains estrogens, and women sometimes take prescription hormone therapy to treat some of the physical and psychological effects of these hormonal changes, including hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and mood alteration. Novasoy®400 is a soy-based dietary supplement that contains plant estrogens and is therefore called a phytoestrogen.

In many ways, a phytoestrogen acts similar to estrogen in the body. Many women are already using Novasoy®400 for the relief of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. This product is commonly available through health food stores and can be obtained without a prescription.

Studies in women’s health do not provide a clear indication of whether soy improves hot flashes or not. We still do not know everything about the effects of phytoestrogens, such as soy, on hot flashes, mood, memory complaints, and anxiety and other menopausal symptoms in women.

The goal of RISE is to examine the effects of soy (NovaSoy®400) and estrogen on these menopausal symptoms in perimenopausal women. RISE is sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

 

Who Can Join?

• Healthy women aged 40 to 65
• Experiencing changes in menstrual cycle including:
  Duration, more or less bleeding, skipping a period or no period
• Experiencing hot flashes
• Have not had a hysterectomy
• Non-smoker

  

Name: Cognition and Menopause (CAMS)

Eligibility: We are currently enrolling perimenopausal and menopausal women between the ages of 40 and 65.

Who Can Join?

• Healthy women aged 40-65
• Experiencing severe hot flashes OR no hot flashes
• Have not had a hysterectomy
• Native English speaker
• Non-smoker

Participants will complete two visits that include tests of memory, concentration and other mental abilities and provide a small sample of blood, urine and saliva. Participants will wear a small hot flash monitor and sleep watch for three days. Sessions will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. If you are interested in learning more about our studies, please contact our study coordinator at 312-996-9029 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Participants will be paid for their participation.

 

Name: Stress and Cognition Research (SCORE)

Eligibility:  Contact Study Coordinator email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. phone 312-996-0745

Title: Stress and Cognition Research Study (SCORE)

Are you interested in participating in research? The Stress and Cognition Research Study (SCORE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is looking for men and women who are HIV-positive and between the ages of 18 and 45. The study consists of 3 visits at UIC. During the visits we will ask you to give a small sample of blood and saliva as well as complete various tests of memory, concentration and other mental abilities. You must also be willing to take one tablet of hydrocortisone, a hormone naturally produced in your body.

Participants will be paid for their participation.