7-month biomedical trials eye how women tolerate weight

Baton Rouge, LA (AP) - Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge is conducting a new clinical trial to determine why women carry weight differently and how it may affect health.
Officials say the Apple & Pear Study is open to females between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Those chosen must complete a screening visit and 21 outpatient clinic visits and will receive $1,400 for participation.
The seven-month clinical trial, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, will compare two different body shapes - the "apple"-shape (having the majority of fat above the waist) and the "pear"-shape (having the majority of fat below the waist). Experts say evidence shows that "pear"-shaped women have better health.
To determine eligibility, call 225-763-3000 or visit www.pbrc.edu/clinicaltrials .

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