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Clinical Trials Update: March 24 2006

Spinal Surgery or Osteoporosis Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorders Heart Failure

(HealthDay News) -- Here are the latest clinical trials, courtesy of CenterWatch:

Spinal Surgery or Osteoporosis

This is a medical device study of an investigational treatment for painful vertebral compression fractures caused by osteoporosis. Eligible volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have had one or two painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (from T6 to L5) that required regular use of analgesics, have not had a vertebral compression fracture caused by bone tumor or myeloma, and are not currently being treated for cancer or HIV. The research site is in Scottsdale, Ariz.

More Information

Please see http://www.centerwatch.com/patient/studies/cat530.html.

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Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorders

This is an outpatient study of an investigational medication for schizophrenia. People between ages 18 and 70 with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who are willing to participate in a study involving seven outpatient visits over approximately two months may qualify. The research site is in Glendale, Calif.

More Information

Please see http://www.centerwatch.com/patient/studies/cat135.html.

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Heart Failure

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. is conducting a study to find out if the drug valsartan is safe and effective for patients with stable, chronic heart failure. Candidates must be 18 years or older who have been taking a stable dose of medicine for chronic heart failure (CHF) for at least two weeks and a stable dose of ACE-inhibitors or beta-blockers for at least three months. Participants also must have been diagnosed with CHF within the past three months, and may not have a diagnosis of severe hypertension or postpartum cardiomyopathy. The research sites are located across the United States.

More Information

Please see http://www.centerwatch.com/patient/studies/cat281.html.

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