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(Posted 8-17-00)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Service Contact: Natasha Ashe, 336-334-5371

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FIBROMYALGIA STUDY

GREENSBORO--Volunteer subjects are needed for a research study which focuses on the effects of exercise on the painful condition, fibromyalgia. The study is being conducted by Dr. William Karper, an associate professor of exercise and sport science at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Interested persons should be physician-diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Participants will need to be available three days weekly for 12 months, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-2 p.m. under Karper's supervision at UNCG.

Fibromyalgia is a source of intense, recurring pain to those who suffer from it, but Karper, an exercise gerontologist, is working on ways that exercise can be used to manage the painful condition. Approximately two percent of the U.S. population may suffer from fibromyalgia, with about 90 percent of its victims being women.

The disease is neither crippling nor life-threatening, but persons with fibromyalgia experience chronic pain that can range from moderate to severe. Related problems include fatigue, stiffness, sleep problems, depression, headaches, reduced concentration and ability to remember things, sensitivity to heat, light and cold.

There is no cost to participate. Interested persons should contact Dr. Karper at 334-3035.

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