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Infant Behavior Study

Description

The Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine is currently enrolling participants for this research study, which will observe healthy mothers and infants in a study of infant behavior. Newborn infants and infants six-months old are eligible to participate.

Requirements 

The study is only open to healthy mothers with newborn infants or six-month-old infants.

Additional Information

Participants will be compensated for their time.

Contact Information

To participate in the study email InfantStudies@lifespan.org or call 401-286-6139.

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Mind Your Heart Study 

Purpose/Goal

The Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine is currently enrolling participants for this research study, which will explore whether mindfulness training can help participants with heart failure remember to take their medication regularly. 

Description 

Eligible participants will be asked to complete three assessment visits, and one session per week of mindfulness training each week for eight weeks. Each mindfulness session will be conducted over the phone by a trained instructor and will last 30 minutes.

The mindfulness training sessions will include a series of brief exercises in which you will learn to increase your self-awareness and to focus attention on different objects (e.g., sensations in the body, breath, and sounds). In addition to phone sessions, participants will practice mindfulness exercises at home at least three times a week with the aid of a CD or MP3 containing mindfulness exercises similar to those learned with the instructor. Assessment visits will include completing study questionnaires, assessments of memory and thinking processes, and measurements of exercise ability (6-minute walk test), blood pressure, and body weight. These procedures will occur before you start the mindfulness training sessions, and again at 3 and 6 months after your initial visit. Study participation will last approximately six months.

Requirements

The study is open to men and women who are at least 18 years old, have been diagnosed with heart failure and have difficulties in remembering to take their medications regularly. 

Additional Information

Participants will be compensated for their time. There is no charge for receiving the mindfulness training (which is conducted over the phone).

Contact Information

To participate in the study, email MindYourHeart@lifespan.org or call 401-793-8022.

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The BamBam-3D Study (Behavior and Mood of Babies and Mothers—3D Ultrasound) 

Description 

We are looking for healthy pregnant women who use or have used marijuana products in pregnancy or the three months prior to pregnancy for a research study. We are also looking for healthy pregnant women who do not use marijuana.

The BamBam-3D Study (Behavior and Mood of Babies and Mothers—3D Ultrasound) looks at how a mother’s behaviors and feelings during pregnancy influence the development of her baby. 

After an initial telephone screen, you may be asked to participate in interviews about your habits, feelings, and health during your pregnancy. You may then participate in 3D non-diagnostic ultrasound sessions and receive a DVD of your baby. After you deliver, a researcher will complete newborn and infant exams with your baby.

Requirements

Healthy pregnant women over 18 years of age who use or have used marijuana products in pregnancy or three months prior to pregnancy and healthy pregnant women over 18 years of age who do not use marijuana.

Additional Information

Participants will be compensated for their time.

Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about the BamBam-3D research study, please call 401-286-6139 or e-mail us at BamBam3D@lifespan.org

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3D Ultrasound Study

Description

This study investigates how mothers' behaviors and feelings during pregnancy (including use of electronic cigarettes [e-cigs/vapes/JUULs]) influence babies' behaviors and brain development. Participants complete interviews, questionnaires and up to three non-diagnostic 3D ultrasounds over the course of their pregnancy. 

Requirements

  • Pregnant women who use and do not use electronic cigarettes (e-cigs/vapes/JUULs, etc.).
  • 18-40 years old.
  • Singleton pregnancy.
  • No major medical complications.

Additional Information

Participants are compensated for their time and receive DVDs of the ultrasounds.

Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about the 3D ultrasound research study, please call 401-286-6139 or e-mail us at ultrasound@lifespan.org.

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