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Infant Behavior Study

Description

The Centers 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 open to healthy mothers with newborns 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.

Let's Talk About Hookah

Purpose/Goal

The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine is currently enrolling participants for this research study, which will investigate the impact various flavors and features of hookah have on pregnancy.

Description

Eligible participants will be asked to complete three interviews, two during pregnancy and one after the birth of the baby. These interviews include questionnaires about the participant's experience and thoughts about using hookah. Researchers will also collect pictures of the hookah the participant uses and where she uses it and saliva, urine and breath samples. Study participation will last approximately twelve months.

Requirements 

The study is open to women who are between the ages of 18 and 40, are pregnant, have used hookah during their pregnancy or up to three months before becoming pregnant.

Additional Information

Participants will be compensated for their time.

Contact Information

To participate in the study email hookah@carene.org or call 401-954-4244.

Mind Your Heart Study 

Purpose/Goal

The Centers 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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