Healthy Heart 'N' Bones Study

Study Description: The purpose of this study is to look at the relationship of obesity and its related factors with bone development and to determine the mechanisms that regulate the effect of obesity on bone. The proposed research brings together complementary expertise to determine the longitudinal effects of (1) total and regional body fat and (2) the metabolic impairment that accompanies obesity on bone development during growth. The contribution of this research will be significant because it will provide a solid foundation for understanding the influence of obesity on bone strength, and whether diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors could play negative roles in the fat-bone strength relationship. This knowledge will provide critical information needed to maximize potential therapeutic interventions to counter the linked risks of obesity and osteoporosis, both major public health concerns.

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Principal Investigator: Norman Pollock

Eligibility Criteria: Good general health Age 9 to 15 years old No medical condition that would affect study results Not using medications or receiving treatment likely to interfere with study evaluation

Compensation: Yes, subjects will be compensated.

Compensation Explanation: Participants will receive (for completing the study measurements and questionnaires): -$100 when he/she completes the study measures at the beginning of the study (baseline) -$150 when he/she completes the study measures at the year-1 followup -$200 when he/she completes the study measures at the year-2 followup If your child does not finish the study, we will compensate him/her for the visits they have completed. Your child will get $450 total, if he/she completes all study visits. Augusta University is required by law to report any payments we make to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). To do this, you will need to complete a W-9 form and provide your child?s name, address, date of birth, research study name and social security number. Payment will be made using the Greenphire ClinCard. It works like a bank debit card. We will give you a debit card and each time your child receives a payment for participation in this study, the money will be added to the card after each completed visit. This card may be used at any store that accepts credit cards or can be used at a bank machine to remove cash. However, there may be fees drawn against the balance of the card for cash withdrawals and inactivity. You will receive letters with additional information on how you can use this card and who to call if you have any questions. Be sure to read these letters, including the cardholder agreement, for details about fees. An outside company administers the debit card system. The company, Greenphire, will be given your child?s name and social security number. They will use this information only as part of the payment system. Your child?s information will not be used for any other purposes and will not be given or sold to any other company. Greenphire will not receive any information about your child?s health status or the study in which he/she is participating.


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