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Do You Suffer from Insomnia? UPMC Researchers Seek Participants for Acupuncture for Insomnia Study

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3, 2010 – The Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) at UPMC currently is recruiting participants for a research study to evaluate the benefits of acupuncture for insomnia.

Those interested must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and currently experiencing insomnia to participate. To determine eligibility, participants will complete a questionnaire and brief interview about their sleep problems. They also will participate in an overnight sleep observation, where breathing, heartbeat, brain waves and muscle movements will be monitored. If eligible, participants will undergo a second night of sleep observation, which will serve as a baseline assessment.

Based on the results, participants will be randomly assigned to groups receiving up to 12 sessions of acupuncture or placebo acupuncture over a 10-week period. Participants will be compensated for their time and parking expenses. Sleep observation and questionnaires will be administered at two weeks and again at three months after completion of treatment.

For more information about the study, call (412) 623-2374.

The CIM is dedicated to clinical services, education and research on an evolving form of health care in which disease prevention, practitioner/patient partnership and the evidence-based application of non-conventional treatment strategies are explored in collaboration with conventional medical practices.

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