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Earn $300 as a research volunteer at Appalachian

BOONE—Women between the ages of 18 and 50 are being recruited for a research study at Appalachian State University. Individuals selected for the study will receive $300 for adhering to all aspects of the study design.

The study will investigate the influence of a dietary supplement in improving immune function and in decreasing the number of sick days from the common cold. The plant-based supplement contains special molecules that may stimulate the immune system to clear viruses from the body, lowering risk for the common cold.

Women interested in participating in the study must be healthy, nonsmoking, between 18 and 50, and have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 35. For example, a BMI of 25 to 35 for a 5-foot, four-inch tall woman would mean her weight is between 145 to 204 pounds. BMI varies according to height. You must be overweight to qualify for the study, meaning you weigh more than you should for your height.

Volunteers must not have a history of autoimmune disease, asthma or severe allergies; agree to make no special attempts to lose weight during the three-month study; agree to maintain normal diet and physical activity habits; and be willing to avoid the use of antibiotics, antivirals, nasal steroids, decongestants, antihistamines, combination cold formulas, Echinacea, zinc or vitamin C.

The research procedures will be conducted at the university’s Immunology Laboratory located in North Rankin Science Building, Room 203. Participants will come to the lab three times during the study for 15-30 minutes at which time a blood sample will be taken. Participants also will be required to keep a daily log to track common cold symptoms.

To sign up for the study, email Melanie Austin at