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Volunteers Needed for Study of Phototherapy

By Christian Meagher on 8/30/2021

The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center’s cardiovascular laboratory at Griffin Hospital in Derby is looking for volunteers to take part in a study to test how well a phototherapy product can improve health.

The product uses two small patches worn on the skin that, when activated by body heat, reflect low levels of infrared and visible light to stimulate the skin’s surface. The patches don’t contain any drugs or herbal compounds, and don’t put any chemicals in the body.

The randomized controlled study will compare the effects of 12 weeks each of using the patch product vs. placebo patches on markers of cardio-metabolic risk (hemoglobin A1C, insulin sensitivity, serum lipids, C-reactive protein, endothelial function, and body composition) and sleep quality in adults at risk for type 2 diabetes. 

Volunteers for the 8-month study must be:

  • More than 40 years of age (if women, they must be postmenopausal)
  • Non-smokers
  • Overweight
  • Have higher-than-normal blood glucose levels, but not diabetes

Volunteers must also be able to visit the PRC at Griffin Hospital five times for clinical tests, wear 2 small patches on their abdomen, and report their food and beverage intake on certain days.

Participants will receive $500 for completing this study. All tests and study products will be provided free of charge.

For more information, call Rockiy at 203-732-1125.

About the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (PRC) was established in 1998 through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of 26 Prevention Research Centers nationwide representing academic-community partnerships, the PRC is engaged in interdisciplinary applied prevention research designed to develop innovative approaches to health promotion and disease prevention that will directly benefit the public’s health. The Center has been researching the role of nutrition in chronic diseases for more than 20 years.