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TWU seeks volunteers for knee pain study

The Texas Woman’s University Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences department is seeking volunteers for a study about the effects of tart cherry juice on improving joint function and reducing knee pain.

The study is open to any person between the ages of 45 and 79 who has pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. Participants must otherwise be healthy and mobile and must be willing to consume either tart cherry juice or a juice without tart cherry for four months. Additionally, volunteers will undergo range-of-motion measurements, complete pain and physical activity questionnaires and provide a blood and urine specimen twice during the study.

Benefits of the study include promotion of joint health; measurements of height, weight and range of motion; and $100 compensation for time spent on the study. The total time commitment for the study is approximately three hours over four months. Three visits to the Denton campus will be required.

For more information, contact Dr. Shanil Juma, assistant professor in the TWU Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, at 940-898-2704 or

Pioneer Preview Day scheduled for Jan. 18

An open house for students who wish to begin their college career at Texas Woman’s University is scheduled for Jan. 18 in Denton.

The sessions begin at 8 a.m. and will teach prospective students and their parents about admission, financial aid and campus life. There will also be a panel of current students, faculty available to talk to attendees and a campus tour.

Prospective students also could win $1,000 to be applied to fall 2014 and spring 2015 tuition and fees at TWU. One award will be presented to one freshman at Pioneer Preview Day. Students must be eligible for admission to TWU to claim the award and must be present at the drawing to win.

Check-in for the event begins at 8 a.m. in Hubbard Hall on Administration Drive between Oakland Street and Bell Avenue in Denton. Information sessions are scheduled until noon, followed by campus and residence hall tours. Free parking is available throughout the Denton campus during the open house.