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Depressed Seniors Sought for UCLA Study

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Individuals over the age of 60 who are suffering from depression andexperiencing sadness, hopelessness, low energy, decreased appetite, anddifficulty concentrating are invited to participate in a UCLA study todetermine the efficacy of sertraline, an anti-depressant medication.

In previous studies, sertraline has proven to be an effective treatmentfor depression in individuals 60 and younger.

Volunteers will either be given sertraline or a placebo (an inactivesubstance) for an eight-week period. Volunteers will also undergo a physicalexamination, routine laboratory testing, psychological evaluation, andan electrocardiogram.

Approximately 700 volunteers at 70 centers in the United States willbe participating in this study.

Those interested in the study should call Dr. Gary Small at (310) 794-1038.

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