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Inflammation clinical trials at UC Health
6 in progress, 3 open to eligible people

  • Effects of Phytonutrients on Vascular Health and Skin in Obese Males

    open to eligible males ages 18-65

    This study will determine the effects of beneficial compounds of plant foods, such as pomegranate on cardiovascular health, skin inflammation and aging. This will be tested by asking healthy males to eat a high fat ground beef patty with 8oz. pomegranate juice or 8oz placebo (a study product that looks like pomegranate juice, but contains no active ingredients) and then measuring blood vessel dilation (endothelial function) by blood flow. The investigators also will measure the amount of Nitric Oxide (NO) in blood and urine samples and sugar and insulin in blood. In addition, a Cutometer, a device that measures the elasticity of the skin, will be used to obtain measurements of skin inflammation and aging. Healthy men have been chosen for this study because eating high fat hamburger patties can easily mimic in them the condition that causes atherosclerosis. The results from this study may help to explain how high fat foods can be harmful to the body and how beneficial plant foods can have on cardiovascular function and the skin.

    at UCLA

  • Effects of Short-term Diet on HDL Composition and Function

    open to eligible people ages 19-30

    The primary objective of this study is to generate preliminary data on the effects of a short-term diet of either fast food or Mediterranean type diet on HDL and microbiota composition and function in healthy subjects, which includes both normal weight and overweight/obese subjects.

    at UC Davis

  • Pharmacokinetics of Understudied Drugs Administered to Children Per Standard of Care

    open to eligible people ages up to 21 years

    Understudied drugs will be administered to children per standard of care as prescribed by their treating caregiver and only biological sample collection during the time of drug administration will be involved. A total of approximately 7000 children aged <21 years who are receiving these drugs for standard of care will be enrolled and will be followed for up a maximum of 90 days. The goal of this study is to characterize the pharmacokinetics of understudied drugs for which specific dosing recommendations and safety data are lacking. The prescribing of drugs to children will not be part of this protocol. Taking advantage of procedures done as part of routine medical care (i.e. blood draws) this study will serve as a tool to better understand drug exposure in children receiving these drugs per standard of care. The data collected through this initiative will also provide valuable pharmacokinetic and dosing information of drugs in different pediatric age groups as well as special pediatric populations (i.e. obese).

    at UCSD UCLA

  • Inflammation and Daily Life Study

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    UCLA researchers looking for healthy individuals (age 45-60) to participate in a study investigating whether an anti-inflammatory medication can impact daily life, including mental and physical health, and the immune system. Everyday for four weeks, participants will take either an anti-inflammatory medication (naproxen) twice daily, or a placebo pill twice daily. Participants will also answer daily questions during the 4-week period. Participants will also come to the UCLA campus twice for blood draws, to fill out questionnaires, and complete a few tasks on the computer: once prior to the 4-week period and once immediately after the 4-week period.

    at UCLA

  • L-arginine in Severe Asthma Patients Grouped by Exhaled Nitric Oxide Levels

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The major impact of this study will be to identify the adult severe asthma cohort that will benefit from supplemental L-arginine therapy. The investigators hypothesize that a subset of adult severe asthma patients will respond to supplemental L-arginine and derive clinical benefit from the addition of this therapy to standard-of-care asthma medications. The investigators hypothesize that the patients that benefit most will have low exhaled nitric oxide concentrations (< 20 ppb) at baseline.

    at UC Davis

  • The Mediterranean Full-Fat Dairy Study

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    A Mediterranean dietary pattern emphasizing an abundance of plant-based foods including nuts, moderate intakes of fish, poultry and low-fat dairy products, and use of extra virgin olive oil as the main source of fat has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and such a pattern has been advocated by the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The strongest experimental support for this recommendation derives from the success of the recent PREDIMED CVD outcomes trial, and studies indicating that a Mediterranean-style diet improves lipoprotein and oxidative markers of cardiovascular disease risk in comparison to either low-fat or Western dietary patterns. However, in none of these studies were comparisons made between the effects of Mediterranean-style diets with low-/nonfat vs. full-fat dairy foods. The overall objective of the present proposal is to determine whether the inclusion of full-fat rather than low- and nonfat dairy foods in a Mediterranean dietary pattern based on that used in the PREDIMED study results in similar improvements in biomarkers of CVD risk. Specifically, we will test the hypotheses that 1) a standard Mediterranean diet will lower LDL-C and apoB compared to a Western diet; 2) modification of the Mediterranean diet by replacing low-fat dairy products with high-fat dairy (3 servings/day; high-dairy fat Mediterranean diet) will not significantly increase LDL-C and apoB but may raise large buoyant LDL particles compared with a standard Mediterranean diet; and 3) the high dairy fat and standard Mediterranean diets will result in comparable reductions in levels of inflammatory markers and oxidized LDL, and improvements in endothelial function compared to a Western diet.

    at UCSF