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The University of Southampton

Volunteers needed for study into knee pain

Published: 7 January 2003

The Complementary Medicine Unit at the University of Southampton's School of Medicine is looking for volunteers for a new study.

It is to assess the benefits of Bromelain, which is found in pineapples, in the treatment of chronic knee pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee joint.

Volunteers would be given a clinical examination, blood tests and an X-ray.

To take part, people must be over 40 years old and should have had:

  • Chronic knee pain for more than three months
  • Daily knee pain over the past four weeks

Volunteers should contact the Complementary Medicine Unit, School of Medicine, University of Southampton tel 023 8082 5213; email

Notes for editors

The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University, which celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2002, has 20,000 students and over 4,500 staff and plays an important role in the City of Southampton. Its annual turnover is in the region of £235 million.

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