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Hypertension, Intracranial Pulsatility and Brain Amyloid-beta Accumulation in Older Adults (HIPAC Trial) (HIPAC)

The aim of this study is to determine if lowering blood pressure using FDA approved medication (antihypertensive drugs) alters brain pulsatility and reduces brain amyloid beta protein accumulation in older adults. Amyloid beta protein is high in the brain of older adults with Alzheimer's disease. Hypertension may increase brain amyloid beta protein accumulation and affect memory and thinking ability in older adults. However, whether lowering blood pressure reduces brain amyloid beta protein and improves brain function is inconclusive. The investigators hypothesize that treating high blood pressure alters brain pulsatility, which in turn reduces brain amyloid beta protein accumulation and improves brain structure and function.
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Rong Zhang
18315
All
55 Years to 79 Years old
Phase 2
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03354143
STU 102017-029
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Inclusion Criteria:
1. Age 55-79, all races/ethnicities, and both women and men are eligible; 2. Mini-mental state exam (MMSE) > 26 to exclude cognitive impairment or dementia; 3. Healthy normotensive subjects (24-hour ambulatory BP<125/75 mmHg without use of antihypertensive medication); 4. Patients with hypertension defined as 24-hour SBP ≥130 mmHg , patients on BP medications are eligible; 5. Patients with hypertension are willing to be randomized into either treatment group and ability to return to clinic or laboratory for follow-up visits over 12 months; 6. Fluency in English, adequate visual and auditory acuity to allow neuropsychological testing; 7. Screening laboratory tests and ECG without significant abnormalities that might interfere with the study
Exclusion Criteria:
1. History of stroke, transient ischemic attack, traumatic brain injury or severe cerebrovascular disease by clinical diagnosis or past MRI/CT; 2. Diagnosis of AD or other type of dementia and neurodegenerative diseases; 3. Evidence of severe depression or other DSM-V Axis I psychopathology 4. Unstable heart disease based on clinical judgment (heart attack/cardiac arrest, cardiac bypass procedures within previous 6 months and congestive heart failure), evidence of atrial fibrillation on ECG, or other severe medical conditions; 5. Chronic kidney diseases with GFR < 40 ml/min; 6. Orthostatic hypotension, defined as standing SBP<100 mmHg; 7. History of significant autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and polymyalgia rheumatica; 8. History of drug or alcohol abuse within the last 2 years; 9. Diagnosis of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (fasting blood sugar ≥126 mg/dL or A1C >7.5%) 10. Obstructive sleep apnea; 11. Regularly smoking cigarette within the past year; 12. Severe obesity with BMI ≥ 45; 13. Participants enrolled in another investigational drug or device study within the past 2 months; 14. Carotid stent or sever stenosis (> 50%); 15. Pacemaker or other medical device of metal that precludes performing MRI; 16. History of B12 deficiency or hypothyroidism (stable treatment for at least 3 months is allowable); 17. Any conditions judged by the study investigators to be either medically inappropriate, or risky for participant or likely to have poor study adherence; 18. Claustrophobia; 19. Pregnancy
Drug: Standard Care, Drug: Intensive Treatment
Hypertension
Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Blood Pressure, Cognitive Function, Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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The Role of Aldosterone on Augmented Exercise Pressor Reflex in Hypertension

Hypertensive patients often show an exaggerated rise in blood pressure during exercise through overactivity of the exercise pressor reflex. An increasing body of evidence suggests a role for aldosterone in augmenting the exercise pressor reflex in hypertensive humans. We hypothesize that this effect of aldosterone is mediated by its direct action on the central nervous system and that administration of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists constitute an effective treatment for EPR overactivity in hypertension, independent of reductions in resting BP.
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Wanpen Vongpatanasin
17620
All
18 Years and over
N/A
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
NCT01996449
STU 072012-066
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Inclusion Criteria:

• Experiments will be performed on 3 groups of nondiabetic human subjects:
• 1) stage I (140-159/90-99 mmHg) subjects with essential hypertension.
• 2) stage I hypertensive subjects with primary aldosteronism
• 3) normotensive controls.
Exclusion Criteria:

• 1) Any evidence of cardiopulmonary disease, left ventricular hypertrophy or systolic dysfunction by echocardiography.
• 2) Blood pressure averaging ≥160/100 mmHg
• 3) Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) < 90 mL/min/1.73m2
• 4) Diabetes mellitus or other systemic illness
• 5) Pregnancy
• 6) Hypersensitivity to nitroprusside, phenylephrine, amlodipine or eplerenone
• 7) Any history of substance abuse or current cigarette use
• 8) Any history of psychiatric illness
• 9) History of malignancy
Drug: Eplerenone, Drug: Amlodipine, Procedure: Microneurography, Procedure: Rhythmic handgrip exercise, Procedure: Sustained hand grip, Procedure: Forearm blood flow, Procedure: Arm cycling exercise, Procedure: Cold Pressor test
Hypertension
Hypertension, blood pressure, Aldosterone, Eplerenone, Amlodipine, Primary aldosteronism, Exercise pressor reflex, handgrip exercise, passive arm cycling, active arm cycling
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Digital Tomosynthesis Mammography and Digital Mammography in Screening Patients for Breast Cancer

This randomized phase III trial studies digital tomosynthesis mammography and digital mammography in screening patients for breast cancer. Screening for breast cancer with tomosynthesis mammography may be superior to digital mammography for breast cancer screening and may help reduce the need for additional imaging or treatment.
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Walter Evans
12114
Female
45 Years to 74 Years old
Phase 3
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03233191
STU 122017-066
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Inclusion Criteria:

• Women of childbearing potential must not be known to be pregnant or lactating
• Patients must be scheduled for, or have intent to schedule, a screening mammogram
• Patients must be able to tolerate digital breast tomosynthesis and full-field digital mammographic imaging required by protocol, to be performed at an American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN)-qualified facility
• Patients must be willing and able to provide a written informed consent
• Patients must not have symptoms or signs of benign or malignant breast disease (eg, nipple discharge, breast lump) warranting a diagnostic rather than a screening mammogram, and/or other imaging studies (eg, sonogram); patients with breast pain are eligible as long as other criteria are met
• Patients must not have had a screening mammogram within the last 11 months prior to date of randomization
• Patients must not have previous personal history of breast cancer including ductal carcinoma in situ
• Patients must not have breast enhancements (e.g., implants or injections)
• ANNUAL SCREENING REGIMEN ELIGIBILITY CHECK
• To be eligible for inclusion in the annual screening regimen one of the following three conditions must be met in addition to the eligibility criteria above:
• Patients are pre-menopausal; OR
• Post-menopausal aged 45-69 with any of the following three risks factors:
• Dense breasts (BIRADS density categories c-heterogeneously dense or d-extremely dense), or
• Family history of breast cancer (first degree relative with breast cancer), or, positive genetic testing for any deleterious genes that indicate an increased risk for breast cancer, or
• Currently on hormone therapy; OR
• Post-menopausal ages 70-74 with either of the following two risk factors:
• Dense breasts (BIRADS density categories c-heterogeneously dense or d-extremely dense), or
• Currently on hormone therapy
• Postmenopausal women are defined as those with their last menstrual period more than 12 months prior to study entry; for the purpose of defining menopausal status for women who have had surgical cessation of their periods, women who no longer have menses due to hysterectomy and oophorectomy will be considered postmenopausal; women who no longer have menses due to hysterectomy without oophorectomy will be considered premenopausal until age 52 and postmenopausal thereafter
• All other postmenopausal women are eligible for inclusion in the biennial screening regimen
• For those women who cannot be assigned to annual or biennial screening at the time of study entry and randomization because they are postmenopausal, have no family history or known deleterious breast cancer mutation, are not on hormone therapy AND have not had a prior mammogram, breast density will be determined by the radiologist?s recording of it at the time of interpretation of the first study screening examination, either DM or TM; for those who are randomized to TM, radiologists will assign BI-RADS density through review of the DM or synthetic DM portion of the TM examination; such women cannot be part of the planned stratification by screening frequency and are expected to represent far less than 1% of the Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (TMIST) population
• Breast density will be determined by prior mammography reports, when available; all other risk factors used to determine patient eligibility for annual or biennial screening will be determined by subject self-report
Procedure: Digital Mammography, Procedure: Digital Tomosynthesis Mammography, Other: Laboratory Biomarker Analysis
Breast Screening
Digital Mammography, Breast Tomography, Screening Mammography, TMIST
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Improving Chronic Disease Management With Pieces (ICD-Pieces)

ICD-Pieces (Parkland Intelligent e-Coordination and Evaluation System) trial is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Healthcare Systems(HCS) Collaboratory demonstration project to improve management of patients with a triad of Chronic Kidney Disease, hypertension and diabetes with Pieces in four HCS including Parkland, Texas Health Resources (THR), ProHealth Physicians Incorporation and North Texas VA. Pieces is a decision support technology platform created by Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation(PCCI). The primary objective is to test the hypothesis that a collaborative model of primary care and subspecialty care intervention enhanced by Pieces and practice facilitators compared to standard clinical practice will reduce all-cause hospitalizations in patients with coexisting chronic kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension. Secondary objectives are: a)Test if implementation of the collaborative model will reduce 30-day readmissions, emergency room visits, cardiovascular events or deaths and disease-specific hospitalizations; b) Develop and validate risk predictive models for disease-specific hospitalizations, all-cause hospitalizations, 30-day readmissions, emergency room visits, cardiovascular events and deaths for patients with chronic kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension. c) Collect demographic and clinical data to assist phenotyping patients with chronic kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension. d) Obtain safety data including Acute Kidney Injury, progression of chronic kidney disease, electrolyte disturbances and medication errors, and drug toxicity; e) Collect resource utilization information including hospitalizations, emergency room visits, outpatient visits, and diagnostic or therapeutic procedures completed. Candidate patients in selected clinics will be enrolled over a period of 2 years and followed for 12 months. Pieces will ascertain both primary and secondary outcomes from the Electronic Health Record supported with data from the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC), Accountable Care Organization (ACO) reports and VA database, and deaths from Social Security Index (SSI) data.
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Miguel Vazquez
17567
All
18 Years to 85 Years old
N/A
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT02587936
STU 062015-016
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Inclusion Criteria
• CKD Inclusion Criteria (present at least ≥ 3 months apart) 1. There will be two or more Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFRs) calculations less than 60ml/minute (corrected for BSA) or 2. Two or more positive tests for albuminuria and/or proteinuria Albuminuria/proteinuria can be defined by quantitative criteria with albumin/creatinine ratio greater than 30mg/g, urine protein creatinine ratio greater than 200mg/g or positive dipstick with protein detection (adjusted for urinary concentration/specific gravity).
• Diabetes Inclusion Criteria Only patients with type 2 diabetes will be enrolled in this study. 1. Random blood glucose greater than 200mg/dL 2. Hemoglobin A1C greater than 6.5% 3. Use of hypoglycemic agents or 4. Type 2 diabetes included in problem list
• Hypertension Inclusion Criteria 1. Systolic blood pressure greater than 140 mmHg on two different occasions at least one week apart 2. Diastolic blood pressure greater than 90 on two occasions at least more than one week apart 3. Use of antihypertensive agents except thiazide diuretics or 4. Hypertension included in problem list
Exclusion Criteria:

• Exclusion criteria will be minimal in this pragmatic trial. The collaborative model of care will not be implemented in patients younger than 18 years or older than 85 years of age or patients who have CKD stage 5/End Stage Renal Disease(ESRD.
• Primary care practitioners have the option of not implementing the intervention on any of their patients if they believe benefit to be minimal or risk too high due to patient comorbidities
Other: Collaborative Model of Primary care and Subspecialty care
Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes, High BP
Chronic, Risk prediction model, Quality Improvement (QI), Pragmatic trial, Cluster randomization, Collaborative care, clinical informatics, Chronic kidney disease, hypertension, high BP, diabetes
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Strategy to Prevent the Onset of Clinically-Apparent Rheumatoid Arthritis (StopRA)

The purpose of this study is to determine if hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is safe and effective for the prevention of future onset of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in individuals who have elevations of an autoantibody, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP3). The following recruitment strategies will be employed towards identifying healthy subjects with elevated anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP3) levels: -Pre-screening: - first degree relatives of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA); - subjects at health-fairs; and - identification of subjects with elevated anti-CCP3 levels in the absence of inflammatory arthritis in rheumatology clinics.
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Elizabeth Solow
83304
All
18 Years and over
Phase 2
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
NCT02603146
STU 012017-051
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Inclusion Criteria:
Subjects who meet all of the following criteria are eligible for enrollment into the study:
• Able and willing to give written informed consent and comply with requirements of the study;
• Age ≥18 years-old at the Screening Visit; and
• Elevation of autoantibody anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide-3 (anti-CCP3) defined by result of anti-CCP3 ≥40 units, at Screening.
Exclusion Criteria:
Subjects who meet any of the following criteria are ineligible to participate in the study:
• Evidence of significant retinal disease that, in the opinion of the examiner, would make identification of potential future retinal toxicity from hydroxychloroquine difficult to evaluate;
• A medical history of inflammatory arthritis (IA) of any type and/or rheumatic disease and immunologic disease(s) that may be associated with IA . These diseases include but are not limited to:
• rheumatoid arthritis (RA);
• systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE);
• seronegative spondyloarthropathies;
• inflammatory bowel disease;
• Sjögren's syndrome;
• polymyalgia rheumatic; or
• vasculitis. Note: Crystalline arthropathies are not exclusionary.
• A medical history of:
• congestive heart failure or functional status of New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class III or higher at the Screening Visit;
• cardiomyopathy or significant cardiac conduction disorders;
• chronic liver disease;
• psoriasis (due to potential for increased risk for flare of skin disease);
• porphyria;
• and/or serologic evidence during Screening Visit of chronic infections including, but not limited to, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV); ---Exception: hepatitis C antibody positive subjects are eligible with documentation of:
• receipt of HCV treatment AND
• a negative hepatitis C viral load test post-treatment.
• malignancy within the last 5 years, except for treated basal or squamous cell carcinoma, treated cervical dysplasia, or treated in situ cervical cancer Grade I; or
• alcohol or substance abuse within 1 year of treatment randomization.
• Prior or current systemic treatment with disease modifying anti-rheumatic agents, immunomodulatory agents, or glucocorticoids for IA, other rheumatic diseases, or other immunologic diseases;
• Tetracycline class antibiotic use for autoimmune conditions, taken within 12 months prior to Screening;
• Systemic corticosteroid use for non-IA conditions taken 28 days prior to Screening;
• More than 3 local corticosteroid injections, including but not limited to intra-articular, epidural, and intrabursal injections, during the 3 months prior to randomization;
• A history of a chronic condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, is highly likely to require therapy with systemic corticosteroids (oral or intravenous) within the study period, including but not limited to severe asthma and severe crystalline arthropathy;
• Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or desire to become pregnant and/or breast feed within the duration of the 12-month treatment phase of the study;
• Women of childbearing potential who are not using or who do not agree to use adequate birth control measures (for example, total abstinence, oral contraceptives, intrauterine device, barrier method with spermicide, surgical sterilization, Depo-Provera, or hormonal implants) during the treatment phase of the study;
• An ideal or actual body weight ≤ 24.4 kg (e.g., ≤53 lbs) at Screening Visit;
• Any of the following laboratory abnormalities at the Screening Visit:
• Serum Creatinine Clearance < 50ml/min (as calculated by the Cockcroft-Gault formula: Creatinine clearance (CrCl)= (140-age) X (Weight in kg) X (0.85 if female) / (72 X Creatinine));
• Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) > 2 times the upper limit of normal (ULN);
• Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST) > 2x the upper limit of normal (ULN);
• INR ≥ 1.25 if not currently taking anticoagulation therapy;
• Total white blood count (WBC) < 3.0 x 10^9/L;
• Platelet count ≤ 150 x10^9/L;
• Hemoglobin < 11.5g/dL;
• Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC) < 2.0 x 10^9/L;
• Evidence of significant retinal disease upon eye examination during the screening period that in the opinion of the examiner would make identification of potential future retinal toxicity from HCQ difficult to evaluate: -- Retinal exam results may be applied to evaluations of subject eligibility for up to 6 months after the initial retinal exam.
• When, in the opinion of the study physician, the subject is not a good study candidate.
Drug: Hydroxychloroquine, Drug: HCQ Placebo
Healthy Participants, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Prevention
RA prevention, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), anti-CCP3
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Using Intradialytic Blood Pressure Slopes to Guide Ultrafiltration (IBPS)

This study is an open label randomized clinical trial that comparing intradialytic blood pressure slope-based ultrafiltration prescriptions to standard care in the chronic fluid management of maintenance hemodialysis patients. It also includes a cross sectional component evaluating the associations between intradialytic blood pressure slopes ascertained over 2 week periods with measurements of extracellular water/body weight obtained with multifrequency bioimpedance spectroscopy.
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Peter Van Buren
76950
All
18 Years to 80 Years old
N/A
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03303391
STU 032017-024
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Inclusion Criteria:

• Age greater than 18 years
• End Stage Renal Disease on Maintenance Hemodialysis
• Hypertension defined as systolic blood pressure > 140 mmHg pre-dialysis or >130 mmHg post dialysis
Exclusion Criteria:

• Hemodialysis Vintage < 1 month
• Pregnancy
• Nadir Systolic Blood Pressure < 95 mmHg
• Pre or Post dialysis systolic blood pressure > 180 mmHg
• Decrease in systolic blood pressure >60 mmHg from pre to post dialysis
• Ultrafiltration rate >13 mL/kg/hr
• Peridialytic Midodrine Use
• Intradialytic Clonidine use
• Documented Antihypertensive Medication Non-adherence Bioimpedance will not be peformed on patients with
• amputated arms or legs
• cardiac defibrillator or pacemaker
• presence of metal prostheses
Other: Intradialytic Blood Pressure Slope Based Ultrafiltration
Hypertension, ESRD, Extracellular Fluid Alteration
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Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy (CHAP) Project (CHAP)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a blood pressure treatment strategy during pregnancy to achieve targets that are recommended for non-pregnant reproductive-age adults (<140/90 mmHg) compared ACOG- recommended standard during pregnancy (no treatment unless BP is severe) is effective and safe.
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Kenneth Leveno
14257
Female
12 Years and over
Phase 4
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT02299414
STU 092014-051
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Inclusion Criteria:
1. Women with chronic hypertension in pregnancy with new or untreated chronic hypertension, blood pressure 140-159 systolic or 90-104 diastolic OR known chronic hypertension on monotherapy and taking any antihypertensive and blood pressure ≤159/104 (including those with blood pressure <140/90); 2. Singleton; and 3. viable pregnancy <23 weeks of gestation.
Exclusion Criteria:
1. Blood pressures prior to randomization ≥160 systolic or ≥105 diastolic (with or without treatment); 2. Patients currently treated with >1 antihypertensive medication (more likely to have severe chronic hypertension); 3. Multi-fetal pregnancy; 4. Known secondary cause of chronic hypertension; 5. High-risk co-morbidities for which treatment may be indicated:
• Class C or higher diabetes mellitus
• Chronic kidney disease
•including baseline proteinuria (>300mg/24-hr, p/c ratio >0.3, or persistent 1+ proteinuria*) or creatinine >1.2. *If a dipstick value at screening is more than trace, a clean catch or catheter urine should be obtained and re-tested by dipstick. If this shows trace or absence of protein, the patient is included. If it again shows 1+ protein, the patient is excluded until a 24-hr urine <300mg/24hr or p/c ratio is <0.3.
• Cardiac disorders: cardiomyopathy, angina, CAD
• Prior stroke
• Retinopathy
• Sickle cell disease; 6. Known major fetal anomaly; 7. Known fetal demise; 8. Suspected IUGR; 9. Membrane rupture or planned termination prior to randomization; 10. Plan to deliver outside the consortium centers (unless approved by the Clinical Coordinating Center) or unlikely to follow-up in the opinion of study staff or previous participation in this trial; 11. Contraindication to labetalol or nifedipine (e.g. know hypersensitivity); and (12) Current substance abuse or addiction (cocaine, methamphetamine) *The minimum age varies by center
Drug: Anti-hypertensive therapy, Other: No anti-hypertensive therapy (unless BP is severe)
Hypertension
Pregnancy, Chronic hypertension
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A Study Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of Ralinepag to Improve Treatment Outcomes in PAH Patients

Study ROR-PH-301, ADVANCE OUTCOMES, is designed to assess the efficacy and safety of ralinepag when added to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) standard of care or PAH-specific background therapy in subjects with World Health Organization (WHO) Group 1 PAH.
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Sonja Bartolome
115047
All
18 Years to 75 Years old
Phase 3
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03626688
STU 062018-068
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Inclusion Criteria:
1. At least 18 years of age. 2. Evidence of a personally signed and dated informed consent form indicating that the subject has been informed of all pertinent aspects of the study prior to initiation of any study-related procedures. 3. Subjects who are willing and able to comply with scheduled visits, treatment plan, laboratory tests, and other study procedures 4. Primary diagnosis of symptomatic PAH 5. Has had a right heart catheterization (RHC) performed at or within 3 years of Screening (RHC will be performed during Screening if not available) that is consistent with the diagnosis of PAH 6. Has WHO/ NYHA functional class II to IV symptoms. 7. If on PAH-specific background oral therapy, subject is on stable therapy with either an endothelin receptor antagonist (ERA) and/or a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (PDE5-I) or a soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) stimulator. Subjects may be naïve to PAH-specific treatment. 8. Has a 6MWD of ≥150 meters.
Exclusion Criteria:
1. For subjects with known HIV-associated PAH, a cluster designation 4 (CD4+) T-cell count <200/mm3 within 90 days of Baseline. 2. Must not have 3 or more left ventricular dysfunction risk factors as defined in the study protocol. 3. Has evidence of more than mild lung disease on PFTs performed within 180 days prior to, or during Screening. 4. Has evidence of thromboembolic disease as determined by a V/Q lung scan or local standard of care diagnostic evaluation at or after diagnosis of PAH. 5. Current diagnosis of uncontrolled sleep apnea as defined by the Investigator. 6. Male subjects with a corrected QT interval using Fridericia's formula (QTcF) >450 msec and female subjects with a QTcF >470 msec on ECG measured at Screening or Baseline in subjects without evidence of intraventricular conduction delay (IVCD). In the presence of IVCD, subjects will be excluded if the QTcF >500 msec for both males and females. 7. Severe chronic liver disease (ie, Child-Pugh C), portal hypertension, cirrhosis or complications of cirrhosis/portal hypertension (eg, history of variceal hemorrhage, encephalopathy). 8. Confirmed active infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV). 9. Subjects with alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or aspartate aminotransferase (AST) ≥3 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) or total bilirubin ≥2 × ULN at Screening. 10. Chronic renal insufficiency as defined by serum creatinine >2.5 mg/dL or requiring dialysis at Screening. 11. Hemoglobin concentration <9 g/dL at Screening. 12. Subjects treated with an IV or SC prostacyclin pathway agent (eg, epoprostenol, treprostinil, or iloprost) at any time prior to Baseline (use in vasoreactive testing is permitted). 13. Subjects treated with an inhaled or oral prostacyclin pathway agent (iloprost, treprostinil, beraprost, or selexipag) that was stopped for a safety or tolerability issue. 14. Subject has pulmonary veno-occlusive disease. 15. Malignancy diagnosed and/or treated within 5 years prior to Screening, with the exception of localized non-metastatic basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin or in-situ carcinoma of the cervix excised with curative intent. 16. Subject tests positive for amphetamine, cocaine, methamphetamine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine or phencyclidine in urine drug screen performed at Screening, or has a recent history (6 months) of alcohol or drug abuse.
Drug: Ralinepag, Drug: Placebo
Pulmonary Hypertension, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Diseases, Hypertension, Pulmonary, PAH, Connective Tissue Diseases, Familial Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, Vascular Diseases, Lung Diseases, Respiratory Tract Disease
Prostacyclin, Connective Tissue Disease-Associated, 6 Minute Walk Test, 6 Minute Walk Distance, Pulmonary Vascular Resistance, Right Ventricular Function
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Impact of Liraglutide 3.0 on Body Fat Distribution

This study is a clinical study to investigate the efficacy of liraglutide compared to placebo in reducing visceral adiposity measured by MRI in overweight or obese subjects at high risk for cardiovascular disease after 40 weeks on-treatment.
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Parag Joshi
164267
All
35 Years and over
Phase 4
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NCT03038620
STU 122015-044
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Inclusion Criteria:

• Age ≥ 35 years
• Able to provide informed consent
• BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2 or ≥ 27 kg/m2 with metabolic syndrome
• Metabolic syndrome is defined as at least three of the following:3 1. waist circumference > 102 cm (40 in) in men and 88 cm (35 in) in women 2. triglycerides > 150 mg/dL or on treatment for hypertriglyceridemia 3. HDL cholesterol < 40 mg/dL in men and < 50 mg/dL in women 4. blood pressure > 130/85 mmHg or on treatment for hypertension 5. fasting glucose > 100 mg/dL
Exclusion Criteria:

• Treatment with GLP-1 receptor agonists (including liraglutide, exenatide or others as they become available), DPP-4 inhibitors or insulin within the last 3 months.
• Receipt of any anti-obesity drug or supplement within 1 month prior to screening for this trial.
• Self-reported or clinically documented history of significant fluctuations (>5% change) in weight within 3 months prior to screening for this trial.
• History of diabetes mellitus (type 1 or 2) or on treatment with anti-diabetes medication.
• History of chronic pancreatitis or idiopathic acute pancreatitis (current or prior history).
• History of gallbladder disease (cholelithiasis or cholecystitis).
• Chronic kidney disease stage III or greater (eGFR<60 mL/min).
• Obesity induced by other endocrinologic disorders (e.g. Cushing Syndrome).
• Current or history of treatment with medications that may cause significant weight gain, within 1 month prior to screening for this trial, including systemic corticosteroids (except for a short course of treatment, i.e., 7- 10 days), tri-cyclic antidepressants, atypical antipsychotic and mood stabilizers (e.g., imipramine, amitryptiline, mirtazapine, paroxetine, phenelzine, clorpromazine, thioridazine, clozapine, olanzapine, valproic acid and its derivatives, and lithium).
• Diet attempts using herbal supplements or over-the-counter medications within 1 month prior to screening for this trial.
• Current participation in an organized weight reduction program or within the last 1 month prior to screening for this trial.
• Participation in a clinical trial within the last 3 months prior to screening for this trial.
• Familial or personal history of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 or familial medullary thyroid carcinoma.
• Personal history of non-familial medullary thyroid carcinoma.
• History of Major Depressive Disorder within the last 2 years.
• History of other severe psychiatric disorders, e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.
• Any lifetime history of a suicide attempt.
• A history of any suicidal behavior in the last month prior to randomization.
• Surgery scheduled for the trial duration period, except for minor surgical procedures, at the discretion of the Investigator.
• Known or suspected hypersensitivity to trial product(s) or related product(s).
• Known or suspected abuse of alcohol or narcotics.
• Language barrier, mental incapacity, unwillingness or inability to understand.
• Females of childbearing potential who are pregnant, breast-feeding or intend to become pregnant or are not using adequate contraceptive methods. These include abstinence and the following methods: diaphragm with spermacide, condom with spermacide (by male partner), intrauterine device, sponge, spermacide, Norplant®, Depo-Provera® or oral contraceptives.
Drug: Liraglutide, Drug: Placebo
Cardiovascular Diseases, Obesity, Visceral, Fat Disorder
Obesity, Visceral, Cardiovascular Disease, Fat
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Preventing Hypertension and Sympathetic Overactivation by Targeting Phosphate

An increasing number of studies have indicated that most fast food and common grocery items, contain large amount of inorganic phosphate-based food additives , which are highly absorbable. The long-term cardiovascular consequences of a high phosphate diet are unknown but the existing database implicates phosphate excess as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events in individuals with and without chronic kidney diseases (CKD). High phosphate consumption clearly induces BP elevation in rats with normal kidneys. However, the mechanisms underlying phosphate-induced hypertension and the relevance of these rodent studies to human hypertension have not been determined. We seek to investigate the role of high phosphate diet in human hypertension and assess the effect of high phosphate diet on muscle sympathetic nerve activity and the exercise pressor reflex.
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Wanpen Vongpatanasin
17620
All
18 Years to 80 Years old
N/A
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03234361
STU 012017-052
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Inclusion Criteria:
(answer must be yes to all to enter trial; check yes or no) º ≥ 18 years of age º Stage 1 Prehypertension (office BP 120-129/80-84 mmHg and normal ABPM <130/80)
Exclusion Criteria:
(answer must be no to all to enter trial) º Diabetes mellitus or other systemic disease º Cardiopulmonary disease º Treatment with antihypertensive medications º eGFR< 60 ml/min/1.73m2 º Pregnancy º Hypersensitivity to nitroprusside or phenylephrine º Psychiatric illness º H/o substance abuse or current smoker º H/o malignancy º Serum Phos <2.4 mg/dL or >4.5 mg/dL
Dietary Supplement: High Phosphate Phase, Dietary Supplement: Low Phosphate Phase
Hypertension
Hypertension, High phosphorus diet, FGF 23, 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure, Muscle sympathetic nerve
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Neural Mechanism of Aldosterone-induced Insulin Resistance

Patients with high aldosterone hormone have higher blood glucose than normal people. This study is being done to understand how aldosterone hormone affects the nerve activity that controls blood flow in the muscles and blood glucose. The information may be helpful in selecting blood pressure medications which can improve not only blood pressure but also improve blood sugar.
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Wanpen Vongpatanasin
17620
All
18 Years to 75 Years old
Phase 4
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
NCT02102243
STU 102010-063
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Inclusion Criteria:
1. Normotensive controls 2. Stage I (140-159/90-99 mmHg) untreated subjects with essential hypertension 3. Patients with PA and stage I (140-159/90-99 mmHg) hypertension
Exclusion Criteria:
1. Congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease 2. Blood pressure averaging > 159/99 mmHg 3. Serum creatinine > 1.5 mg/dL 4. Diabetes mellitus or other systemic illness 5. Left ventricular hypertrophy by echocardiography or ECG 6. Pregnancy 7. Hypersensitivity to spironolactone, chlorthalidone, amlodipine, human recombinant insulin or Definity 8. Any history of substance abuse (other than tobacco) 9. History of gouty arthritis 10. Patients with right-to-left, bi-directional, or transient right-to-left cardiac shunts 11. Hypersensitivity to perflutren, blood, blood products or albumin
Drug: DEFINITY® infusion, Drug: Human Recombinant Regular Insulin infusion, Drug: Dextrose infusion, Procedure: Flow mediated vasodilation, Procedure: Endothelial cell collection, Procedure: Microvascular perfusion assessment using Definity, Procedure: Microneurography
Hypertension
hypertension, blood pressure, sympathetic nerve activity, vascular oxidative stress, nitric oxide, nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), endothelium, endothelial dysfunction, endothelial cell protein expression, microvascular blood flow, flow mediated dilation, endothelial cell collection, microbubbles, Definity
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Physiological Study of the Efficacy and Mechanistic Effects of Alcohol Renal Denervation

Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Hypertension is a common and widespread problem; unfortunately, current treatment strategies fail to adequately control blood pressure in up to 50% of patients either because of failure to take prescribed medications (because of cost, side effects, inconvenience etc.) or lack of therapeutic response. Indeed, it is estimated that 50% of patients stop taking antihypertensive medication within 6-12 months after the initiation of drug therapy. Despite enthusiasm for a novel approach called renal denercation, presently there are no integrative studies of the antihypertensive effect of renal denervation on the multiple regulatory pathways it may consequentially affect. Experimental evidence from pre-clinical models suggests the effects are due to reducing efferent sympathetic activity and thus lowering blood pressure by altering the renin-angiotensin system. Uncontrolled clinical studies in humans suggest that when effective, this procedure may also lower renal sympathetic nerve activity. However the sympathetic response to monopolar radiofrequency therapy has been highly variable. Moreover, there have been no assessments of procedural efficacy performed in humans. Thus the actual mechanism by which this type of procedure reduces BP in humans is largely unknown, making it extremely difficult to identify the appropriate patients for this invasive procedure. Recently, chemical renal denervation using ethanol (EtOH), was demonstrated to markedly lower blood pressure in small numbers of patients with resistant hypertension. However the mechanisms by which blood pressure is altered using this novel technique in humans is entirely unknown, and procedural efficacy has also not been assessed. Therefore it is unclear, whether in humans renal sympathetic nerve activity is lowered following renal denervation using this new approach. The Investigators propose to use high resolution physiological testing to determine the effects of chemical renal artery denervation on sympathetic activity. Therefore the global objective of this physiological study is to provide the first detailed assessment of the integrated mechanistic effects of chemical renal nerve denervation in humans with hypertension that is uncontrolled by conventional treatment (because of lack of adherence or response to therapy).
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Benjamin Levine
14262
All
18 Years to 75 Years old
Early Phase 1
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03465917
STU 112014-023
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9.1 Please indicate the inclusion criteria for enrollment: Six patients will participate in this study. Patients who present with uncontrolled hypertension (classified as clinic systolic blood pressure not at target level >140mmHg) to their primary care provider, emergency room (ER), specialist hypertension clinic or urgent care center will be asked to participate. Inclusion criteria include: 1. Patient presents with treated or untreated hypertension. 2. Adults aged 18-75 years, male or female 3. Patient has a clinic systolic blood pressure >140mmHg (average of 3 measurements), or >135mmHg in patients with type II diabetes 4. Patient has a daytime mean systolic blood pressure of ≥135 and diastolic blood pressure ≥85mHg based on 24 hours ambulatory blood pressure monitoring 5. Investigator judges that the subject can be managed safely for up to 12 weeks (4 weeks run-in plus 8 weeks post-treatment) with the use of standard background regimen of losartan/hydrochlorothiazide; patients with true resistant hypertension will be required to maintaining current antihypertensive regime for the duration of the study. Exclusion Criteria. Any patient who meets any of the following exclusion criteria will not be eligible for the study. 1. Patient has known or suspected secondary hypertension 2. Use of systemic drugs that may be used for the treatment of hypertension, for a non-hypertension indication for the trial, (e.g. atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter, heart failure, or calcium channel blocker for heart rate control). 3. Renal artery stenosis ≥ 50% diameter stenosis, or aneurysm(s) 4. Patients with atrial fibrillation. 5. Patient has type 1 diabetes 6. Patient has type 2 diabetes and evidence of peripheral neuropathy 7. History of previous stenting or balloon angioplasty of the renal arteries. 8. Untreated hypothyroid or hypo-parathyroid. 9. Orthostatic hypotension defined as >20 mmHg of systolic blood pressure and/or more than 10 mmHg in diastolic blood pressure fall after standing for 3mins 10. Renal artery anatomy as assessed by imaging (CT-angiogram or, MR angiogram or renal angiogram) meeting the following criteria: 1. Single renal artery or two renal arteries, if either has a diameter of < 5 mm or > 7 mm or a length of < 11 mm, 2. Accessory renal arteries with diameter > 2.0 mm and < 5.0 mm, 3. Excessive renal artery tortuosity based on Investigator judgment, 4. Moderate or severe, and diffuse renal artery calcification, and/or 5. Renal anatomic renovascular abnormalities (as assessed by renal imaging) that would increase the risk of renal catheterization. 11. Occlusive peripheral vascular disease that would preclude percutaneous access for the procedure. 12. Patient is known to have a unilateral non-functioning kidney or unequal renal size (> 2cm difference in renal length between kidneys). 13. Single kidney, kidney tumor, urinary tract obstruction, or other anatomic abnormality. Note: Simple renal cysts are not an exclusion. 14. Previous renal denervation. 15. History of renal transplantation. 16. Estimated eGFR (by the CKD-Epi formula) ≤45 mL/min per 1.73 m2, or on chronic renal replacement therapy. Patients with eGFR of <60 mL/min per 1.73 m2 will undergo additional renal function monitoring post procedure and/or contrast exsposure. 17. Unexplained hypokalemia (i.e. K < 3.5 mEq/L in patients not on a potassium-wasting diuretic). 18. Patient in whom an ABPM device cannot be used due to arm size (>50 cm arm circumference) or other reasons as identified by the Investigator or study coordinator. 19. Patient with severe cardiac valve stenosis for which, in the opinion of the Investigator, a significant reduction of blood pressure is contraindicated. 20. Heart failure greater than asymptomatic, New York Heart Association Functional Classification, class I, stage B heart failure 21. Patient with history of myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, or stroke during the 6 months prior to screening 22. Known primary or secondary pulmonary hypertension. 23. Active infection. 24. Patient requiring chronic oxygen support or has severe COPD. 25. Patient has known hypersensitivity to contrast agents that cannot be adequately pre-medicated 26. A known hypersensitivity to Dehydrated Alcohol Injection. 27. Platelet count < 75,000/microliter and/or known bleeding diathesis or coagulopathy at time of screening. 28. Receiving anticoagulant drugs (e.g., warfarin, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban, or low molecular weight heparins), that in the opinion of the investigator, would affect the safety of the trial procedure. Use of antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin and/or thienopyridines (e.g., clopidogrel) are permitted. 29. Patient has current problems with substance abuse (e.g. alcohol, illegal drugs, etc.). 30. Patient on high dose of steroids or immunosuppressant therapy. 31. Patient has a history of myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, or stroke during the 3 months prior to screening. 32. Patients with a history of pre-eclampsia 33. patients with fibromuscular dysplasia 34. patients with history of pyelonephritis within 6 months 35. patients with history of recurrent (> one episode) kidney stones or history of kidney stones within the last year 36. Pregnant or nursing or planning to become pregnant during the trial time period. Note: If subject is of childbearing potential, as defined in the protocol, agrees to use of contraception. 37. Any acute or chronic condition that the investigator believes will adversely affect the ability to interpret the data or will prevent the subject from completing the trial procedures, or has a life expectancy of < 12 months.
Combination Product: Renal Denervation
Hypertension
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Semaglutide Effects on Heart Disease and Stroke in Patients With Overweight or Obesity (SELECT)

The researchers are doing the study to see if semaglutide may reduce the risk of having cardiovascular events in patients with overweight or obesity and with prior cardiovascular disease. The participant will either get semaglutide (active medicine) or placebo ("dummy" medicine). Which treatment the participants get is decided by chance. The participant's chance of getting semaglutide or placebo is the same. The participant will get the study medicine in a pen. The participants will need to use the pen to inject the study medicine in a skinfold once a week. The study will last for about 2.5 to 5 years. Participants will have up to 25 clinic visits with the study doctor.
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Ildiko Lingvay
55880
All
45 Years and over
Phase 3
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03574597
STU 062018-088
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Inclusion Criteria:

•Male or female, age greater than or equal to 45 years at the time of signing informed consent
•Body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 27 kg/m^2
•Have established cardiovascular (CV) disease as evidenced by at least one of the following: prior myocardial infarction; prior stroke (ischemic or haemorrhagic stroke); or symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD), as evidenced by intermittent claudication with ankle-brachial index (ABI) less than 0.85 (at rest), or peripheral arterial revascularization procedure, or amputation due to atherosclerotic disease Exclusion Criteria:
•Any of the following: myocardial infarction, stroke, hospitalisation for unstable angina pectoris or transient ischaemic attack within the past 60 days prior to the day of screening
•HbA1c greater than or equal to 48 mmol/mol (6.5 %) as measured by the central laboratory at screening
•History of type 1 or type 2 diabetes (history of gestational diabetes is allowed)
Drug: Semaglutide, Drug: Placebo (semaglutide)
Obesity, Overweight
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Exploring the Effects of Corticosteroids on the Human Hippocampus

Chronic corticosteroid (CS) exposure is associated with changes in memory and the hippocampus in both humans and in animal models. The hippocampus has a high concentration of glucocorticoid receptors (GCRs), and the pre-clinical literature demonstrates shortening of apical dendrites in the CA3 region of the hippocampus and decreased neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus (DG) following CS administration. In humans, both stress and CS exposure are associated with a decline in declarative memory performance (a process mediated by the hippocampus). Impairment in declarative memory and hippocampal atrophy are reported in patients with excessive CS release due to Cushing's disease, and, by our group, in patients receiving prescription CS therapy. These findings have important implications for patients with mood disorders, as a large subset of people with major depressive disorder (MDD) show evidence of HPA axis activation, elevated cortisol and, importantly, resistance to the effects of CSs on both the HPA axis and on declarative memory. Thus, resistance to corticosteroids appears to be a consequence of MDD. this study will examine changes in declarative memory, as well as use state-of-the-art high-resolution multimodal neuroimaging, including structural and functional (i.e., task-based and resting state) MRI, in both men and women healthy controls, and, as an exploratory aim, a depressed group, given 3-day exposures to hydrocortisone (160 mg/day) or placebo. The study will translate preclinical findings to humans, provide valuable data on possible sex differences in the response to cortisol and, for the first time, identify specific hippocampal subfields (e.g., CA3/DG) in humans that are most sensitive to acute CS effects. Using resting state fMRI data and whole brain connectomics using graph theoretical approaches, we will determine the effects of cortisol exposure on functional brain networks. Furthermore, this will be the first study to use neuroimaging to compare the brain's response to CSs in people with depression vs. controls, and determine whether depressed people demonstrate glucocorticoid resistance within the hippocampus. We hypothesize that hippocampal response to acute CSs will be greatest in the CA3/DG subfield, greater in women than in men, and that depressed people will show a blunted hippocampal response to CSs compared to controls. A multidisciplinary research team with extensive experience in CS effects on the brain and hippocampal subfield neuroimaging, and a prior history of research collaboration, will conduct the project.
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Edson Brown
10878
All
18 Years to 40 Years old
Phase 4
This study is also accepting healthy volunteers
NCT03896659
STU-2018-0360
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• Men and women age 18-40 years with vision corrected to at least 20-40 (needed for fMRI tasks)
• Education of ≥ 12 years
• Baseline RAVLT total words recalled T-score ≥ 40 (normal range)
• BMI between 18.5-35.0 (neither underweight nor severely obese)
• Baseline QIDS-C ≤ 5 (virtual absence of depressive symptoms) for "healthy controls" and for the "depressed" group a QIDS-C between 11-20 (≥ moderate depressive symptoms but < very severe depressive symptoms)
Exclusion Criteria:

• History of major psychiatric illness other than MDD for the depressed group, defined as bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, or MDD with psychotic features. For the control group, a past episode of MDD (per SCID) is also exclusionary
• History of drug or alcohol use disorder
• History of neurological disorders including seizures, brain surgery, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease
• Taking CNS-acting medications (e.g., antidepressants, antipsychotics, lithium, anticonvulsants, sedative/hypnotic/anxiolytics). Thus, the depressed group will be medication free.
• History of allergic reaction or medical contraindication to hydrocortisone
• Metal implants, claustrophobia, or other contraindications to MRI
• Significant medical conditions (e.g., cancer, heart disease, diabetes)
• Vulnerable population including pregnant or nursing women, prisoners, and people with intellectual disability, history of special education classes, dementia, or other severe cognitive disorders
• Current suicidal ideation, a suicide attempt in the past 12 months or more than one lifetime attempt
• History of systemic CS use in the past 12 months, lifetime cumulative use of more than 12 weeks, or recent (defined as past 28 days) inhaled CS use
• Women who are using estrogen containing oral contraceptive agents (other contraceptives are acceptable, see Protection of Human Subjects section for a list of acceptable birth control methods) or who are post- or peri-menopausal or with irregular menstrual cycles (i.e., inconsistent menstruation patterns)
Drug: Hydrocortisone Oral, Drug: Placebo Oral Tablet
Depression, Healthy Volunteers, Hydrocortisone
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