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Volunteers sought for knee pain study

Researchers with the TWU Department of Nutrition & Food Sciences are seeking volunteers for a four-month study on the beneficial effect of watermelon in improving joint function and reducing pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.

You may be eligible to participate in the study if you:

  • Have knee pain
  • Are between 45 and 79 years old
  • Are otherwise healthy and mobile

Participants will be asked to consume freeze dried watermelon powder or a powder without watermelon reconstituted in water daily for four months. The study is open to TWU and non-TWU individuals. The study site is the university’s Denton campus.

Benefits of participating in the study include:

  • Promotion of knee joint and vascular health
  • Measurements of height and weight
  • Pain and stiffness evaluation
  • Range of motion, gait, and vascular assessment
  • Compensation of $100 in payments of $50 at midpoint (two months) and final visits.

If you meet the criteria and are interested in participating in this study, email your name and phone number to or call 940-898-2704.