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Chronic Insomnia Study (Tai Chi Effects)

Researcher
Michael Irwin at University of California, Los Angeles
Study abstract

This project will constitute the first, randomized clinical trail of the effects of TCC on sleep outcomes in breast cancer survivors, and will advance psychobiological models of insomnia treatment mechanisms.

Study review

This study at the University of California, Los Angeles, is investigating whether Tai Chi or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can change sleep patterns and reduce insomnia. The study will also investigate whether Tai Chi or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy changes levels of the immune cell products that are known to alter sleep. Finally, the study will assess individual genetic differences in immune cell products and their possible relationship to insomnia. The researchers wanted to enroll at least 55 volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to Army of Women members on February 18, 2010. The researchers were able to close enrollment on May 26, 2011, after the Army of Women provided them with 86 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.

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