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CTA riders as "test subjects"

Two train ad cards I saw in the last few days have me wondering what kind of people "they" think are riding public transportation.

Rush University was looking for folks suffering from depression to try out some scary-sounding treatment: transcranial magnetic stimulation. Test subjects are required to be aged 18-70, and depressed at least four weeks. Plus they must have previously tried other anti-depression treatments.

Also, a University of Chicago study (search near bottom of Web page) aims to "study the effects of non-experimental, FDA-approved drugs on mood and motor abilities." Participants can earn between $60 and $550 over 1-9 sessions, depending on the study. They must be in good health between 21 and 39 years old.

Aren't we patient CTA riders all just great test subjects?


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