By EMILY FORD, Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Janet Allen hopes scientists at the can help her live a healthier life.

“I’m pushing 50 and I have a 9-year-old son and a 15-year-old-son, and I’d like to stay around here a little bit longer if I can,” said Allen, who lives in Kannapolis.

Allen had planned to join a human trial where overweight, older women will eat chia seed to determine health benefits. But the study, which will pay 60 women $300 each, filled up within a week.

“We are very pleased that people in the surrounding community are excited about being subjects in studies,” said Dr. David Nieman, director of the “If you can’t get people to come in as subjects, that really hurts research.”

An upcoming ASU trial that will pay cyclists $300 to test whether Gatorade or bananas are better for endurance athletes has a dozen people on a waiting list, Nieman said.

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