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NCCIH Introduces Know the Science Initiative

NCCIH launches “Know the Science”, an initiative designed to clarify and explain scientific topics related to health research.

Media Advisory: AAAS CEO Emeritus to present “Communicating Science to the Public: Follow the Science” on October 19

​​​​​​​What: Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., CEO Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will give a lecture on science communication, touching upon needs for engaging with the public about science and lessons learned from communicating about complex topics.

Federal agencies partner for military and veteran pain management research

U.S. agencies partner on research that focuses on nondrug approaches for pain management in military personnel and veterans; NCCIH is the lead for this multi-agency initiative.

NIH study uncovers specialized mouse neurons that play a unique role in pain: ​​​​Previously unknown category of neuron responds to pulling of a single hair  

NCCIH scientists identify sensory neurons that may offer insights into new approaches to pain therapy.

Integrative Health Care and U.S. Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families

NCCIH to host a series of events on integrative health and U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families this spring (2017).

Veterans Endure Higher Pain Severity than Nonveterans

A new analysis of National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data suggests American military veterans experience higher prevalence of pain and more severe pain than nonveterans, and highlights the importance of monitoring/managing pain in veterans.

“Sixth sense” may be more than just a feeling

A gene called PIEZO2 controls specific aspects of human touch and proprioception, a “sixth sense” describing awareness of one’s body in space.

NIH Review Finds Nondrug Approaches Effective For Treatment of Common Pain Conditions

Study suggests some popular complementary health approaches—such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture—may effectively manage common pain conditions.

Americans Spent $30.2 Billion Out-Of-Pocket On Complementary Health Approaches

American out-of-pocket spending on complementary health approaches tops $30 billion annually.

NCCIH Advisory Council Welcomes Five New Members

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) welcomes five members to its National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Affective neuroscience expert Dr. Richard Davidson to speak on meditation research at NIH

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., will present “Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind” at the seventh annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies.

Study Finds Mindfulness Meditation Offers Relief for Low-Back Pain

Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) may prove more effective than usual treatment in alleviating chronic low-back pain.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Scientists Discover Non-Opioid Pain Pathway in the Brain

Scientists Discover Non-Opioid Pain Pathway in the Brain; NCCIH-funded study provides evidence for the existence of a non-opioid process in the brain to reduce pain through mindfulness meditation

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