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2007 Press Releases

NCCAM Expands Centers of Excellence in CAM Research Program

NCCAM has added three new Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM to its centers program. These centers will explore the biological effects of a number of plant-derived compounds and preparations found in CAM products, such as dietary supplements, on pancreatic diseases, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and Alzheimer’s disease.

FDA Issues Dietary Supplements Final Rule  (U.S. FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a final rule establishing regulations to require current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) for dietary supplements.

NCCAM Welcomes Six New Members to Its National Advisory Council

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) welcomes six new members to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM).

In Memoriam Stephen E. Straus, M.D.

Stephen E. Straus, M.D., 60, the first director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), died of brain cancer May 14, 2007, at his home in Potomac, Maryland.

Integrative Medicine Consult Service Established at the NIH Clinical Center

NCCAM has established an Integrative Medicine Consult Service at the NIH Clinical Center. This service will provide physicians, nurses, and other members of the Clinical Center health care team the ability to discuss CAM therapies with knowledgeable medical staff from the consult service and learn how various CAM practices might complement or interact with a patient’s care.

Older Americans Not Discussing Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use With Doctors

In spite of the high use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among people age 50 or older, 69 percent of those who use CAM do not talk to their doctors about it, according to a new survey conducted by AARP and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health. The survey examined conversations between patients and their physicians regarding CAM use.