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2008 Press Releases

According to a New Government Survey, 38 Percent of Adults and 12 Percent of Children Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The survey was conducted as part of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an annual study in which tens of thousands of Americans are interviewed about their health- and illness-related experiences.

News Advisory: New Data Provide Comprehensive Understanding of Americans' Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

CDC to release a nationwide government survey on trends and demographic use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among both adults and children in the United States.

Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) Study Fails To Show Benefit in Preventing Dementia in the Elderly

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 240 milligrams per day of the dietary supplement Ginkgo biloba was found to be ineffective in reducing the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people.

New Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Centers Target Stress-Related Illnesses, Obesity, Cancer, and Other Conditions

The new centers will add to knowledge about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches and their potential in treating and preventing diseases and conditions that are common among Americans.

Jack Killen, M.D., Named Deputy Director of NCCAM

John (Jack) Killen, Jr., M.D. was recently appointed Deputy Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dietary Supplements Glucosamine and/or Chondroitin Fare No Better than Placebo in Slowing Structural Damage of Knee Osteoarthritis

The dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, together or alone, appeared to fare no better than placebo in slowing loss of cartilage in osteoarthritis of the knee. Interpreting the study results is complicated, however, because participants taking placebo had a smaller loss of cartilage, or joint space width, than predicted.

FTC Sweep Stops Peddlers of Bogus Cancer Cures  (FTC)

The Federal Trade Commission today announced 11 law enforcement actions challenging deceptive advertising of bogus cancer cures. The FTC charged the companies with making unsupported claims that their products cured or treated one or more types of cancer.

Time To Talk About CAM: Health Care Providers and Patients Need To Ask and Tell

NCCAM has launched Time to Talk, an educational campaign to encourage patients and their health care providers to openly discuss the use of CAM.

Martin H. Goldrosen, Ph.D., Named Director of NCCAM's Division of Extramural Activities

Martin H. Goldrosen, Ph.D., was recently appointed director of the Division of Extramural Activities at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health.

NCCAM's Advisory Council Welcomes Six New Members

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) welcomes six new members to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The Council serves as the principal advisory body to NCCAM, the lead Federal agency for complementary and alternative medicine research and a component of the National Institutes of Health.

Josephine Briggs, M.D., Named Director of NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

NIH Director, Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., has named Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., to be the director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. An accomplished researcher and physician, Dr. Briggs brings a focus on translational research to the study of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help build a fuller understanding of the usefulness and safety of CAM practices that nearly two-thirds of the American public uses.