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2009 Press Releases

Research Symposium Will Explore the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

NCCAM will celebrate a decade of rigorous research with NCCAM’s 10th Anniversary Research Symposium: Exploring the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Speakers will discuss topics including natural products, mind-body medicine, and the intersection of behavioral science and integrative medicine.

Americans Spent $33.9 Billion Out-of-Pocket on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

CAM accounts for approximately 1.5 percent of total health care expenditures and 11.2 percent of total out-of-pocket expenditures on health care in the United States.

Comprehensive New Data on Costs of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Data from a nationwide government survey on the costs of CAM will be released during a telebriefing and online presentation.

NCCAM Advisory Council Welcomes Two New Members

Members of the Council contribute their expertise over 4-year terms and meet three times per year to offer advice and recommendations on prioritization, conduct, and support of CAM research.

Acupuncture-Like Treatments Improve Outcomes Compared to Usual Care for Low Back Pain

People suffering from chronic low back pain who received acupuncture or simulated acupuncture treatments fared better than those receiving only conventional care according to a recent study.

News Advisory: Noted Author, Surgeon To Address "Chinese Medicine, Western Science and Acupuncture" at NCCAM's Inaugural Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Nuland will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture.

Dr. Dale Birkle Dreer Named Chief of NCCAM's Office of Scientific Review

Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D., was recently appointed chief of the OSR at the NCCAM.