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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