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2018 Press Releases

NIH announces awards for behavioral research on OUD prevention and treatment

This press release provides information about NCCIH research awards to study the impact of behavioral interventions for primary or secondary prevention of opioid use disorder (OUD) or as complements to medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

NIH study broadens understanding of High Impact Chronic Pain in the US

Researchers have demonstrated that disability is as likely in the chronic pain population as it is in those with kidney failure, emphysema or stroke. This is the reality for 11 million U.S. adults with High Impact Chronic Pain (HICP), a new concept that describes those with pain lasting three months or longer and accompanied by at least one major activity restriction.

NIH names Dr. Helene Langevin director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Helene M. Langevin, M.D., C.M., named director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

Media Advisory: Lecture to explore the impact of nature on health

Information about an upcoming lecture by Dr. Gregory Bratman titled “Nature Contact and Human Health: A Multimethod Approach.”

NIH expands program that conducts large-scale clinical trials in real-world settings

This press release addresses the National Institutes of Health’s Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory and announces five new research awards; such research will help strengthen the relevance of research results to health practice.

NIH launches HerbList, a mobile app on herbal products

To help consumers navigate information about popular herbs and herbal supplements, the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has launched HerbList™ – an app for research-based information about the safety and effectiveness of herbal products.

NCCIH Welcomes Three New Members to Advisory Council

The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) welcomes three new members—with expertise in acupuncture, natural products, and mind and body approaches—to its National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH). The council serves as the principal advisory body to NCCIH, the lead federal agency for research on complementary and integrative health.

NIH study explains why opioid therapy may not always work well for chronic pain

Researchers have shown that pain-induced changes in the rat brain’s opioid receptor system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain and may play a role in the depression that often accompanies it. These findings clearly show the impact of chronic pain on the brain and its relation to depression.

Media Advisory: Physician/researcher to give April 23 lecture on reexamining how chronic pain is managed in primary care

Erin E. Krebs, M.D., M.P.H., to deliver NCCIH-hosted lecture – Reframing the Primary Care Management of Chronic Pain – at NIH Monday, April 23 at 11 a.m.