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Study explains behavioral reaction to painful experiences

This press release describes basic research related to understanding the nature of pain.

Media Advisory: Lecture to explore health care transformation through the VA’s patient-centered model

What: Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D., inaugural executive director, Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will present on “Transforming Veterans’ Health: Implementing a Whole Health System of Care.”

More adults and children are using yoga and meditation

Information in this press release on yoga, meditation, and chiropractic relates to new data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey.

Study identifies gene that makes gentle touch feel painful after injury

New research suggests the PIEZO2 gene may play an essential role in the nervous system’s reaction to injury and inflammation, making it a target for developing precise treatments for relieving pain caused by cuts, burns, and other skin injuries.

NIH research projects to track activities of gut-derived metabolites

This press release describes NCCIH research awards to scientists studying possible links between gut microflora and the transformation of dietary compounds into substances known as metabolites.

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.