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November 21, 2013
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Earlier this week, a new secondary analysis of results of the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) was published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes and presented at the American Heart Association meeting. The analysis suggests that the EDTA-based chelation treatments produced a marked reduction in cardiovascular events and death in participants with diabetes. Furthermore, the results suggest that treatments had no benefit in those who did not have diabetes.

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November 14, 2013
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Chronic low-back pain is one of the most common and costly health complaints. It can be debilitating, and it remains a tough condition to diagnose, treat, and study. Spinal manipulative therapy is often used to treat a large portion of low-back pain in the United States, and is included in current clinical practice guidelines for treatment of this condition. Yet, recommendations for duration and frequency vary widely and there is no consensus on its efficacy.

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October 18, 2013
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

After 16 days of being shut down because of a lapse in appropriations, the NIH is back and open for business. We are operating under a continuing resolution through January 15, 2014, and will begin to reestablish dates for grant and contract submissions, determine how to handle missed grant application review meetings, and reschedule dates for training and other activities that were cancelled.  I encourage you to keep abreast of updates by reading Dr.

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August 30, 2013
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.

Two winters ago, I was skiing at a local ski area and became intrigued by an activity I saw there. Two groups—Wounded Warrior Project and Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation—were on the mountain that day. They sponsor programs to help wounded service members find ways, through adaptive sports, to ease back into active lives.

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August 20, 2013
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Transcript

Today’s Journal of the American Medical Association includes a Viewpoint from my deputy director, Jack Killen, and myself. In this essay, we call for a fresh, more nuanced and balanced conversation about research into complementary and alternative practices.

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