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Past Blog Posts

May 17, 2013
Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
Dr. Partap Khalsa

A woman holds her back in pain.As we know, chronic low back pain (cLBP) is an enormous public-health problem—and a frustrating one to patients, health-care providers, and researchers.

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April 29, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Dr. Briggs

Since the beginning of NCCAM, the starting point for us has been the “real-world” use of complementary health approaches. Over time, we have supported a number of surveys and other observational studies, and have learned a good deal about the choices Americans are making in complementary approaches, the reasons they cite, and the associated costs. There is more to learn, of course, but we have pretty good descriptive data about real-world practices. And we have learned that the focus of most use is on pain management.

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April 16, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Dr. Briggs

As the Nation’s medical research agency, NIH supports the full spectrum of pain research, from increasing basic understanding of pain mechanisms through translating new discoveries into prevention and treatment strategies. Pain is a major strategic focus for NCCAM in the context of complementary health approaches. About 30 percent of NCCAM’s research portfolio supports research on pain. Our intramural research program, headed by Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., focuses on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain.

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April 03, 2013
NCCAM Blog Team

Mulit-color image of whole brain for brain imaging research
Photo Credit: NIMH

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. 

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March 18, 2013
NCCAM Blog Team

Intentional use of common data elements (CDEs) can help improve data quality and promote data sharing among researchers. Furthermore, the use of CDEs facilitates opportunities for comparison and combination of data from multiple studies. The ability to harmonize data and compare studies through meta-analyses would be an important outcome of encouraging research communities to use CDEs.

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