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March 11, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Josephine Briggs, M.D.

Dietary supplements such as herbs and botanicals are popular complementary health approaches. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine, led by Regan Bailey, Ph.D., R.D., and her colleagues at the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to figure out why.

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February 28, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Josephine Briggs, M.D.

In my talks to the scientific community, I often stress the importance of basic and translational research in creating a foundation for definitive clinical investigation. Developing insight into physiological effects and mechanism of action is critical to the scientific evidence base that guides clinical practice and public use, and it has the significant potential to inform other fields of biomedical research. I am pleased that NCCAM is supporting such important research.

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February 13, 2013
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

In addition to funding research at academic institutions, the National Institutes of Health supports research by small businesses throughout the United States. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program are two programs established by Congress to support small businesses and commercialization of federally funded research.

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February 08, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Dr. Briggs

Two years ago, in February 2011, we released NCCAM’s Third Strategic Plan. The plan articulated our Center’s goals and objectives and presented a structure for determining priorities for future research. As we greet this anniversary, I’m pleased to report that we are successfully putting the plan into action.

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February 05, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
NCCAM Director Dr. Josephine Briggs

The U.S. population is a rapidly aging one. In the coming years, many, if not most of us, will face changes and challenges—in our family members, friends, and/or ourselves—related to health problems that occur with aging. These include dementia, which, although not a normal part of aging, is common in very elderly people. One problem that is sometimes overlooked in considering the burdens of dementia is its effects on the health of family members who assume the burdens of care. We are proud to be supporting several studies of interventions that aim to help caregivers.

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