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NCCIH blogs about research developments related to complementary health practices. Check in regularly to keep up with the latest findings.

Robin Elizabeth Boineau, M.D.
September 20, 2018
Robin Boineau, M.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Robin Boineau discusses six NCCIH-administered awards to study innovative behavioral health approaches to enhance adherence to medications treating opioid use disorder (OUD).

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Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
September 01, 2016
Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this research blog post,

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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
May 10, 2016
Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa discusses NCCIH priorities for pain research and highlights promising avenues of investigation.

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Eve Reider, Ph.D.
May 04, 2016
Eve Reider, Ph.D.

NCCIH is sponsoring a special workshop at the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health, “Do Mindfulness Approaches Have the Potential to Prevent Substance Use and Abuse in Youth?”

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John S. Williamson, Ph.D.
April 22, 2016
John Williamson

In this blog post, Dr. John Williamson of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research talks about two projects that have received NCCIH funding via SBIR grants.

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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
April 18, 2016
Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.

Dr. Lanay Mudd previews a session that will be held at the ICIMH conference in May. The topic is selecting appropriate comparators in studies of meditative movement interventions such as tai chi, qi gong, and yoga.

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
October 16, 2015
Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

New RFAs represent NCCIH’s new funding mechanisms direct research attention toward investigating the mechanisms by which: 1) mind and body interventions might work, and 2) strategies to optimize these interventions.

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July 30, 2015
NCCIH Blog Team

In this video blog post, Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University explains how hypnosis can be used for medical purposes.

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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
March 24, 2015
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this blog post, NCCIH Branch Chief Dr. Wendy Weber describes the use of the R34 funding mechanism for early stages of clinical research on mind and body interventions.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
June 24, 2014
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards, director of the Division of Extramural Research, reflects on the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) meeting in Miami.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
March 17, 2014
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

The NIH community was delighted to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama on March 7 to present the annual NIH J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture, in which he discussed “The Role of Science in Human Flourishing.” Not surprisingly, the event—a conversation between the Dalai Lama and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins—drew a large and engaged audience.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
November 14, 2013
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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July 17, 2013
NCCAM Blog Team

On May 13, NCCAM had the pleasure of hosting Aniruddh (Ani) Patel, Ph.D., who delivered a lecture at NIH, “Exploring the Impact of Music on Brain Function,” as part of the Center's Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. Following the lecture, NCCAM program officer Lee Alekel, Ph.D., sat down with Dr. Patel and asked him a few questions about the neurobiology of music and the brain.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
February 05, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.

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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January 28, 2013
Gale Greendale, M.D., George Salem, Ph.D.

On January 14, Dr. George Salem, Associate Professor, Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory delivered the NCCAM Integrative Medicine Research Lecture. The focus of his talk was on the Yoga Empowers Seniors Study - a research study which aims to quantify the physical demands of yoga in seniors.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
January 16, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.

NCCAM has supported a fair number of studies on the potential health benefits of yoga. Of particular interest has been exploring the role of yoga as a strategy for alleviating symptoms such as chronic pain or stress or for promoting healthier lifestyles. There is still a lot we don’t know, but there is a growing body of clinical research evidence that now suggests that yoga can enhance quality of life, reduce psychological stress, and improve some mental health outcomes.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
December 04, 2012
Josephine Briggs, M.D

We are planning a series of blog posts to highlight some exciting work from our research portfolio. Research we support has led to more than 3,000 peer-reviewed papers; hundreds are published each year. We plan to highlight a few here, choosing examples that illustrate both the promise and the challenges of research on complementary health practices.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
July 05, 2012
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

This past month my daughter gave me a set of meditation CDs for mother’s day, and I have begun to put them to good use—but I have to admit that it has not been all that easy to quiet my brain and be in “a state of mind cultivated by paying attention on purpose, deeply, and without judgment to whatever arises in the present moment, either inside or outside of us.” Not one to give up easily, I have continued my 20 minutes of meditation practice daily but as a neuroscientist, I would really love to better understand what goes on in my brain during these sessions&he

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
June 18, 2012
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Two weeks ago was the occasion of the NIH Pain Consortium 7th Annual Symposium on Advances in Pain Research. It was a great meeting, and we heard some terrific science presented. Modern neuroscience is clearly opening up our understanding of how the brain processes painful stimuli, and is yielding insights about how emotional states (or even placebo pills) modify the processing of pain in the brain.

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