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

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
January 05, 2016
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs calls attention to some of the eminent research performed by NCCIH grantees in 2015.

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John S. Williamson, Ph.D.
December 21, 2015
John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. John S. Williamson congratulates NCCIH grantee Dr. Christina Smolke and her colleagues for engineering a yeast strain capable of synthesizing opioids.

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John S. Williamson, Ph.D.
September 02, 2015
John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

In this blog post. Dr. John Williamson describes intriguing cutting-edge research on the development of anti-HIV drugs from natural products.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
August 11, 2015
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses new research findings that 11.2 percent of Americans experience chronic pain and 17.6 percent suffer from severe pain. NCCIH is leading efforts to find nondrug approaches for treating pain and related conditions.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
July 22, 2015
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses the difference between correlation and causation, as illustrated by a recent study on chamomile, in this blog post.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
May 12, 2014
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

NCCAM Director Dr. Josephine Briggs comments on unexpected results of clinical studies, including results from the NIH-sponsored Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), in this blog post.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
December 09, 2013
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, authored by six researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), prompts some thoughts about studies with negative outcomes—and their importance in the entire research process.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
November 21, 2013
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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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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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
February 28, 2013
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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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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