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

John S. Williamson, Ph.D.
October 16, 2015
John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

A recent NEJM study points to safety issues with dietary supplements.

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Craig Hopp
September 12, 2014
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCAM Program Director Dr. Craig Hopp announces an informational webinar for applicants for the Center of Excellence for Natural Product Drug Interaction Research.

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March 12, 2014
NCCAM Blog Team

This week, NCCAM was delighted to host Bill J. Gurley, Ph.D., who delivered a lecture at NIH, “Clinically Relevant Herb-Drug Interactions: Past, Present, and Future,” as part of the Center’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. Dr. Gurley is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy and the director of the UAMS Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Laboratory.

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Craig Hopp
August 09, 2013
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

At NCCAM, one of the interesting things we are doing with respect to natural products is moving ahead on a plan for systematic evaluation of the ways in which they interact with prescription medications.

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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 27, 2012
Josephine Briggs, M.D.

This week, one of the most e-mailed articles on The New York Times Web site was its Well blog, which discussed how grapefruit is responsible for many drug reactions. We’re learning that the chemical constituents within grapefruit affect the bioavailability of many drugs, including some cholesterol, high blood pressure, and anti-cancer drugs—as well as some opiates, birth control pills, and many other medications.

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