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