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

Linda Duffy
December 17, 2013
Linda Duffy, Ph.D., M.P.H.

On September 9, NCCAM was pleased to host Patricia Hibberd, M.D., Ph.D., who delivered a lecture at NIH on “Probiotics, the Microbiome, and Host Immune Response: Insights for Novel Therapeutic Approaches.” Dr. Hibberd is professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, as well as professor of global health at Harvard School of Public Health.

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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.
October 18, 2013
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

After 16 days of being shut down because of a lapse in appropriations, the NIH is back and open for business. We are operating under a continuing resolution through January 15, 2014, and will begin to reestablish dates for grant and contract submissions, determine how to handle missed grant application review meetings, and reschedule dates for training and other activities that were cancelled.  I encourage you to keep abreast of updates by reading Dr.

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Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
August 30, 2013
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.

Two winters ago, I was skiing at a local ski area and became intrigued by an activity I saw there. Two groups—Wounded Warrior Project and Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation—were on the mountain that day. They sponsor programs to help wounded service members find ways, through adaptive sports, to ease back into active lives.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
August 20, 2013
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Today’s Journal of the American Medical Association includes a Viewpoint from my deputy director, Jack Killen, and myself. In this essay, we call for a fresh, more nuanced and balanced conversation about research into complementary and alternative practices.

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Catherine Bushnell
August 14, 2013
M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D.

Summer 2013 marks the first anniversary of Dr. Catherine Bushnell’s appointment as Scientific Director of NCCAM’s Division of Intramural Research. You can find out more about Dr. Bushnell and the Division here. The blog team asked Dr. Bushnell for a few reflections on her first year at NCCAM.

The first year of the new NCCAM intramural pain research program has been a great success.

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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.
July 23, 2013
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

I’m very pleased to tell you that David Shurtleff, Ph.D., has joined the NCCAM staff as Deputy Director. In this capacity, he will partner with me in directing the Center’s scientific, programmatic, and administrative endeavors. During Dr. Shurtleff’s initial period of tenure, he will share the Deputy Director position with Jack Killen, M.D.

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