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NCCIH Research Blog

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

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

There is a great deal of interest in the use of mindfulness approaches for the prevention and treatment of psychological and physical health conditions in youth. In recent years, mindfulness approaches are being used with youth in different settings, such as schools and families. For example, mindfulness approaches have been implemented in schools with the goal of improving cognitive performance and resilience to stress in youth and and reducing stress and improving performance in teachers. Another approach has been the use of mindfulness interventions with parents, with the goal of improving their parenting skills and having a positive impact on child outcomes.

However, very little is known about the efficacy of these approaches. Efforts over the last several years have focused primarily on examining whether these interventions can have an impact in preventing different types of difficulties in children and youth at different ages; examples include mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, substance use and abuse, and physical health problems, like obesity.

At the upcoming 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health (ICIMH), the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is sponsoring a symposium on May 18, “Do Mindfulness Approaches Have the Potential to Prevent Substance Use and Abuse in Youth?” This session will examine initial research efforts to determine whether mindfulness approaches in youth populations can prevent initial substance use and abuse. We will highlight examples of prevention approaches implemented in pilot and efficacy randomized controlled clinical studies in school- and family-based settings. The studies we will review include:

  1. A school-based mindfulness and yoga intervention to prevent substance use among fifth and sixth grade disadvantaged, urban children
  2. A mindfulness-enhanced version of the efficacious and effective Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth ages 10–14
  3. A school-based adapted vigorous yoga intervention to prevent substance use in high-risk adolescents.

Our discussion will focus on lessons learned from these studies and next steps and priorities for this area of research. We hope this session is of interest, and that you can join us at the ICIMH meeting. We look forward to having a robust dialogue on this important topic!

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
April 28, 2016
Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Wen Chen discusses the need for mechanistic research in clinical studies.

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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
April 25, 2016
Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this blog post, Dr. Wendy Weber talks about an upcoming session at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH) that deals with what NCCIH is looking for in clinical research applications.

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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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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
April 15, 2016
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards previews the sessions that NCCIH will offer at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in May 2016.

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