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Research spotlights of selected studies are shown below. For a full list of published NCCIH Research to-date, see PubMed.

This Research Spotlight highlights new data suggesting that in 2016 nearly 20 percent of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8 percent had high-impact chronic pain (pain that limited at least one major life activity). (September 2018)
pregnant women being examined by doctor
In a new study, behavioral lifestyle intervention programs that focused primarily on diet and physical activity limited weight gain during pregnancy in overweight or obese women. (September 2018)
woman in pain
In this NCCIH-funded study, researchers suggest the experimental setting influences how study participants assess painful stimuli; these findings may help researchers design studies to better understand the mechanisms... (August 2018)
Almost 11 million U.S. adults have “High Impact Chronic Pain.”  (August 2018)
After an injury, neurons undergo genetic changes that are initiated by DLK and lead to pain and nerve damage. Over time (left to right), certain genes become more active.
Researchers identifiy a key molecule, dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK), that controls pathways leading to chronic neuropathic pain following nerve injury. (July 2018)
brain scan
Animal research suggests pain-induced changes in the brain’s opioid receptor system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain; these changes also may play a role in the depression that... (May 2018)
NCCIH-supported researchers at Stanford University have modified yeast cells to synthesize noscapine, a potential anticancer drug. (April 2018)
 foot pain plantar fasciitis
Data analysis from a large, national survey provides insights into factors associated with plantar fasciitis and its pharmaceutical treatment. (March 2018)
Steam being released from a red pot as a hand lifts the cover
Results of new NCCIH research shows how a person perceives and evaluates stimuli involving actual or prospective pain is an important component in the autonomic nervous system’s (ANS) response to such stimuli. (March 2018)
Woman doing tai chi on grass
New research suggests practicing tai chi is a therapeutic option for people with fibromyalgia. (March 2018)