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

Spotlights for 2010

Doctor speaking to elderly man.
Benefits of a placebo in adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) do not depend upon deception, new study shows. (December 2010)
Echinacea © Steven Foster
Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial in which they studied the potential benefits of echinacea as a treatment for the common cold. (December 2010)
Green Tea © Steven Foster
Tai chi and green tea supplements appear to be safe for postmenopausal women with low bone mineral density, but researchers noted that only tai chi had a positive impact on quality of life. (December 2010)
A woman holds her head in pain.
National survey shows that people who suffer from pain and neurological conditions are more likely than others to use CAM. (November 2010)
A boy with an adult recieves a shot from a health professional.
CAM use is associated with lower rates of childhood vaccinations and greater likelihood of contracting a vaccine-preventable disease. (November 2010)
A man holds his neck in pain.
Evidence report suggests CAM therapies for back and neck pain offer modest benefits. (October 2010)
Turmeric © Steven Foster
Turmeric components called curcuminoids may protect bones against osteoporosis, according to a laboratory study in rats. (September 2010)
A back massage involves manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues.
Study suggests that one session of Swedish massage can affect hormone production and the immune system in healthy adults. (September 2010)
A tea set
Laboratory study suggests white tea extract may have an anti-tumor effect in lung cancer cells. (September 2010)
A woman practices Tai Chi outside.
Patients with fibromyalgia benefited more from tai chi than from standard stretching exercises in a 6-month study of 66 patients. (August 2010)