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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 2011

A woman practices yoga.
Yoga may improve post-treatment fatigue in breast cancer survivors. (December 2011)
Soy © Steven Foster
Soy protein supplements containing isoflavones do not significantly reduce the progression of atherosclerosis (build-up of plaque in the arteries) in postmenopausal women, according to a recent study published in the (November 2011)
Yoga instructor demonstrates a warrior pose.
Yoga and stretching work equally well for low-back pain, and both work better than a self-care book. (October 2011)
Man reading label on a pill bottle
Study indicates that vitamin E supplements increase the incidence of prostate cancer in healthy men. (October 2011)
Saw Palmetto
Higher doses of saw palmetto extract are no more effective than placebo at relieving urinary symptoms. (September 2011)
A woman meditates in an open field of flowers.
Practicing mindfulness meditation over an 8-week period reduces the severity of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms in women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Mi (September 2011)
A close up of an acupuncture model with a docotor in the background.
Actual and simulated acupuncture produces similar results for polycystic ovary syndrome. (August 2011)
A research mentor (Lori Eidson) and student (Nina Waldron, on the microscope).
Study suggests that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil reduce inflammation and anxiety in healthy young adults. (July 2011)
A young woman about to use an inhaler. © Stockbyte
Study Examines the Placebo Response in Patients With Asthma (July 2011)
A woman holding her lower back.
Comparison of structural and relaxation massage shows that both reduce low-back pain and improve function compared with usual medical care. (July 2011)