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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 © Steven Foster
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)