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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 2012

Woman holding stomach in pain.
Results of a study supported in part by NCCAM suggest that a brief group therapy intervention—including education, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and basic relaxation techniques—may ease symptoms and improve quality of (December 2012)
A young woman meditates next to a pool. © Goodshoot
Results of an NCCAM-funded study suggest that 8 weeks of meditation may have an effect on brain function that persists even when someone is not meditating. (November 2012)
Small white pills spill from a brwon tube.
Researchers have identified a potential genetic marker of placebo response, according to a new NCCAM-funded study published in the journal PLoS. (October 2012)
An older african american woman.
Hypnosis may be effective for menopause-related hot flashes (October 2012)
The Temporomandibular Joint, Open
Traditional Chinese medicine may provide short-term pain relief for temporomandibular disorders (TMD), according to a new study. (October 2012)
Woman lying on bed looking at clock
Melatonin supplements may help improve sleep in people with high blood pressure (hypertension) who take beta-blockers, according to a recent randomized controlled study. (October 2012)
Practitioner applies acupuncture needles to a patient's shoulder. © BananaStock
Acupuncture may help with chronic pain. (September 2012)
Illustration of a head with a bright light bursting from the forehead.
Placebo and nocebo responses may occur without conscious awareness of the triggering cues. (September 2012)
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In a recent study, higher-than-usual doses of silymarin did not provide greater benefit than placebo for the treatment of hepatitis in patients with chronic hepatitis C who previously failed to respond to standard... (July 2012)
People in a meditative pose during a class on mats. © Jupiter Images
According to a recent study, exercising or practicing meditation may be effective in reducing acute respiratory infections. (July 2012)