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Selected Research Results by Date

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

Spotlights for 2015

Icons of wellness: meditation, pills, spinal manipulation
People who take natural products or practice yoga are more likely to do so for wellness reasons, while people use spinal manipulation to treat a specific health condition. (November 2015)
Woman sneezing
Results of recent NCCIH-supported research suggest that people who self-rated their health below “excellent” were more likely to develop a cold than those who self-rated their health as “excellent.” (November 2015)
A woman reaches behind her over her sholders to touch her back.
Who has fibromyalgia? How does this health problem affect their lives? A new analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey sheds light on these questions. (September 2015)
Woman examining a pill bottle.
Americans pay nearly $15 billion out-of-pocket on complementary approaches for pain, a new analysis shows. (August 2015)
Yeast culture plate
Researchers from Stanford University, with funding from NCCIH, have created an innovative way to produce opioid drugs from sugar using genetically modified yeast. The research is described in a recent issue of the... (August 2015)
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New survey results clarify the impact of pain on the U.S. adult population. (August 2015)
Milk Thistle
New research sheds light on how silymarin, an extract from the herb milk thistle, might protect cells. (July 2015)
A man and woman look at the label of a pill bottle.
Lack of knowledge is a reason why people don’t use common complementary health approaches such as acupuncture, chiropractic, natural products, and yoga. (June 2015)
Patient holding back in pain.
NCCIH-supported research develops clinical decision rule to identify people most likely to progress from acute to chronic low-back pain (March 2015)
A woman practices a meditative yoga pose.
A new report from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey shows some changes since 2007 in American adults’ patterns of use of complementary health approaches. (February 2015)
A mother and son talk to a doctor.
New statistics show that children’s use of some complementary health approaches, including fish oil, yoga, and melatonin, has increased. (February 2015)
A 3d graphic representation of a brain.
A study from Brown University, partly funded by NCCIH, looks at how the brain filters out distractions. (February 2015)
People participating in a yoga class.
Preference for once or twice-weekly sessions has little influence on yoga’s effect on back pain, function. (January 2015)
A chiropractor works on a patient.
An analysis of Medicare claims data from older Americans who sought care for neck pain from chiropractors suggests that cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke. (January 2015)