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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 2017

Study build on earlier NCCIH-funded research on the Piezo2 protein and Piezo2 gene (the gene guides the production of different forms of the protein, which may play roles in distinguishing sensations). (December 2017)
Tai Chi
Tai chi may help older people who have problems with walking (and falling). (October 2017)
Baby Crying
Recent research, funded in part by NCCIH, suggests that the probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 may be safe for use in infants with colic. (September 2017)
Illustration showing a class of sensory neurons in a human body being activated by pulling of a single hair
A new study in mice, conducted at the National Institutes of Health, has identified nerve cells that may play a role in pain and touch. (August 2017)
Woman in mediation pose
Results of a new NCCIH-supported study suggest group sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are cost-effective for chronic low-back pain. (July 2017)
illustration of a creatine molecule
Findings from the CREST-E clinical trial show that creatine doesn’t slow the progression of early Huntington’s disease. (July 2017)
Three women practicing yoga
NCCIH-funded study shows yoga and physical therapy offer similar pain-relief and functional benefits to people with low socioeconomic status with chronic low-back pain. (June 2017)
Cup of coffee
Researchers find that even the small amounts of caffeine that remain in the body hours after drinking a cup of coffee could potentially reduce acupuncture’s effect on pain. The study was supported by the National Center... (June 2017)
Man Sleeping
A new study, supported in part by NCCIH, counters some long-held beliefs on sleep, dreaming, and other consciousness states. (April 2017)
Left hand holds right hand's wrist, indicating pain.
Research describes how acupuncture may relieve pain in people with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) while also showing acupuncture’s effects in the brain’s pain centers. (March 2017)
pain target symbol
NCCIH-supported researchers created a functional MRI-based (fMRI) model that provides new ways of understanding and evaluating the neurobiological components of pain. (February 2017)
A couple smiling at each other
Married couples may be healthier than their single counterparts due to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. (January 2017)