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

A man holds his back in pain
More evidence that mind- and body practices help people with chronic low-back pain. (March 2016)
Woman meditating
Previous research has shown that mindfulness meditation helps relieve pain, but researchers have been unclear about how the practice induces pain relief—specifically, if meditation is associated with the release of na (March 2016)
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A newly developed two-question coding scheme may eventually prove to be a useful tool to help physicians quickly assess pain severity in clinical settings. (March 2016)
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. © Pixland/ Jupiterimages/ Thinkstock
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)
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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)
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New research sheds light on how silymarin, an extract from the herb milk thistle, might protect cells. (July 2015)