NCCIH Featured Content

06/13/2018 09:42 AM
Next Steps for Research on Probiotics and Microbial-Host Keystone Organisms

In this blog post Drs. Linda Duffy and D. Craig Hopp, of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discuss probiotics and the micobiome as the subjects of an upcoming symposium at the 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health.

06/13/2018 09:42 AM
ICIMH Roundtable To Explore Research on Creative Art Therapies

In this blog post, NCCIH’s Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses expressive arts therapies and highlights NCCIH’s breakfast roundtable discussion of these at the ICIMH meeting on Thursday, May 10.

06/12/2018 10:33 AM
NIH launches HerbList, a mobile app on herbal products

[em]App offers easy access to scientifically backed information on herbs and herbal products[/em]

To help consumers navigate information about popular herbs and herbal supplements, the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has launched HerbList™ – an app for research-based information about the safety and effectiveness of herbal products.

06/06/2018 11:41 AM
NIH Collaboratory Workshop Discusses Strategies for Future Pragmatic Clinical Trials

In this blog post, Dr. Catherine Meyers discusses a recent workshop on embedded pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs) of therapeutic A vs. B interventions and how they may help bridge the gap between evidence, practice, and policy.

06/01/2018 12:55 PM
NCCIH Welcomes Three New Members to Advisory Council

The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) welcomes three new members—with expertise in acupuncture, natural products, and mind and body approaches—to its National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH). The council serves as the principal advisory body to NCCIH, the lead federal agency for research on complementary and integrative health.

06/01/2018 08:26 AM
Job Opening at NCCIH for a Behavioral Science Researcher

In this blog post, Dr. Wendy Weber, of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, welcomes researchers to apply for a career in health science administration.

05/31/2018 01:32 PM
Targeting and Developing Your Clinical Research Proposal

Apply for an NCCIH grant for research involving human participants? If you’re attending the ICIMH meeting, plan to attend this Pre-Congress Workshop: “Honing Your Clinical Research Proposal for NIH and NCCIH Funding Opportunities” (on Tuesday, May 8, at 2 p.m.).

05/31/2018 01:11 PM
Symposium To Explore Science of Music, the Brain, and Health

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of the Division of Extramural Research at NCCIH, discusses a new partnership between our Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to research the impact of music on health.

05/30/2018 02:21 PM
Pain-Induced Changes in the Brain’s Opioid System May Explain the Limited Effectiveness of Opioid Therapy in Chronic Pain
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Animal research suggests pain-induced changes in the brain’s opioid receptor system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain; these changes also may play a role in the depression that often accompanies chronic pain.

05/30/2018 02:16 PM
June 4th Lecture to Explore Pain Treatment in Military and Veteran Populations

On Monday, June 4, at 11 a.m., Mary Jo Larson, Ph.D., M.P.A.will discuss “Caring for Our Military: Considering Nondrug Therapies for Pain.” Part of  NCCIH’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series, her talk will take place on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and will be streamed live and archived for later viewing at 

05/29/2018 11:13 AM
New Insights on Pain and Opioid Use in People With Sickle Cell Disease After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
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NIH-funded study offers new information on pain in sickle cell disease, the use of opioids for this pain, and psychological and quality-of-life challenges faced by people with this disease.

05/29/2018 11:12 AM
How People Appraise a Heat Stimulus Affects How Their Autonomic Nervous Systems Respond To It, Study Finds
Steam being released from a red pot as a hand lifts the cover

Results of new NCCIH research shows how a person perceives and evaluates stimuli involving actual or prospective pain is an important component in the autonomic nervous system’s (ANS) response to such stimuli.

05/24/2018 04:44 PM
NIH study explains why opioid therapy may not always work well for chronic pain
brain scan

Researchers have shown that pain-induced changes in the rat brain’s opioid receptor system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain and may play a role in the depression that often accompanies it. These findings clearly show the impact of chronic pain on the brain and its relation to depression.

05/22/2018 08:08 AM
Shoreside Enterprises Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of 7K and Poseidon 4500 (Extreme 1000 Mg) Due to Presence of Undeclared Sildenafil and Tadalafil

Shoreside Enterprises, Inc. recalls 7K (Lot specific: Lot #RO) and Poseidon 4500 (Extreme 1000 mg) (Lot specific: Lot #20117BL) to the consumer level. due to undeclared Sildenafil and/or Tadalafil.

05/22/2018 08:07 AM
Badger Botanicals Recalls Red Suma, Green Suma, Green Hulu 2, And Red Hulu 2 Kratom Supplements Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Badger Botanicals recalls 250-g pouches of Green Suma, Red Suma, Green Hulu 2, and Red Hulu 2 kratom dietary supplements sold directly to consumers via the company website from January 1st, 2018 to April l 12th, 2018 due to potential Salmonella contamination.

05/08/2018 10:01 AM
Neural Mechanisms of Manual Therapies for Chronic Pain

In this blog post, Dr. Merav Sabri, of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discusses the scientific basis for manual therapies and their use in treating chronic pain conditions, and also addresses an NCCIH-sponsored symposium about this at ICIMH on May 11, 2018.

05/04/2018 03:42 PM
Looking Back, Looking Forward: NCCIH at 20

In this blog post, NCCIH Outreach Program Manager Anita McRae-Williams discusses some milestones in NCCIH history, and calls attention to an upcoming retrospective session at the upcoming International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health.

05/04/2018 03:41 PM
Unpacking the New NIH Policies for Research with Human Participants

Scientific disciplines can differ on what elements of a study are necessary to meet the definition of a “clinical trial.” Some investigators conducting human subjects research may not know that NIH considers their study to be a clinical trial - - a term defined broadly by NIH as “a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biom

04/26/2018 04:41 PM
Symposium To Explore "Sixth Sense," Meditation, and Pain

Have you ever thought about what our “sixth sense” is? Can we feel it and regulate it? Does it impact our health?