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2004 Press Releases

Acupuncture Relieves Pain and Improves Function in Knee Osteoarthritis
12/20/04

Acupuncture provides pain relief and improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee and serves as an effective complement to standard care.

Can Chelation Therapy Help Prevent Heart Attacks? National Study Underway; Local Site Near You
12/01/04

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is conducting a nationwide study on the safety and effectiveness of chelation therapy, an investigational treatment for people with heart disease.

Leading Researcher in Herb-Drug Interactions To Speak at NCCAM's Distinguished Lecture Series
10/19/04

NCCAM will host its Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Steven Kliewer, Ph.D., of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, on “Reverse Herbology: Predicting and Preventing Adverse Herb-Drug Interactions.”

New Centers Expand and Strengthen NCCAM's Research Centers Program
10/13/04

NCCAM announces six major awards to expand the scope and impact of its research centers portfolio. These new research centers continue NCCAM’s commitment to enhance CAM research capacity by funding centers at institutions across the country.

Six New Members Welcomed to National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
06/04/04

NCCAM’s National Advisory Council (NACCAM) welcomed six new members today. Appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, each new council member will serve a 4-year term, replacing members who have completed their service.

More Than One-Third of U.S. Adults Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine, According to New Government Survey
05/27/04

According to a new nationwide government survey, 36 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 years and over use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

New Government Survey Provides Most Comprehensive Look Ever on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States
05/21/04

NCCAM and the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a telephone briefing to discuss the findings of a new nationwide survey that reveals the extensive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the United States.

NCCAM To Host Strategic Planning Stakeholder Forum in Seattle
04/05/04

NCCAM will host a Strategic Planning Stakeholder Forum seeking public input for its second 5-year strategic plan. The Center is interested in hearing from a variety of stakeholders about their views of the opportunities, challenges, and areas of emphasis in research concerning complementary and alternative medicine.

Chronic Stress Researcher To Speak at NCCAM's Distinguished Lecture Series
03/24/04

Bruce McEwen, Ph.D., of The Rockefeller University, will present “From Molecules to Mind: Stress, Individual Differences, and the Social Environment” on Wednesday, March 31, 2004, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

NCCAM To Host Strategic Planning Stakeholder Forum at NIH
03/08/04

NCCAM will host the first of two Strategic Planning Stakeholder Forums seeking public input for its second 5-year strategic plan. The Center is interested in hearing from a variety of stakeholders about their views of the opportunities, challenges, and areas of emphasis in research concerning complementary and alternative medicine.

FDA Issues Regulation Prohibiting Sale of Dietary Supplements Containing Ephedrine Alkaloids  (U.S. FDA)
02/06/04

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a final rule prohibiting the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids (ephedra) because such supplements present an unreasonable risk of illness or injury. The rule will become effective 60 days from the date of publication.

Celebrating 5 Years, NCCAM Invites Input for Strategic Planning
01/30/04

NCCAM celebrates its 5th anniversary by launching its second strategic planning effort. The year-long effort invites input from the public, researchers, health care professionals, NCCAM staff, and others with an interest in research on CAM.

2004