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2009 Press Releases

Research Symposium Will Explore the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
11/18/09

NCCAM will celebrate a decade of rigorous research with NCCAM’s 10th Anniversary Research Symposium: Exploring the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Speakers will discuss topics including natural products, mind-body medicine, and the intersection of behavioral science and integrative medicine.

Americans Spent $33.9 Billion Out-of-Pocket on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
07/30/09

CAM accounts for approximately 1.5 percent of total health care expenditures and 11.2 percent of total out-of-pocket expenditures on health care in the United States.

Comprehensive New Data on Costs of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
07/22/09

Data from a nationwide government survey on the costs of CAM will be released during a telebriefing and online presentation.

NCCAM Advisory Council Welcomes Two New Members
06/05/09

Members of the Council contribute their expertise over 4-year terms and meet three times per year to offer advice and recommendations on prioritization, conduct, and support of CAM research.

Acupuncture-Like Treatments Improve Outcomes Compared to Usual Care for Low Back Pain
05/11/09

People suffering from chronic low back pain who received acupuncture or simulated acupuncture treatments fared better than those receiving only conventional care according to a recent study.

News Advisory: Noted Author, Surgeon To Address "Chinese Medicine, Western Science and Acupuncture" at NCCAM's Inaugural Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture
03/02/09

Dr. Nuland will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture.

Dr. Dale Birkle Dreer Named Chief of NCCAM's Office of Scientific Review
02/17/09

Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D., was recently appointed chief of the OSR at the NCCAM.

2009