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NCCAM Research Blog

NCCAM blogs about research developments related to complementary health practices. Check in regularly to keep up with the latest findings.

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
November 20, 2014
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

The most recent issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs features a series of articles on the role of integrative oncology in cancer survivorship. I was pleased to have been invited to write a perspectives piece for this issue on building the evidence base for integrative approaches to the care of cancer survivors.

Integrative oncology is a relatively new movement, and the research is in early stages. But due in part to patient demand for a more “holistic” approach to care as well as the desire of physicians to develop a style of practice that will facilitate changed relationships with patients, with more emphasis on healing and less on technical advice, the movement, along with the evidence base, is growing.

We at NCCAM continue to focus resources on building a rigorous evidence base, conducting research on complementary and integrative health approaches for symptom management, particularly pain management, but also fatigue, loss of sleep, and loss of appetite. These approaches should continue to be tested for potential benefits, risks, and continued improvement, to provide a solid scientific basis for guiding patient decisions and provider recommendations.

November 19, 2014
NCCAM Blog Team
We believe strongly that we have an obligation to share clinical trial information widely and in a way that both protects participant privacy and accelerates scientific discovery. Thus we are taking important steps to advance the sharing of clinical trial results. - See more at: http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2014/11/19/clinical-trials/#sthash.Di83wXPm….

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November 14, 2014
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCAM Deputy Director Dr. David Shurtleff explains changes in NCCAM’s oversight process for clinical trials.

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October 15, 2014
Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Portrait of Alberto Rivera-Rentas

Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas announces a grant opportunity, funded by NCCAM and nine other NIH agencies, for developing training courses to enhance researchers’ ability to generate reproducible, validated data.

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October 01, 2014
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

Are you applying for an NIH grant? Make sure you have read and followed all the instructions in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA). Some applicants haven’t been following instructions, and this has caused problems with their grant applications.

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September 25, 2014
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Kristen Huntley describes a new research initiative on nondrug approaches to pain and related conditions in U.S. military personnel and veterans.

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