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Research Results by Date

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

Spotlights for 2011

A woman practices yoga.
Yoga may improve post-treatment fatigue in breast cancer survivors. (December 2011)
Soy plant
Soy protein supplements containing isoflavones do not significantly reduce the progression of atherosclerosis (build-up of plaque in the arteries) in postmenopausal women, according to a recent study published in the (November 2011)
Yoga instructor demonstrates a warrior pose.
Yoga and stretching work equally well for low-back pain, and both work better than a self-care book. (October 2011)
Man reading label on a pill bottle
Study indicates that vitamin E supplements increase the incidence of prostate cancer in healthy men. (October 2011)
Saw Palmetto
Higher doses of saw palmetto extract no more effective than placebo at relieving urinary symptoms. (September 2011)
A woman meditates in an open field of flowers.
Practicing mindfulness meditation over an 8-week period reduces the severity of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms in women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Mi (September 2011)
A close up of an acupuncture model with a docotor in the background.
Actual and simulated acupuncture produces similar results for polycystic ovary syndrome. (August 2011)
A research mentor (Lori Eidson) and student (Nina Waldron, on the microscope).
Study suggests that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil reduce inflammation and anxiety in healthy young adults. (July 2011)
A young woman about to use an inhaler.
Study Examines the Placebo Response in Patients With Asthma (July 2011)
A woman holding her lower back.
Comparison of structural and relaxation massage shows that both reduce low-back pain and improve function compared with usual medical care. (July 2011)
Open pill bottle, pills spilling out.
Three papers address what the research says about the placebo effect in addition to its future role in health care. (June 2011)
Fish Oil Pills
Ancestry may affect how omega-6 fatty acids are processed and used by the body. (May 2011)
A doctor talks to a patient.
People who use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to promote health differ in health status, behaviors, and health care use from those who use CAM to treat an illness. (May 2011)
Fish Oil Pills
A diet high in monounsaturated fatty acids may be associated with less cognitive decline in older women. (May 2011)
Woman in a Tai Chi pose.
Study suggests that practicing tai chi may improve quality of life, mood, and confidence in the ability to exercise in people with chronic heart failure. (April 2011)
Doctor speaking to elderly woman.
Cancer survivors are more likely than members of the general population to turn to complementary and alternative medicine. (March 2011)
Peanuts
Sublingual (under the tongue) immunotherapy may help children with peanut allergy. (March 2011)
Older man reading the label on a pill bottle.
This research was the first to explore the possibility ginkgo’s antihypertensive effects in a large, long-term, placebo-controlled clinical trial. (March 2011)
A mature adult Caucasian female checking her blood sugar.
Chromium supplement does not affect factors associated with the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. (February 2011)
Image of a brain scan.
Mindfulness meditation may increase gray matter in the hippocampus and other brain regions associated with learning, memory, and emotion. (January 2011)
Cranberry
Compared with placebo, cranberry juice cocktail is no better at preventing recurrent urinary tract infections in college-aged women (January 2011)