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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 2014

Color enhanced scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the bacteria Lactobacillus
Bacteria within the human body may be a rich source of therapeutic antibiotics, according to a new research study partly funded by NCCAM. (September 2014)
A woman receives seated massage.
An NCCAM-funded study found that multiple 60-minute massages per week were more effective than fewer or shorter sessions for people with chronic neck pain. 30-minute massage sessions weren’t helpful. (June 2014)
A young African-American woman meditates next to a pool.
A recent pilot study suggests that middle school-aged students who meditated during a 6-week, classroom-based mindfulness meditation program were significantly less likely than non-meditators to develop suicidal... (April 2014)
Collage of various herbs
The results of exciting new research conducted at an NIH-funded Botanical Research Center are featured in a special issue of a major nutrition journal. (February 2014)
People in a meditative pose during a class on mats.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a type of meditation, shows some promise as a complementary approach to improve quality of life (QOL) and decrease perceived stress in people with ulcerative colitis. (February 2014)

2014