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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)
Poppies, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Researchers have used genetic techniques to modify yeast cells so that they synthesize opioid drugs. This project may lead to the development of sustainable new commercial processes for producing these medicines. (August 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)