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July 17, 2013
NCCAM Blog Team

On May 13, NCCAM had the pleasure of hosting Aniruddh (Ani) Patel, Ph.D., who delivered a lecture at NIH, “Exploring the Impact of Music on Brain Function,” as part of the Center's Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. Following the lecture, NCCAM program officer Lee Alekel, Ph.D., sat down with Dr. Patel and asked him a few questions about the neurobiology of music and the brain.

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June 18, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Dr. Briggs

Today, Liz Szabo of USA Today offers a thoughtful look into the field of complementary and alternative health. Szabo cites cautionary tales of unfounded health claims and aggressive marketing come-ons that can be common.  Yet, she makes room for another critical point—a number of complementary health practices hold a great

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May 17, 2013
Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
Dr. Partap Khalsa

A woman holds her back in pain.As we know, chronic low back pain (cLBP) is an enormous public-health problem—and a frustrating one to patients, health-care providers, and researchers.

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April 29, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Dr. Briggs

Since the beginning of NCCAM, the starting point for us has been the “real-world” use of complementary health approaches. Over time, we have supported a number of surveys and other observational studies, and have learned a good deal about the choices Americans are making in complementary approaches, the reasons they cite, and the associated costs. There is more to learn, of course, but we have pretty good descriptive data about real-world practices. And we have learned that the focus of most use is on pain management.

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April 16, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Dr. Briggs

As the Nation’s medical research agency, NIH supports the full spectrum of pain research, from increasing basic understanding of pain mechanisms through translating new discoveries into prevention and treatment strategies. Pain is a major strategic focus for NCCAM in the context of complementary health approaches. About 30 percent of NCCAM’s research portfolio supports research on pain. Our intramural research program, headed by Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., focuses on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain.

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