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NCCIH's SBIR/STTR Programs: Funding Small Business Research and Development
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, also known as America ’s Seed Fund, are one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - February 20, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Merav Sabri, Ph.D. Source Type: news

Job Opportunity: NCCIH Scientific Review Officer
Have you considered an administrative scientific career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)? (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 26, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Martina Schmidt, Ph.D. Source Type: news

FTC, FDA Warn Companies about Marketing and Selling Opioid Cessation Products
The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today posted  warning letters to 11 marketers and distributors of opioid cessation products for illegally marketing products with unproven claims about their ability to help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 26, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Investigating the Safety of the Probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri in Infants With Colic
Recent research, funded in part by NCCIH, suggests that the probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 may be safe for use in infants with colic. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 23, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Dietary Supplements Marketed for Weight Loss, Bodybuilding, and Sexual Enhancement
Your patients may ask you about dietary supplements for losing weight, bodybuilding, or sexual enhancement. Although patients may be tempted by the “quick fix” claims of these products, which are available in supermarkets, pharmacies, health food stores, and on the Internet, most of these products haven’t been proven safe or effective. Safety concerns about natural products include the possibility of drug interactions, direct toxicities, and contamination of supplements with active pharmaceutical agents. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 20, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Updates on NCCIH Clinical Trials Among Talks To Be Streamed at Feb. 9 Advisory Council Meeting
On Friday, February 9, the  National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH) will hold its second meeting of Fiscal Year 2018. NCCIH grantees, potential applicants, and others may find it useful to hear updates on the Center’s activities, policies, and funding priorities. We will provide a livestream of the meeting’s open session via NIH Videocast from 10:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. ET. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 19, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D. Source Type: news

Funding Opportunity for Research on Biological Signatures of Gut-Derived Metabolites
Did our parents have the right idea when they told us to eat more fruits and vegetables? Maybe so! Evidence has begun to build that the foods we eat (including the natural compounds in fruits and veggies), the flora in our digestive systems, and our basic biological functions all intersect to influence our overall health. Recently, NCCIH released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA),Biological Signatures of Diet-Derived Microbial Metabolites, for projects to study several aspects of this  question. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - January 10, 2018 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D. Source Type: news

FDA Proposes New Policy to Target Certain Homeopathic Drugs
On December 18, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new proposed policy targeting unapproved drug products labeled as homeopathic that have the greatest potential to cause risk to patients. According to the FDA ’s Web site, the new approach aims to protect consumers who choose to use homeopathic products, by updating the FDA’s existing policy to better address situations where homeopathic treatments are being marketed for serious diseases and/or conditions but where the products have not been shown to offer clinical benefits. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

6 Things To Know About Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific seasons (appearing in the winter or summer months) for at least 2 years. Symptoms of the winter pattern of SAD include having low energy, hypersomnia, overeating, weight gain, craving for carbohydrates, social withdrawal (feel like “hibernating”). (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starts in the late fall and early winter and goes away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD. To be diagnosed with SAD, people must meet full criteria for major depression coinciding with specific seasons for at least 2 years. Some of the symptoms of the winter pattern of SAD include having low energy, overeating, craving carbohydrates, and social withdrawal. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

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Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 14, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

FTC Sending Refund Checks Totaling More Than $8 Million to Consumers Who Bought Deceptively Marketed Weight-loss Supplements
FTC mails refund checks to people who bought weight-loss supplements that were deceptively marketed using illegal spam email, baseless weight-loss claims, and fake celebrity endorsements. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Supplement Sellers Settle FTC, State of Maine False Advertising Charges
Health Research Laboratories settle FTC and Maine charges company deceived consumers about products. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 12, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Hello From NCCIH's New Leadership Team
Hello from NCCIH’s new leadership team! In this message,Acting Director David Shurtleff andActing Deputy Director Wendy Weber introduce themselves and highlight NCCIH’s research interests and resources. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 7, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Research Blog Team Source Type: news

Study Identifies a Novel Mechanism by Which Cells May Detect a Variety of Sensations
Study build on earlier NCCIH-funded research on the Piezo2 protein and Piezo2 gene (the gene guides the production of different forms of the protein, which may play roles in distinguishing sensations). (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - December 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Grant Funding Available for Behavioral Interventions for Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder and as an Adjunct to Medication-Assisted Treatment
More than 90 Americans die every day after  overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl—is a public health epidemic in the U.S. Combatting the opioid crisis requires sustained efforts from researchers, health professionals, and community members to impleme nt evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies and to evaluate the effectiveness of new approaches. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 30, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Robin Boineau, M.D. Source Type: news

Complementary Health Approaches  for Travelers
Do any complementary health approaches help for travel-related health issues? Find out here. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 29, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Internet Marketers of Dietary Supplement and Skincare Products Banned from Deceptive Advertising and Billing Practices
A network of online marketers and the three people behind it have settled FTC charges that they sold weight-loss, muscle-building, and wrinkle-reduction products to consumers using unsubstantiated health claims, fake magazine and news sites, bogus celebrity endorsements, and phony consumer testimonials. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Leaving the Center in Good Hands
In this blog post, Dr. Josephine Briggs reviews her time as Director of NCCIH and discusses the Center’s focus on pain research. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 27, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D. Source Type: news

Florida-based Supplement Sellers Settle FTC False Advertising Charges
NextGen Nutritionals, Strictly Health, and Cyber Business Technology, and owners Anna McLean and Robert McLean have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively marketed and sold dietary supplements. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 22, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Building the Understanding of the Effects of Tai Chi Training on Walking in Older People
Tai chi may help older people who have problems with walking (and falling). (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 21, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Leaving the Center in Good Hands
In this blog post, Dr. Josephine Briggs reviews her time as Director of NCCIH and discusses the Center’s focus on pain research. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 14, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D. Source Type: news

Ridge Properties DBA Pain Relief Naturally Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of all lots of Naturally HL Bedsore Cream, Pretat by TAT Balm Carbomer Free Gel, & All Naturally HL Hemorrhoid products due to manufacturing concerns at the facility
Ridge Properties DBA Pain Relief Naturally voluntarily recalls all lots within expiry of Naturally HL Bedsore Relief Cream, Extra Strength PreTAT by TAT Balm Carbomer Free Gel and Extra Strength Naturally HL Hemorrhoid Numbing with Lidocaine. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 9, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

The NIH Collaboratory Launches a New Resource on Methods and Best Practices for Pragmatic Clinical Trials
The NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, an NIH Common Fund project, has been supporting nine large-scalepragmatic clinical trials in partnership with health care systems around the United States.   NCCIH and NIA have been leading theCollaboratory program, and NCCIH staff have previously blogged about its progress. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - November 3, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Catherine Meyers, M.D. Source Type: news

In Praise of Scientific Curiosity
Dr. Josephine Briggs, who recently stepped down as NCCIH Director, reflects on the NCCIH research portfolio and scientific curiosity. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 24, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D. Source Type: news

NCCIH Introduces Know the Science Initiative
Science literacy efforts include interactive modules, videos to equip consumers for informed  decision-making​​​​​​​NCCIH launches “Know the Science”, an initiative designed to clarify and explain scientific topics related to health research. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Know the Science of Complementary Health Approaches
This issue of NCCIH’s Clinical Digest discusses the newly launched “Know the Science” initiative to help consumers better understand complex scientific topics related to health research. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Variations in the Types and Amounts of Bacteria in Echinacea Plants May Influence the Herb ’s Effects on Infectious Disease
Results of a 2016 study add to the growing body of literature suggesting that differences in the bacteria inside echinacea plants may determine whether and how much the herb enhances the immune system and fights infectious diseases like the common cold. Both the types of bacteria and the quantity of bacteria within the plants may contribute to differences in their effects. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 17, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

U.S. District Court Rules in FTC ’s Favor, Imposes $40 Million Judgment Against Weight-Loss Supplement Marketers for Order Violations
 A federal district judge in Atlanta has issued an order finding several defendants, including repeat offender Jared Wheat, in contempt for violating previous court orders related to the sale of weight-loss dietary supplements. The order imposes a more than $40 million judgment against the defendan ts, part or all of which the Federal Trade Commission may use to provide refunds to deceived consumers who bought the products. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 17, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Media Advisory: AAAS CEO Emeritus to present “Communicating Science to the Public: Follow the Science” on October 19
​​​​​​​What:  Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D., CEO Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will give a lecture on science communication, touching upon needs for engaging with the public about science and lessons learned from communicating about complex  topics. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 17, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

FTC Sending Refund Checks Totaling More Than $9.8 Million to People Who Were Charged for “Free Trials” for Health Products
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 227,000 refund checks totaling more than $9.8 million to people who bought “fat burning” and “weight loss” products and other dietary supplements, DVDs, or skin creams, including Pure Green Coffee Bean Plus and RKG Extreme, from Health Formulas LLC and related companies. The average refund amount is $43. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 10, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

FTC Sending Refund Checks Totaling More Than $210,000 to Consumers Who Bought Elimidrol ‘Opiate Withdrawal’ Product
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 5,379 refund checks totaling more than $210,000 to people who bought Elimidrol, a product marketed by Sunrise Nutraceuticals, LLC, as an effective treatment for opiate addiction withdrawal. The average refund amount is  $39. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Federal Strategies To Address Opioid Epidemic Among Talks To Be Streamed at Oct. 6 Advisory Council Meeting
On Friday, October 6, the  National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH) will hold its first meeting of Fiscal Year 2018. NCCIH grantees and potential applicants may find it useful to hear updates on the Center’s activities and presentations by staff about future funding priorities. We will provide a livestream of the meeting’s open session viaNIH Videocast from 9:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.  ET. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - October 4, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D. Source Type: news

Former Surgeon General Discusses Stress and Well-being at 2017 Straus Lecture
Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., delivered 2017 Straus Lecture on the public health consequences of stress on Americans. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - September 21, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Research Blog Team Source Type: news

​​​​​​​How To Select the Right FOA for Fall 2017 Human Subjects Grant Applications
If you are planning to submit a grant application that includes human subjects to NCCIH this fall, we want to help you select the best funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to use.    (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - September 21, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. Source Type: news

Welcoming New Projects and Partners to Address Pain in the Military Population
I am proud to announce NIH ’s newest interagency research initiative on pain management in military service members and veterans. NCCIH, lead for this multi-agency initiative called the NIH-DoD-VA Pain Management Collaboratory, is contributing more than half the funding for these 12 projects to develop, implement, and test nondrug approaches for managing pain and its related conditions in the military and veteran population ―including opioid misuse, abuse, and disorder. The total funding for this project will be $81 million over 6 years.  (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - September 21, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D. Source Type: news

Federal agencies partner for military and veteran pain management research
Joint HHS-DoD-VA initiative will award multiple grants totaling $81  millionU.S. agencies partner on research that focuses on nondrug approaches for pain management in military personnel and veterans; NCCIH is the lead for this multi-agency initiative. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - September 20, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Physic Candy – Define contains hidden drug ingredients
FDA advises consumers not to purchase or use Physic Candy – Define, a product promoted and sold for weight loss. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - September 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Physic Candy – Curve contains hidden drug ingredients
FDA advises consumers not to purchase or use Physic Candy – Curve, a product promoted and sold for weight loss. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - September 5, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Compounded Curcumin Emulsion Product for Injection by ImprimisRx: FDA Investigation - Serious Adverse Events Associated with Use
https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHum… (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 28, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

NIH study uncovers specialized mouse neurons that play a unique role in pain: ​​​​Previously unknown category of neuron responds to pulling of a single hair  
NCCIH scientists identify sensory neurons that may offer insights into new approaches to pain therapy. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 16, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

NCCIH Researchers Describe Specialized Neurons That Play a Unique Role in Mechanical Pain
A new study in mice, conducted at the National Institutes of Health, has identified nerve cells that may play a role in pain and touch. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 16, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

EZ Weight Loss TX LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Atomic and Xplode Capsules Due to the Presence of Undeclared Sibutramine
Corpus Christi, TX, EZ Weight Loss TX is voluntarily recalling all lots of La Bri ’s Body Health Atomic and Xplode capsules to the consumer level. FDA analysis has found the products to be tainted with sibutramine.Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 for safety reasons. The presence of sibutramine in these products renders it an unapproved drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established and, therefore subject to  recall. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Shown To Be Cost Effective for Chronic Low-Back Pain
Results of a new NCCIH-supported study suggest group sessions of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) or cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are cost-effective for chronic low-back pain. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 8, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

NIH Funding for Research on Suicide Predictors and Prevention
In this blog post, Dr. Eve Reider discusses an NIH FOA that focuses on linking data from health care system records to mortality data to obtain a more accurate understanding of risk factors related to suicide. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 2, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Eve Reider, Ph.D. Source Type: news

La Bri's Body Health Atomic and Xplode Capsules by EZ Weight Loss TX: Recall - Undeclared Drug Ingredient
EZ Weight Loss TX voluntarily recalls La Bri’s Body Health Atomic and Xplode capsules due to contamination with sibutramine. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 26, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Kingdom Honey for Her Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient
FDA advises consumers not to purchase or use Kingdom Honey for Her, a product promoted and sold for sexual enhancement. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Royal Honey VIP Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient
FDA advises consumers not to purchase or use Royal Honey VIP, a product promoted and sold for sexual enhancement. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

Kingdom Honey for Him Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient
FDA advises consumers not to purchase or use Kingdom Honey for Him, a product promoted and sold for sexual enhancement. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news

RHINO 7 Platinum 5000 Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient
FDA advises consumers not to purchase or use Rhino 7 Platinum 5000, a product promoted and sold for sexual enhancement. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - July 19, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news