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Hello From NCCIH's New Leadership Team

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:06:24 -0500

Hello from NCCIH’s new leadership team! In this message, Acting Director David Shurtleff and Acting Deputy Director Wendy Weber introduce themselves and highlight NCCIH’s research interests and resources.

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Grant Funding Available for Behavioral Interventions for Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder and as an Adjunct to Medication-Assisted Treatment

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:37:38 -0500

In this research blog, Drs. Robin Boineau (NCCIH) and Kimberly Johnson (SAMHSA) discuss a new funding initiative to examine the impact of behavioral interventions for opioid addiction within the context of states’ plans for use of Opioid STR grant funds.

Study Identifies a Novel Mechanism by Which Cells May Detect a Variety of Sensations

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:07:32 -0500


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).

Florida-based Supplement Sellers Settle FTC False Advertising Charges

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:30:33 -0500

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.

Internet Marketers of Dietary Supplement and Skincare Products Banned from Deceptive Advertising and Billing Practices

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:44:51 -0500

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.

Complementary Health Approaches for Travelers

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:30:00 -0500


Do any complementary health approaches help for travel-related health issues? Find out here.

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on FDA advisory about deadly risks associated with kratom

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:46:24 -0500

FDA issues statement on kratom, voices safety concerns.

Leaving the Center in Good Hands

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:44:10 -0500

In this blog post, Dr. Josephine Briggs reviews her time as Director of NCCIH and discusses the Center’s focus on pain research.

Building the Understanding of the Effects of Tai Chi Training on Walking in Older People

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:45:22 -0500


Tai chi may help older people who have problems with walking (and falling).

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

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:17:52 -0500

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.

The NIH Collaboratory Launches a New Resource on Methods and Best Practices for Pragmatic Clinical Trials

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:22:47 -0500

In this blog post, Dr. Catherine Meyers discusses The Living Textbook, a researcher-friendly compendium of information for designing, planning, and implementing pragmatic clinical trials.

In Praise of Scientific Curiosity

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:46:56 -0400

Dr. Josephine Briggs, who recently stepped down as NCCIH Director, reflects on the NCCIH research portfolio and scientific curiosity.

U.S. District Court Rules in FTC’s Favor, Imposes $40 Million Judgment Against Weight-Loss Supplement Marketers for Order Violations

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:14:16 -0400

 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 defendants, part or all of which the Federal Trade Commission may use to provide refunds to deceived consumers who bought the products.

Media Advisory: AAAS CEO Emeritus to present “Communicating Science to the Public: Follow the Science” on October 19

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:00:28 -0400

​​​​​​​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.

NCCIH Introduces Know the Science Initiative

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:27:48 -0400


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.

Variations in the Types and Amounts of Bacteria in Echinacea Plants May Influence the Herb’s Effects on Infectious Disease

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:56:14 -0500


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.