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A substantial amount of evidence suggests that some complementary health approaches, such as #acupuncture, #massage therapy, #mindfulness-based stress reduction, and #yoga may help to manage some #cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment. For other complementary approaches, such as natural products, the evidence is more limited. Our May Clinical Digest provides information on the evidence base on complementary and integrative health approaches for cancer-related symptoms and treatment side effects.  
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. On Wednesday, May 27 at 1pm ET, we will be hosting a Twitter chat on natural products (such as #glucosamine and #chondroitin) and mind and body approaches (such as #yoga, tai chi, and #acupuncture) for managing the symptoms associated with rheumatoid #arthritis and #osteoarthritis. Join us at ‪#‎ArthritisTalk. Learn more: 
Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband of Harvard Medical School gave a great lecture last week. In case you missed their discussion on medical mindsets and medical decision making, the lecture can be viewed on demand:
Our “Be an Informed Consumer” portal has a number of resources, fact sheets, and safety information that can help you take care of your health.  
We’re just a few days away from our annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies.  Join us Monday, May 11 at 10am ET for “When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision Making” with Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband. To learn more about the lecture, including how you can receive continuing education credit, visit: Watch the lecture live at
Monday, May 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland The lectures will be streamed live online at
If you’re looking for a complementary health practitioner, here are 6 things you need to know:
Today, Wednesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. ET, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is hosting their 6th Annual John Daly Memorial Lecture. Dr. David Julius of the +UCSF School of Medicine Education will present “TRP Channels and Pain: From Physiology to Atomic Structure.” How have natural products been used to reveal the molecular mechanisms behind how we feel , sense, and touch? Tune in live and find out: For more on this lecture, visit: 
Want to learn more about the research we fund? Visit our Research page for information on the studies we conduct and sponsor.
At last week’s American Pain Society conference, Dr. Catherine Bushnell, Scientific Director of our Division of Intramural Research, discussed how new research on yoga may have some encouraging results for people with chronic pain:
Join us on Monday, May 18 for our next Integrative Medicine Research Lecture: “The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT)—Connecting Silos of Information.” Dr. Gervasio Lamas of Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida is the speaker: If you can’t make it in person, watch it live at
What is happening in the brain when we ignore distracting stimuli (such as a touch to the hand, or pain in a body part) so we can pay attention to something else? Could better understanding of those brain mechanisms also lead to better understanding of the pain experience? New research from Brown University explores these questions.
Last week, we had a lively discussion on Twitter about mind and body approaches for healthy aging. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights: To view the full chat, search for ‪#‎agewellchat on
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