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NIH study explains why opioid therapy may not always work well for chronic pain

Researchers have shown that pain-induced changes in the rat brain’s opioid receptor system may explain the limited effectiveness of opioid therapy in chronic pain and may play a role in the depression that often accompanies it. These findings clearly show the impact of chronic pain on the brain and its relation to depression.

5 Things To Know About Mind and Body Approaches for Substance Use Disorders

Mind and body approaches, such as mindfulness-based interventions, have shown some success when used along with the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. Mindfulness-based approaches, in part, attempt to decrease the impact of negative mood, which is thought to serve as a trigger for substance use. Mind and body approaches can be part of a comprehensive addiction treatment plan that includes behavioral modifications, and may include pharmaceuticals to decrease cravings, group therapy, or counseling.

5 Tips for a Healthy Vacation

As you plan your next beach vacation, make sure your trip is a healthy one. Consider these five tips on sun safety, medications, contact lenses, tattoos, and eating well.

'Gluten-Free' Means What It Says

The only way to manage celiac disease is to avoid eating foods containing gluten. Learn how FDA's definition of 'gluten free' on food labels makes that possible.

Neural Mechanisms of Manual Therapies for Chronic Pain

In this blog post, Dr. Merav Sabri, of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discusses the scientific basis for manual therapies and their use in treating chronic pain conditions, and also addresses an NCCIH-sponsored symposium about this at ICIMH on May 11, 2018.

Targeting and Developing Your Clinical Research Proposal

Apply for an NCCIH grant for research involving human participants? If you’re attending the ICIMH meeting, plan to attend this Pre-Congress Workshop: “Honing Your Clinical Research Proposal for NIH and NCCIH Funding Opportunities” (on Tuesday, May 8, at 2 p.m.).

Looking Back, Looking Forward: NCCIH at 20

In this blog post, NCCIH Outreach Program Manager Anita McRae-Williams discusses some milestones in NCCIH history, and calls attention to an upcoming retrospective session at the upcoming International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health.

Unpacking the New NIH Policies for Research with Human Participants

Scientific disciplines can differ on what elements of a study are necessary to meet the definition of a “clinical trial.” Some investigators conducting human subjects research may not know that NIH considers their study to be a clinical trial - - a term defined broadly by NIH as “a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biom

Looking Back, Looking Forward: NCCIH at 20

In this blog post, NCCIH Outreach Program Manager Anita McRae-Williams discusses some milestones in NCCIH history, and calls attention to an upcoming retrospective session at the upcoming International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health.

Unpacking the New NIH Policies for Research with Human Participants

Scientific disciplines can differ on what elements of a study are necessary to meet the definition of a “clinical trial.” Some investigators conducting human subjects research may not know that NIH considers their study to be a clinical trial - - a term defined broadly by NIH as “a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biom

ICIMH Roundtable To Explore Research on Creative Art Therapies

Many current health challenges such as autism, chronic pain, and Alzheimer’s disease have remained largely intractable. Research suggests that a combination of therapeutic approaches will likely be needed to address these complex conditions. Creative art therapies may have a role to play in these multidisciplinary strategies. 

Symposium To Explore Science of Music, the Brain, and Health

Can music help people feel better? Many of us would like to say, “Of course it can.” But what does the research say? 

The fact is that rigorous, systematic investigation of the impact of music on health—particularly in the areas of management of chronic pain and treatment of opioid-use disorder—is just beginning. 

Do You Vape? See These Tips on How to Keep E-Liquids Away from Children

Accidentally touching or drinking e-liquids can be dangerous and even deadly for young children. So it’s important to handle and store these products carefully, to teach children to stay away from these products, and to be prepared for emergencies. Consider these tips.

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