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Recent Photos from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

2012 Photos

Photo of Dr. David G.I. Kingston. Dr. David G.I. Kingston, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, delivered the 2012 Stephen E. Straus Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies. (Photo Credit: Lisa Helfert)
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Photo of M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D.M. Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., was appointed scientific director of a new NIH research program based in the NCCAM Division of Intramural Research and focusing on the brain's role in pain. (Photo Credit: Lisa Helfert)
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2011 Photos

Screen shot of NCCAM's HCP homepage. NCCAM's portal for health care providers was launched in 2011.
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Image of Third Strategic Plan cover. The Third Strategic Plan is guiding NCCAM from 2011 to 2015.
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Photo of Sean Mackey, M.D. Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D., of Stanford University School of Medicine and the Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, delivered the 2011 Stephen E. Straus Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Credit: Lisa Helfert
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2009 Photos

illustration showing 3 pie charts. This figure shows total out-of-pocket U.S. spending in 2007 for conventional health care and CAM, for prescriptions versus natural products, and for visits to CAM practitioners versus visits to physicians. Out of the total $33.9 billion spent on CAM, an estimated $22 billion was for self-care—i.e., CAM products, classes, and materials—mostly in the form of natural products. The remaining $11.9 billion was for CAM practitioner visits. The $14.8 billion spent on natural products was about 1/3 of out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs, and the $11.9 billion spent on CAM practitioner visits was about 1/4 of out-of-pocket spending on physician visits.
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poster announcing NCCAM's 10th Anniversary Symposium. Poster for NCCAM’s 10th Anniversary Symposium, Exploring the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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2008 Photos

a photo of an African-American woman reading a brochure.NCCAM's "Time To Talk" campaign, launched in June 2008, encourages patients and their health care providers to openly discuss the use of complementary and alternative medicine, to help ensure safe and coordinated care. Free toolkits (as pictured) are available. (Photo copyright Matt Fletcher)
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a photo of a man receiving a back massage.Massage therapy appeared to ease pain and improve mood in the short term in a group of advanced cancer patients, according to findings from an NCCAM-funded study in 2008. The study, led by a University of Colorado Denver team at 15 U.S. hospices, found benefit also, to a lesser degree, from simple touch. (Photo copyright Bob Stockfield)
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2007 Photos

a photo of a man speaking into a microphone. Participants discuss issues related to NCCAM and complementary and alternative medicine at an "NCCAM Stakeholder Dialogue" meeting, held at NIH in June 2007.
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This page last reviewed on February 12, 2013

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