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NCCAM Timeline—A Decade of Progress

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February 1999 - U.S. Congress establishes NCCAM as the 25th independent NIH unit

April 2002 - NCCAM's first large clinical trial shows that an extract of the herb St. John's wort is no more effective than placebo for major depression.

December 2004 - Longest, largest randomized clinical trial of acupuncture ever conducted concludes it relieves pain and improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee and serves as an effective complement to standard care.

February 2006 - Research shows that the popular dietary supplement combination of glucosamine plus chondroitin sulfate did not provide significant relief from osteoarthritis among all participants but did relieve moderate-to-severe pain among a subgroup of participants.

June 2008 - NCCAM launches Time to Talk, first educational campaign.

November 2008 - NCCAM's largest clinical trial to date, the Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory Study, finds the dietary supplement Ginkgo biloba does not delay development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people.

December 2008 - NCCAM releases new statistics on use of CAM among American adults and children from CDC's 2007 National Health Interview Survey.

February 2009 - NCCAM marks its 10th anniversary.

Read More "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)" Articles

Expanding Horizons of Health Care / NCCAM Timeline—A Decade of Progress / Acupuncture From Ancient Practice to Modern Science / Low Back Pain and CAM / Time to Talk / Quiz on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Winter 2009 Issue: Volume 4 Number 1 Pages 16 - 17