NCCIH Launches Know the Science Initiative

NCCIH Launches Know the Science Initiative

Information Resources

By Evelyn Cunico, MA, MS/LIS
Posted November 16, 2017

Know the Science Initiative

In October 2017, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), launched a new initiative called, Know the Science.

The goal of Know the Science is to help consumers to better understand complex scientific topics related to health, especially research related to complementary and integrative health approaches, which consumers often use for self-care.

The Know the Science initiative covers health topics such as, facts about health news stories, interactions between medications and dietary supplements, and myths about natural products.

Know the Science Resources

NCCIH has created Interactive Modules, Videos, and Factsheets to help you to understand the science of health. Following are a few of the Know the Science resources, all of which may be accessed at NCCIH Know the ScienceĀ 

  • Know the Science: Nine Questions to Help You Make Sense of Health Research
  • Know the Science: The Facts about Health News Stories
  • Know the Science: How Medications and Supplements Can Interact
  • Know the Science: Six Commonly Misunderstood Words about Complementary Health Approaches

For additional information, see the Selected Information Resources at the end of this CHIME blog post.

Disclaimer: The information presented in this blog should not replace the medical advice of your doctor. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any disease, illness, or other health condition without first consulting with your medical doctor or other healthcare provider.

Selected Information Resources

Briggs, JP, M.D., National Institutes of Health. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). NCCIH Research Blog. Posted October 13, 2017. In Praise of Scientific Curiosity
Summary Note: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., NCCIH Director Emeritus, stresses the need for scientific curiosity and rigorous research at NCCIH, when defining the safety and effectiveness of a broad range of non-mainstream health practices, such as acupuncture, meditation, and yoga.
(Accessed 03 November 2017)

Cunico, E. How to Understand Health News. CHIME Consumer Health. Posted June 22, 2014.
Summary Note: Blog post by health science writer and librarian explains series of questions that you can ask yourself when seeking health news. Blog includes linked References.
(Accessed 10 November 2017)

National Institutes of Health. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. NCCIH Know the Science
Summary Note: Know the Science portal also includes links to information content from the National Library of Medicine, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and other Federal resources that are designed to help consumers make sense of health information.
(Accessed 10 November 2017)

National Institutes of Health. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Know the Science: The Facts about Health News Stories
Summary Note: Summarizes sample health stories in the media. Interactive modules allow you to analyze the stories so that you may identify missing, conflicting, or misleading information. Also includes, Checklist for Understanding Health News Stories.
(Accessed 10 November 2017)

National Institutes of Health. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. NCCIH Introduces Know the Science Initiative. News Release, October 19, 2017
Summary Note: NCCIH news release, Thursday, October 19, 2017, announces NCCIH initiative, Know the Science, aiming to explain scientific topics related to health research.
(Accessed 10 November 2017)

National Institutes of Health. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Natural Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Safer, or Better
Summary Note: Cautions that many products that are called, natural, have serious safety concerns. The word, natural, does not always mean that it is a safer or better option for your health.
(Accessed 14 November 2017)

Van Dam, NT, van Vugt, MK, Vago, DR, and others. Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation. Perspectives in Psychological Science: a Journal of the Association for Psychological Science. 2017 September 01. Doi: 10.1177/1745691617709589 [Epub ahead of print].
Summary Note: Article by 15 authors calls for more rigorous evaluation and uniform treatment standards for mindfulness and meditation. Authors advise caution about the media hype on mindfulness and meditation getting ahead of rigorous scientific research.
(Full Text accessed 03 November 2017 via SAGE Publications link)

Wilemon, Tom. Mindfulness Experts Call for More Scientific Rigor, Less Hype
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter. Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
Summary Note: News story reports on article by Van Dam and others [see citation above], titled, Mind the Hype: A Critical Evaluation and Prescriptive Agenda for Research on Mindfulness and Meditation, in Perspectives on Psychological Science, October 10, 2017. News story features one of the authors, David Vago, Ph.D., Director of Research, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee.
(Accessed 03 November 2017)

 

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