(Reuters Health) - According to a U.S. government survey released today, about 38 percent of adults and nearly 12 percent of children use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as herbal supplements, meditation, acupuncture, and other "remedies" or preventive approaches not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine.
The results of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey confirm that CAM practices are a "frequently used component of Americans' health care regimens, and reinforce the need for rigorous research to study the safety and effectiveness of these therapies," said Dr. Josephine P. Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).(Read entire article)
The release of a nationwide government survey on trends and demographic use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among both adults and children in the United States. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a telephone briefing to discuss the findings of the 2007 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).(Read entire article)