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NIH Launches Consumer-Friendly Tips Series On Complementary Health Practices

A new series of monthly health tips, Time to Talk Tips, will provide consumers with easy-to-read information on complementary health practices.  The effort is managed by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health.  A resource in NCCAM’s Time to Talk campaign, the series highlights specific health topics, such as the safe use of dietary supplements, natural products used for the flu and colds, and mind and body approaches used to manage symptoms of a variety of conditions.  The series will include simple tips, such as: Taking vitamin C regularly does not reduce the likelihood of getting a cold but may improve some cold symptoms, and some dietary supplements may interact with medications (prescription or over-the-counter) or other dietary supplements.

The tips accompany topics found in the NCCAM Clinical Digest, a monthly e-newsletter for health care providers that addresses the state of science on complementary health practices for a variety of health conditions. These same topics will also be discussed in monthly Twitter chats (@NCCAM), allowing the public to interact with the center, ask questions, and receive answers in real time.

See the full NIH News Release at: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2012/nccam-06.htm [National Institutes of Health]

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