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Report on Research on Rare Diseases in Children: FY 2000 to FY 2005

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Overview of NCCAM Rare Diseases in Children Research Activities, FY 2000 - FY 2005

NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alterative medicine (CAM) healing practices in the context of rigorous science. To achieve this goal, NCCAM:

  • Identifies and evaluates CAM treatment, diagnostic, and prevention modalities in each of the broad domains of CAM.

  • Conducts or supports clinical trials, basic science research, epidemiological studies, health services research, and other appropriate research and investigational activities.

  • Studies CAM treatment, diagnostic, and prevention systems, modalities, disciplines, and their potential for integration into the health care delivery system.

All diseases or conditions for which CAM is used are of concern to NCCAM. NCCAM therefore supports research in the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of several rare diseases and disorders.

Ongoing, New, and Planned Research Initiatives in Rare Diseases in Children

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

NCCAM currently supports a phase II clinical trial (FY 1998-FY 2003) at the University of Arizona to evaluate two alternative or complementary medical modalities (osteopathic manipulation and acupuncture) that have been used in children to reduce complications associated with cerebral palsy versus a control group (therapeutic play). Of particular interest will be evaluations of the incorporation of and compliance with the two modalities in the participating groups already providing clinical services.

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Last Reviewed: February 1, 2005
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