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NCCAM research centers added

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The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has added three new Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM, the center announces Oct. 5. The centers will "explore the biological effects of a number of plant-derived compounds and preparations found in CAM products, such as dietary supplements, on pancreatic diseases, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, and Alzheimer's disease," NCCAM notes. The first center, the UCLA Center of Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases, will study curcumin, lycopene, green tea and scutellari baicalensis to determine the effects the plant compounds have on the prevention and/or treatment of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis. The second center, the center for CAM research on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, will study the mechanisms by which resveratrol may aid in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, among other things. The third center will examine polyphenols effect on Alzheimer's disease. The center grants will provide five years of support...

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