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Veterans pain management in the spotlight

Three government agencies are to jointly fund 12 research projects into non-drug approaches to pain management, including yoga and tai chi, among veterans.

The projects have a combined budget of $81 million over 6 years, according to a statement by the National Institutes of Health, which is leading the partnership. All projects should address non-drug approaches to pain management for military veterans, the statement, published on 20 September, said.

The projects will examine the feasibility, acceptability, safety and effectiveness of non-drug approaches such as mindfulness and meditation, tai chi and yoga, massage and acupuncture, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Money for the projects will come from the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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