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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina has received a federal grant for its alternative medicine center.

The school said Wednesday that its Complementary Alternative Medicine had received an $8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

South Carolina says the center is one of only 11 of its kind in the United States. Officials say the center was established in 2007 with an initial $6 million grant. It studies inflammatory diseases that impact critical organs like the heart, brain, liver and colon.

Researchers also study the effectiveness of plant-derived products in alleviating inflammation that underlies a wide variety of autoimmune and other major diseases.

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