The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Bad news for calcium supplements

    This review by the Cochrane Collaboration of 19 clinical trials in almost 3000 children treated with calcium or placebo reveals that bone mineral density (BMD) increases the same amount in the hip and spine whether children take calcium supplements or placebo.

    Calcium increased the BMD in the arm and in the total body a small amount more than placebos did. But once children stopped taking calcium, this increase only persisted in the arm.

    No difference in response was seen based on age, gender, race, stage of puberty, physical activity, how much children took or how long they took the calcium supplements. Furthermore, taking calcium supplements was not better for a child who did not eat enough calcium in their diet compared to those who did.

    The bottom line is that calcium supplements may not help enough to build stronger bones in children to lower the risk of breaking a bone.

    7/13/06 23:29 JR

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