The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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

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    Magnets to treat major depression

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was effective and safe in this study from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

    First, the details.

    • 301 patients with major depression who hadn’t benefited from prior treatment were randomly assigned active or sham TMS.
    • The patients were taking no drugs and didn’t know their group assignment.
    • Sessions were conducted 5 times per week for 4 to 6 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • Response and remission were better in patients who received active TMS vs sham TMS.
    • Only about 5% of those treated dropped out of the study.
    • Side effects were generally mild and limited to transient scalp discomfort or pain.

    The bottom line?
    About 20% to 40% of patients with major depressive disorder do not benefit from antidepressants and psychotherapy.

    TMS might be an alternative treatment, concluded the authors.

    12/21/07 18:24 JR

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