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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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    A possible role for yoga as a complementary therapy for HIV

    One of the complications of HIV infection is the loss of complex motor coordination. This can be evaluated using the mirror star-tracing task. There are variations on this test, but essentially the patient traces a star using the outline in a mirror.

    Now, a study in 26 healthy people shows that one month of yoga was associated in fewer errors in a modification of the star-tracing task where the star was six pointed with the outline made up of 60 circles (4 mm in diameter).

    • The yoga group showed significant improvement in the number of circles crossed
    • Fewer circles left out for the right hand
    • More circles crossed with the left hand alone in the control group

    The investigators concluded. “One month of yoga improved reversal ability, eye-hand co-ordination, speed, and accuracy — which are necessary for mirror star tracing.”

    I’m not aware of a study where yoga was used to improve these skills in people with HIV. But it might be worthwhile.

    Photo: Your amazing brain

    10/22/06 11:40 JR

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