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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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Training the elderly to maintain their reasoning ability

    A large-scale study of elderly people reports that training to improve reasoning results in less functional decline in activities of daily living over 5 years of follow-up.

    Here are the details from the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study.

    • More than 2800 volunteers were divided into 4 groups for memory, reasoning, or speed of processing training, or no training.
    • All participants were living independently with good functional and cognitive status (eg, perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning).
    • There were 10 training sessions initially, plus 4 “booster” sessions at 11 and 35 months.
    • Only the group that got reasoning training showed significantly less functional decline in activities of daily living (based on each volunteer’s assessment) compared to the group that got no training.
    • The other groups did better than the control group, although the differences weren’t significant.

    Declining cognitive ability increases the risk for a loss of independence. It’s possible that a structured program that maintains reasoning skills like the one used here might allow the elderly to remain independent longer? Future studies will answer this question.

    12/20/06 22:38 JR

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