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.

  • 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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    Chocolate slows your ability to clot blood, a little

    Volunteers in a study reported on Medscape were told not to do things known to slow the clotting of blood by inhibiting platelet function.

    But some just couldn’t stop eating chocolate.

    When their noncompliance was discovered, the volunteers were taken out of the study, but tests of their ability to clot were still done.

    It turns out that clotting time was delayed in this group, although it was still within the normal range.

    Dr. Elliott Antman from Harvard University said, “It might help explain the tremendous variability among patients to platelet inhibition, particularly as seen in response to aspirin.”

    Do you like chocolate? It’s one more thing to tell your doctor.

    The study was presented during the American Heart Association meeting this year (abstract 4101).

    Illustration: WineZap

    11/29/06 20:41

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