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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    Simplified tai-chi benefits the elderly in long-term care

    Providing a simplified tai-chi exercise program (STEP) in long-term care facilities can promote physical health in older adults.

    That’s the conclusion from a study in Taiwan.
    In two veteran homes, 51 older men were recruited to participate in a six-month study. All of the participants were alert and able to walk without assistance. None had dementia.

    The STEP consisted of one 50-minute session three times a week for six months.

    At the end of the study the participants had a significant drop in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, increased hand-grip strength, and better lower body flexibility.

    A brief description of a STEP is provided here.

    1/16/07 20:46 JR

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