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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    Benefits of tea drinking in older women

    There appear to be beneficial effects on the skeleton.

    First, the details.

    • 1500 elderly women participated in a study designed to evaluate the benefits of calcium.
    • However, at 5 years 1027 of these women answered a questionnaire to determine their usual tea intake and compare it to their areal bone mineral density (aBMD), which was used as an independent predictor for osteoporotic hip fracture.
    • Another prospective analysis of 164 women assessed the relation of tea intake at the beginning of the study and aBMD from years 1 to 5.

    And, the results.

    • Total hip aBMD was a significant 2.8% greater in tea drinkers than in non-tea drinkers.
    • In the prospective analysis over 4 years, tea drinkers lost an average of 1.6% of their total hip aBMD, while non-tea drinkers lost 4.0%, a significant difference.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Tea drinking is associated with preservation of hip structure in elderly women.”

    10/21/07 21:06 JR

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