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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Childhood apraxia of speech

     Apraxia is a disorder of the nervous system where there’s an inability to carry out learned purposeful movements such as speech, despite having the desire and physical ability.

    Surprisingly, a lack of high quality studies makes it impossible to know which treatments are most effective in children or adolescents, according to this Cochrane review.

    First, the details.

    • A literature search for well-designed studies in children aged 3 to 16 years with childhood apraxia of speech was conducted using several databases.
    • The authors assessed titles and abstracts identified from the searches and obtained full articles of all potentially relevant articles.
    • Articles were assessed for design and risk of bias.

    And, the results.

    • Among 825 titles and abstracts, 31 abstracts appeared to be worth including in the review.
    • But after reading the 31 articles, no studies could be included in this review.

    The bottom line?
    The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders agrees, “No single [treatment] approach has been proven to be the most effective.”

    Treatment options are left to the discretion of the therapist after assessing the patient.

    I guess we need more studies.

    10/20/08 21:35 JR

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