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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    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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    Implanting gold beads to treat knee osteoarthritis

    Despite negative results, researchers from Denmark think another, larger study is needed.

    First, the details.

    • 43 adults with pain and stiffness from non-specific osteoarthritis of the knee for more than a year were studied.
    • In some patients, gold beads were implanted at 5 acupuncture points around the affected knee through a hypodermic needle.
    • In other patients only the needle was inserted (placebo).
    • Neither the doctors nor the patients knew the treatment they received (double-blinded).

    And, the results.

    • Both groups of patients “generally improved.”
    • There was no statistically significant difference between the groups’ responses in self-assessment scores, stiffness, or function.
    • The surgeon’s scores also generally improved, but there was no difference in knee score or function.
    • The treatment was well-tolerated.

    The bottom line?
    An earlier study in animals with abnormal formation of the hip joint (dysplasia) reported a significant placebo effect with this procedure.

    5/29/08 19:59 JR

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