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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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    Internet-based obesity prevention program

     Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas studied whether an Internet-based program could help young girls at risk for obesity eat more fruit, juice, veggies, and water.

    First, the details.

    • 80, 8-to-10-year-old African American girls at risk of obesity participated.
    • Each had a home computer, with Internet access and an e-mail address.
    • The 8-week home-based program, conducted entirely over the Internet, promoted fruit, juice, vegetables, and water intake, and physical activity.
    • The results were based on responses to a questionnaire.

    And, the results.

    • Statistically significant increases in fruit, juice, and vegetable consumption were reported.
    • There were also significant differences in physical activity.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Internet-based obesity prevention programs may be an effective channel for promoting healthy diet and physical activity behaviors to youth at-risk of obesity.”

    It’s a good start. I guess the next step is to measure weight loss.

    3/31/09 21:41 JR

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