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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    May is stroke month

     So, here’s a list of studies on CAM and stroke that were published in the past year.

    Stroke risk

    • “The combined impact of the 4 health behaviors [smoking, exercise, alcohol, vitamin C] — though relatively modest and potentially achievable across all ages, sex, and social classes — was associated with an estimated 2.3-fold difference in risk of stroke.”

    Mediterranean diet

    • “Greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet… was associated with a lower risk of… stroke in women.”

    Fatty fish

    • Modest consumption of fish is associated with a lower prevalence of subclinical brain infarcts (”tiny” strokes) — changes in the brain consistent with a stroke, but without the usual outward signs and symptoms.

    Music

    • “Music, when applied during the most dynamic period of recovery from neural damage, can induce long-term changes on cognition [reasoning] that is [shown] by enhanced recovery of focused attention and verbal memory.”

    Biofeedback

    • “Incorporating biofeedback into the treatment regimen had a positive effect on the range of motion and on the recovery of upper extremity function in hemiplegic patients.”

    Coffee and tea

    • 1 study suggests a protective role.

    Acupuncture

    • “There is not enough evidence to make any conclusion about the therapeutic effect of acupuncture for dysphasia after acute stroke.”

    Balance training

    • Combining balance training (using force platform biofeedback) with a conventional rehabilitation program did not provide additional benefits.

    5/1/09 15:21 JR

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