The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    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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    Omega-3 supplementation in autistic adults

    Researchers from the University of Pavia in Italy report the results from a small study.

    First, the details.

    • 19 young adults with severe autism (Childhood Autism Rating Scale greater than 40) participated.
    • They received 2 fish oil capsules per day (0.93 grams of eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and docosahexaenoic acid [DHA] plus 5 mg of vitamin E) for 6 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • The severity and frequency of problematic behaviors didn’t change during treatment or for 6 weeks after treatment.
    • No effect on the number of episodes and severity of behavior aberrations was observed.

    The bottom line?
    It’s a very small study, with no comparison group.

    An earlier small study in 13 children was also negative.

    It’s time to move on from preliminary studies.

    9/2/08 22:35 JR

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