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.

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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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    Music and exercise in children with severe burns

    Researchers from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas studied the effects of adding music and exercise to a rehabilitation program in children with thermal injury.

    First, the details.

    • 24 severely burned children (ages 2 to 6 years) participated in a 12-week rehabilitation program.
      • 15 received standard care plus music and exercise.
      • 9 received standard care.
    • Researchers measured elbow and knee range of motion.
    • Groups were compared for demographics as well as active and passive ROM to bilateral elbows and knees.

    And, the results.

    • Patients receiving the 12-week program significantly improved range of motion in all joints assessed except one.
    • Patients receiving standard care showed a significant improvement in only one of the joints assessed.

    The bottom line?
    “Providing a structured supplemental music and exercise program during occupational and physical therapy seems to improve both passive and active ROM to a greater extent than the standard care alone,” concluded the authors.

    1/28/09 21:42 JR

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