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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 www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Green tea and the risk of depression

    green_teaResearchers from Japan studied the relationship between drinking green tea and depression in elderly Japanese adults.

    First, the details.

    • Green tea consumption was surveyed in 1058 community-dwelling elderly Japanese individuals.
    • Depression symptoms were evaluated using the 30-item Geriatric Depression Scale.
    • Participants who were consuming antidepressants were considered to have depressive symptoms.

    And, the results.

    • After adjusting for confounding factors, the risk of having mild and severe depressive symptoms was greater as green tea consumption increased (2 to 3 cups and 4 or more cups per day) compared with green tea consumption of not more than 1 cup/day.
    • Similar relations were also observed in those with severe depressive symptoms.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “A more frequent consumption of green tea was associated with a lower prevalence of depressive symptoms in the community-dwelling older population.”

    Hmmm. Side effects from drinking green tea? Here’s a website with a long list of side effects.

    11/20/09 19:37 JR

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