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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    The effect of diet on depression in older people

    little guyClaire Williamson, Nutrition Scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation in London, has reviewed the evidence.

    Here are the highlights

    • In observational studies, poor micronutrient status (particularly folate and vitamin B12) is associated with an increased risk of depression in older people.
      • In observational studies the participants are followed and outcomes are measured, but there’s no attempt to influence the outcomes.
    • Supplementation with folic acid enhances anti-depressant drug treatment and there’s some evidence that supplementation with certain micronutrients may help improve depressive symptoms in older patients.
    • There”s interest in the effects of omega-3 fatty acids in depression. However, the evidence limited and difficult to evaluate due to considerable variability between studies

    The bottom line?

    The author concludes, “Research highlights the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle to help maintain good mental health into old age and health professionals should try to support older people in trying to achieve this.”

    12/13/09 20:07 JR

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