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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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    Multisensory stimulation for patients with Alzheimer’s disease

    Researchers from the University of Missouri, Kansas City measured changes in inappropriate behavior.

    First, the details.

    • Patients with Alzheimer’s disease living in a long-term care facility were assigned to a treatment group.
      • Exposure to a multisensory stimulation environment
      • No exposure to a multisensory stimulation environment
    • Documented disruptive behavior included pacing, exit-seeking activities, hitting, yelling, and aggressive talking.

    And, the results.

    • Exposure to a multisensory stimulation environment was associated with fewer incidences of disruptive behavior, but not the behaviors present.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “The use of these interventions [multisensory stimulation environment], where feasible, should be considered prior to the use of pharmacological methods.”

    There’s disagreement over the value of multisensory stimulation environment (also called Snoezelen), as discussed here.

    2/15/10 22:02 JR

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