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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Cochrane review of nasal irrigation for upper airway infection

    It’s commonly used to manage symptoms, but why is there so little research supporting it?

    First, the details.

    • 3 studies (618 participants) were included in the review.

    And, the results.

    • Most results showed no difference between nasal saline treatment and control.
    • Support of benefit with nasal saline irrigation in adults included…
      • An insignificant difference of 0.3 day (7 hours out of 8 days) for symptom resolution — 1 study
      • Less time off work — 1 study.
    • Minor discomfort was not uncommon.
    • 40% of babies did not tolerate nasal saline drops.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded there are too few studies, and the risk of bias was too great to permit confident conclusions.

    3/18/10 18:24 JR

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