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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    Acupuncture to treat pain after neck disscetion

    Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City studied whether acupuncture reduces pain and dysfunction in patients with squamous cell cancer and a history of neck dissection (photo) — a surgical procedure used to control neck lymph node metastasis.

    First, the details.

    • 58 patients with chronic pain or dysfunction attributed to neck dissection were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 4 weeks.
      • Acupuncture weekly
      • Usual care (eg, physical therapy, use of pain medicine and/or anti-inflammatory drugs, per patient preference or physician recommendation).
    • The Constant-Murley score, a composite measure of pain, function, and activities of daily living, was recorded.
    • Xerostomia (dry mouth due to a lack of saliva) was also assessed.

    And, the results.

    • Constant-Murley scores improved significantly more in the acupuncture group.
    • Acupuncture produced significantly greater improvement in reported xerostomia.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Although further study is needed, these data support the potential role of acupuncture in addressing post-neck dissection pain and dysfunction, as well as xerostomia.”

    4/22/10 20:45 JR

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