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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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Benefits of balance and tone exercise in older women

    Researchers at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada studied the effects on cognitive function.

    First, the details.

    • 155 elderly community-dwelling women were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
      • Once-weekly resistance training
      • Twice-weekly resistance training
      • Control: Twice-weekly balance and tone training
    • Performance on the Stroop test — an executive cognitive test of selective attention and conflict resolution — was recorded, as well as a battery of other tests.
      • The Stroop Task is a psychological test of mental (attentional) vitality and flexibility.

    And, the results.

    • Both resistance training groups significantly improved their performance on the Stroop test compared with those in the control group.
    • Task performance improved 13% and 11% in the once-weekly and twice-weekly resistance training groups, respectively.
    • It deteriorated by 0.5% in the control group.
    • Enhanced selective attention and conflict resolution was significantly associated with increased gait speed.
    • Both resistance training groups demonstrated significant reductions in whole-brain volume compared with the control group at the end of the study.
      • This technique is a method of detecting early whole brain and gray matter volume loss associated with early dementia.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “12 months of once-weekly or twice-weekly resistance training benefited the executive cognitive function of selective attention and conflict resolution among senior women.”

    3/29/10 22:06 JR

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