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.

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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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    Music therapy to treat acquired brain injury

    Acquired brain injury is caused by stroke, an aneurysm, or an infection and may result in problems with movement, language, sensation, thinking, or emotion.

    In this Cochrane Review, researchers in the US and UK evaluated the efficacy of music therapy as an option for rehabilitation.

    First, the details.

    • 7 studies (184 participants) were included.
    • Music therapy + standard care was compared to standard care alone or standard care + other therapies.
    • Changes in gait, upper extremity function, communication, mood and emotions, social skills, pain, behavioral outcomes, activities of daily living, and adverse events were evaluated.

    And, the results.

    • Rhythmic auditory stimulation may be beneficial for improving gait in stroke patients including…
      • Gait velocity
      • Cadence
      • Stride length
      • Gait symmetry
        • These results were based on 2 studies with a low risk of bias.
    • There were insufficient data to examine the effect of music therapy on other outcomes.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Rhythmic auditory stimulation may be beneficial for gait improvement in people with stroke.”

    They would like to see more studies before making a recommendations for day-to-day patient care.

    7/11/10 19:15 JR

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