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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Treatment options for insomnia in children and adults

    Chronic insomnia affects nearly 16% of adults and up to 25% of children.

    If you’re in this group, researchers from the University of North Texas list non-drug treatment options that will prepare you for your doctor’s visit.

    First, the details.

    • The authors reviewed the research in adults and children with insomnia.
    • They list treatments with the highest level of research support.

    And, the results.

    In adults…

    • Psychological treatment with the best research support:
      • Stimulus control
      • Progressive muscle relaxation
      • Multimodal cognitive-behavioral therapy
    • Supported by less research:
      • Multimodal behavioral therapy
      • Sleep restriction
      • Biofeedback\paradoxical intention

    In children…

    • Psychological treatments with the highest level of research support:
      • Preventive parent education
      • Unmodified extinction
      • Extinction with parental presence
    • Supported by less research:
      • Graduated extinction
      • Bedtime fading/positive routines
      • Scheduled awakenings

    The bottom line?

    Most people have probably not heard of half of these options or recognize them only vaguely.

    A review by researchers in the US and Canada published in 2006 provides descriptions and discussions of these treatment options.

    10/11/10 20:56 JR

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