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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    Drinking green tea and the risk of depression

    Green tea reportedly has various beneficial effects (eg, anti–stress and anti-inflammatory).

    Japanese researchers conducted the first study designed to assess the relationship between green tea and depressive symptoms in a community population.

    First, the details.

    • 1058 community-dwelling elderly Japanese individuals completed a questionnaire.
    • Depressive symptoms were evaluated using the 30-item Geriatric Depression Scale.
    • Participant taking antidepressants were considered to have depression.

    And, the results.

    • Mild-to-severe and severe depressive symptoms were reported in 34% and 20%, respectively.
    • After adjusting for confounding factors, higher green tea consumption was significantly associated with a lower prevalence of depressive symptoms.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Consumption of green tea may have a potentially beneficial effect on the prevention of depressive symptoms.”

    More studies are needed to support these findings.

    12/24/10 20:31 JR

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