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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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    Foot massage for patients with dementia

    Researchers at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, studied the effects of foot massage on agitated behaviors.

    First, the details.

    • 22 elderly men and women with a diagnosis of dementia and a history of clinically significant agitation received a 10-minute foot massage each day for 14 days.
    • The short form of the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI-SF) and the Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist (RMBPC) were used to assess the response.

    And, the results.

    • Both scores were significantly reduced after message and remained significantly lower than at the start of the study at the 2-week follow up.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “This study provides preliminary evidence suggesting that limited short-duration foot massage reduces agitation and related behavioral problems in people with dementia, and that these behavior changes are maintained after the massage ceases.”

    Next, we need a study in more patients with a comparison of massage to a no treatment control group

    9/21/11 21:32 JR

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