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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    Vitamin D and the risk of falls in the elderly

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • There were 26 eligible studies of moderate quality that enrolled 45,782 participants, the majority of which were elderly and female.

    And, the results.

    • Vitamin D use was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of falls.
    • This effect was more prominent in patients who were vitamin D deficient at the start and in studies in which calcium was taken with vitamin D.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded that in older women, “Vitamin D combined with calcium reduces the risk of falls.” However, “The reduction in studies without calcium coadministration did not reach statistical significance.”

    Taking vitamin D should be part of a comprehensive program to lower the risk of falls.

    11/1/11 20:12 JR

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