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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    Linking vitamin D and depression

    Researchers at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas, investigated the association between vitamin D blood levels and depression.

    First, the details.

    • 12,594 clinic patients were studied.
    • Blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] were analyzed.
    • Depression was defined as a Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) score of 10 or more.
    • Those with and without a history of depression represented 2 distinct populations with respect to CES-D scores and were analyzed separately.

    And, the results.

    • Higher vitamin D levels were associated with a significantly decreased risk of current depression based on CES-D scores.
    • The finding was stronger in those with a prior history of depression and not significant in those without a history of depression.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Low vitamin D levels are associated with depressive symptoms, especially in persons with a history of depression.”

    “These findings suggest that primary care patients with a history of depression may be an important target for assessment of vitamin D levels.”

    2/14/12 22:02 JR

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