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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    Smart acupuncture

    Fast Company reports that a new system links to a readout and shows how much electrical activity the needles are stimulating in a patient’s muscles.

    Here’s what we know.

    • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed technology that might make acupuncture more productive by pairing needles with small polyester patches and silicon chip wireless technology.
    • Acupuncturists use it to monitor their patient’s electromyography (EMG) signals and body temperature and modify the electric current to achieve the desired result.
      • EMG measured electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles.
    • For maximum energy efficiency and affordability, smart acupuncture uses the human body (instead of Bluetooth or Zigbee) to transmit signals — a technique called body area network or body channel communication.
    • The setup makes it possible to deliver electro-acupuncture without special facilities, which could make it attractive to developing countries and new practitioners.

    The bottom line?

    The real-time monitoring may also make electro-acupuncture safer and more effective, according to the developers.

    Studies, please.

    7/20/12 17:39 JR

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