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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.

  • 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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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Opportunities for memory training and non-drug treatments to slow dementia

    The results of the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study were summarized here recently.

    Now, Dr. Sally Shumaker, professor of public health sciences and associate dean for research at Wake Forest University Medical School, writes about the study’s implications in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    She believes, “The ACTIVE study is an important step toward demonstrating the feasibility of enrolling older adults in a long-term study of a cognitive training [eg, perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning] intervention.”

    Matching cognitive training with an older person’s risk profile is an intriguing possibility. For example, training that focuses on memory may be best for those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

    “Once they are standardized and developed for mass markets, cognitive training programs might be available to seniors through churches, schools, and senior centers,” says Dr. Shumaker.

    “Importantly, cognitive training programs may give individuals a greater sense of control over the disturbing prospect of cognitive decline and have a beneficial effect on their quality of life.”

    Let’s hope so, because what’s currently available to slow dementia and manage Alzheimer’s disease is of minimal value.

    12/23/06 16:34 JR

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