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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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    Review: Exercise for diseases that limit movement in the elderly

    elderly fallResearchers from Keio University School of Medicine, in Tokyo, Japan make concise conclusions.

    Here are the highlights.

    Lumbar spinal stenosis

    • There’s insufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of exercise.
    • Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal canal narrows, compressing the spinal cord and nerves.

    Mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee

    • Muscle strengthening and aerobic exercises reduce pain and improve physical function.

    Postmenopausal women

    • Aerobics, weight bearing and resistance exercises increase bone mineral density of the spine.
    • Walking is beneficial to the hips.

    The elderly

    • Muscle strengthening, balance training, and traditional Chinese tai chi reduce the risk of falling.

    The bottom line?
    The authors recommend to select appropriate exercises for elderly patients — especially those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knee or osteoporosis.

    11/29/09 20:28 JR

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