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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    Review: Omega-3 fatty acids to treat autistic spectrum disorder

    Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco tell us the evidence is minimal.

    First, the details.

    • 143 articles were found.
    • 6 studies were worth including in the review.

    And, the results.

    • 1 small study of 13 people randomly assigned patients to omega-3 or placebo and reported non-significant improvements in hyperactivity and stereotypy (repetitive or ritualistic movement, posture, or utterance).
    • Among the other 5 studies (ranging from 1 to 30 people) 4 reported improvements in language and learning skills, parental observations of general health and behavior, a clinician-administered symptom scale, and clinical observations of anxiety.

    The bottom line?

    There’s insufficient scientific evidence to determine if omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for autistic spectrum disorders.

    Several years ago it was suggested that an increase in omega-3 fatty acids, in particular DHA, may cause changes in the neurological and immune system, and may to be associated with autism.

    2/13/10 22:30 JR

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