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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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    Phototherapy treatment of acne vulgaris

    Researchers from Cairo University in Egypt compared pulsed dye laser (PDL), intense pulsed light (IPL), and light-emitting diode (LED) phototherapy.

    First, the details.

    • 45 patients with moderate to severe acne were randomly divided into 3 equal groups.
      • Group 1 was treated with a PDL.
      • Group 2 was treated with IPL.
      • Group 3 was treated with a blue-red combination LED.
    • Treatment was continued until at least 90% clearance of acne was achieved.
    • Patients were evaluated before starting treatment, at 1 month, and after the final treatment.

    And, the results.

    • Patients treated with the PDL achieved at least 90% clearance of their inflammatory lesions after an average of 4 sessions vs 6 sessions with IPL and 10 sessions with LED.
    • Midway through the study, there was at least a 90% percent reduction in acne lesions treated with the PDL compared to 42% and 35% with IPL and the LED, respectively.
    • Minimal mild and usually self-limiting side effects were reported.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded that the results support phototherapy as a treatment option for moderate to severe acne, and longer-term studies in more patients are warranted.

    12/4/08 20:01 JR

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