The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Benefits of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in stroke patients

    A single session of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to the unaffected part of the brain can improve motor function in stroke patients.

    Here are the details of the study.

    • 15 patients with chronic stroke received 5 treatments
    • They were followed for 2 weeks
    • rTMS increased the magnitude and duration of the ability to use and control muscles and movements (motor effects) in the affected hand
    • Reaction time in the patients’ stroke-affected hands got 30% faster after 5 days of treatment, and the effect lasted for 2 weeks
    • More treatments lead to greater effect
    • Patients were 10%, 20%, 27%, and 30% faster on days 2, 3, 4, and 5 of treatment, respectively.
    • There were no negative effects on thought processes (cognitive effects) or seizure activity

    More research with 21st century magnets can be found in earlier posts on major depression, neuropathic pain, and as a research tool in Alzheimer’s disease.

    9/24/06 14:14 JR

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