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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    Magnets to treat major depression

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was effective and safe in this study from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

    First, the details.

    • 301 patients with major depression who hadn’t benefited from prior treatment were randomly assigned active or sham TMS.
    • The patients were taking no drugs and didn’t know their group assignment.
    • Sessions were conducted 5 times per week for 4 to 6 weeks.

    And, the results.

    • Response and remission were better in patients who received active TMS vs sham TMS.
    • Only about 5% of those treated dropped out of the study.
    • Side effects were generally mild and limited to transient scalp discomfort or pain.

    The bottom line?
    About 20% to 40% of patients with major depressive disorder do not benefit from antidepressants and psychotherapy.

    TMS might be an alternative treatment, concluded the authors.

    12/21/07 18:24 JR

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