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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    The risk of falling among the elderly

    There’s lots of interest in reducing the risk of falls in the elderly. But what are the signs that grandma is at significant risk?

    Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia have complied a list.

    Based on a review of the medical literature, there is strong evidence for the following risk factors.

    • Stroke
    • Dementia
    • Disorders of gait and balance

    Also, A history of falling in the past year strongly predicts the likelihood of future falls.

    The evidence is less strong for the following conditions.

    • Parkinson disease
    • Peripheral neuropathy
    • Lower extremity weakness or sensory loss
    • Substantial vision loss

    There is insufficient evidence to assess whether measuring gait, mobility, and balance offer benefit beyond what can be learned using a standard neurologic examination.

    The bottom line?
    It’s useful information for healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers. I’ll included it in future entries on this topic.

    2/6/08 10:20 JR

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