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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    Simplified tai-chi benefits the elderly in long-term care

    Providing a simplified tai-chi exercise program (STEP) in long-term care facilities can promote physical health in older adults.

    That’s the conclusion from a study in Taiwan.
    In two veteran homes, 51 older men were recruited to participate in a six-month study. All of the participants were alert and able to walk without assistance. None had dementia.

    The STEP consisted of one 50-minute session three times a week for six months.

    At the end of the study the participants had a significant drop in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, increased hand-grip strength, and better lower body flexibility.

    A brief description of a STEP is provided here.

    1/16/07 20:46 JR

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