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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    Understanding the jargon of medical research

    I try to avoid jargon when blogging, but sometimes it’s necessary in order to present the results of clinical trials and their implications clearly.

    • Evidence-based medicine: a systematic review to evaluate research findings for the clinical care of patients
    • Meta-analysis: a statistical technique for combining the findings from independent studies in order to assess the clinical effectiveness of healthcare interventions
    • Confidence interval: a measure of treatment effect, preferable to p-values
    • Cost-effectiveness: compares the costs and health effects of an intervention to assess its worth from an economic perspective
    • Quality of life: emotional, social and physical wellbeing, and the ability to function in the ordinary tasks of living

    These terms and others are defined and discussed on the Bandolier website.

    7/29/06 19:56 JR

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