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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    Hand washing and the risk of infection

    Does it matter if you use antibacterial soap?

    First, the details.

    • Researchers from the University of Michigan searched 4 electronic databases.
    • The data from 30 studies were re-analyzed — meta-analysis.

    And, the results.

    • Improvements in hand hygiene resulted a 31% reduction in gastrointestinal illness.
    • There was also a 21% reduction in respiratory illness.
    • The most beneficial intervention was hand-hygiene education combined with using nonantibacterial soap.
    • Using antibacterial soap showed little added benefit compared to nonantibacterial soap.

    The bottom line?
    Journal Watch comments, “The finding that plain soap works as well as antibacterial soaps is reassuring, given concerns that use of antibacterial soaps might actually promote emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

    9/11/08 20:51 JR

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