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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    Childhood apraxia of speech

     Apraxia is a disorder of the nervous system where there’s an inability to carry out learned purposeful movements such as speech, despite having the desire and physical ability.

    Surprisingly, a lack of high quality studies makes it impossible to know which treatments are most effective in children or adolescents, according to this Cochrane review.

    First, the details.

    • A literature search for well-designed studies in children aged 3 to 16 years with childhood apraxia of speech was conducted using several databases.
    • The authors assessed titles and abstracts identified from the searches and obtained full articles of all potentially relevant articles.
    • Articles were assessed for design and risk of bias.

    And, the results.

    • Among 825 titles and abstracts, 31 abstracts appeared to be worth including in the review.
    • But after reading the 31 articles, no studies could be included in this review.

    The bottom line?
    The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders agrees, “No single [treatment] approach has been proven to be the most effective.”

    Treatment options are left to the discretion of the therapist after assessing the patient.

    I guess we need more studies.

    10/20/08 21:35 JR

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