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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    Quality of life and well-being in HIV patients

    Researchers from University of Zurich in Switzerland report that cognitive behavioral stress management (CBSM) improved both.

    First, the details.

    • 104 HIV-infected persons were treated with combination antiretroviral therapy (cART).
    • Each person had CD4 cell counts greater than 100 cells/mm3
    • They were randomly assigned to group sessions of CBSM lasting 2 hours every week or to standard medical care for 12 months.

    And, the results.

    • 77 people completed the study.
    • The CBSM group showed significant benefits in quality of life scores, physical health, mental health, and depression compared to the standard medical care group.
    • No differences were found between groups in CD4 cell count and viral load.
    • There was no difference in drug adherence between the groups.

    The bottom line?
    As expected, the authors concluded, CBSM training of HIV-infected persons did not change the response to HIV/AIDS treatment. But, “cART has lasting effects on quality of life and psychological well-being.”

    6/4/08 20:52 JR

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