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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  • Recent Comments

    Do fancy keyboards improve work-related arm, neck, or shoulder complaints?

    Ergonomic adjustments (modified keyboard layouts and ergonomic advice) play a major role in treating most work-related complaints.

    This Cochrane review concludes that the scientific support is underwhelming.

    People with chronic nonspecific neck or shoulder complaints, or nonspecific upper extremity disorders were evaluated in 17 (generally poor quality) studies.

    And, the results.

    • Limited evidence for the effectiveness of keyboards with an alternative force-displacement or an alternative geometry of the keys.
    • Limited evidence for the effectiveness of exercises vs massage, or for taking breaks during computer work vs no breaks.
    • Limited evidence for massage as add-on treatment to manual therapy, and for manual therapy as an add-on treatment to exercises.

    The bottom line?
    Another industry based on sizzle rather than science.

    10/13/07 15:02 JR

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