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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    Non-drug treatments for dementia

    Dementia_eResearchers from the University of Leeds, in the UK reviewed the options for caregivers of patients with dementia.

    First, the details.

    • 33 studies were identified; 25 were judged to be high or good quality.
    • Studies were characterized by weak study designs with small numbers of patients.

    And, the results.

    • Treatments that were effective for use with particular symptoms of dementia.
      • Music or music therapy
      • Hand massage
      • Gentle touch
      • Physical activity/exercise

    The bottom line?

    The authors believe that caregivers should make the most of these options.

    For treatments that require more structured activities, healthcare professionals should facilitate a patient’s participation.

    12/20/09 20:49 JR

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