The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is 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.

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    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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