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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    Multisensory stimulation for patients with Alzheimer’s disease

    Researchers from the University of Missouri, Kansas City measured changes in inappropriate behavior.

    First, the details.

    • Patients with Alzheimer’s disease living in a long-term care facility were assigned to a treatment group.
      • Exposure to a multisensory stimulation environment
      • No exposure to a multisensory stimulation environment
    • Documented disruptive behavior included pacing, exit-seeking activities, hitting, yelling, and aggressive talking.

    And, the results.

    • Exposure to a multisensory stimulation environment was associated with fewer incidences of disruptive behavior, but not the behaviors present.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “The use of these interventions [multisensory stimulation environment], where feasible, should be considered prior to the use of pharmacological methods.”

    There’s disagreement over the value of multisensory stimulation environment (also called Snoezelen), as discussed here.

    2/15/10 22:02 JR

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