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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    Treatment options for insomnia in children and adults

    Chronic insomnia affects nearly 16% of adults and up to 25% of children.

    If you’re in this group, researchers from the University of North Texas list non-drug treatment options that will prepare you for your doctor’s visit.

    First, the details.

    • The authors reviewed the research in adults and children with insomnia.
    • They list treatments with the highest level of research support.

    And, the results.

    In adults…

    • Psychological treatment with the best research support:
      • Stimulus control
      • Progressive muscle relaxation
      • Multimodal cognitive-behavioral therapy
    • Supported by less research:
      • Multimodal behavioral therapy
      • Sleep restriction
      • Biofeedback\paradoxical intention

    In children…

    • Psychological treatments with the highest level of research support:
      • Preventive parent education
      • Unmodified extinction
      • Extinction with parental presence
    • Supported by less research:
      • Graduated extinction
      • Bedtime fading/positive routines
      • Scheduled awakenings

    The bottom line?

    Most people have probably not heard of half of these options or recognize them only vaguely.

    A review by researchers in the US and Canada published in 2006 provides descriptions and discussions of these treatment options.

    10/11/10 20:56 JR

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