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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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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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    Benefits of tai chi in patients with kidney disease

    Researchers at Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, in Hong Kong, China, studied patients with end-stage kidney disease — complete, or almost complete failure of the kidneys to function.

    The hardest part is maintaining commitment.

    First, the details.

    • 72 participants were advised to exercise following the 30-minute demonstration on a videotape of low-capacity aerobic exercise based on tai chi.
    • Encouragement was given over the telephone.
    • Self-reports on practice were recorded in a logbook.
    • The effect of the program was evaluated 3 months after the program.
    • Outcomes assessment included functional mobility (timed “Up & Go” test), muscle flexibility (“Sit & Reach” test), physical capacity (“Six-Minute Walk”), and quality of life [Kidney Disease Quality of Life Short Form (KDQOL-SF)].

    And, the results.

    • Over time, 39 participants (54%) dropped out.
    • Significant improvements were observed in the timed “Up & Go” and “Sit & Reach” tests.
    • There were also significant improvements in the “Six-Minute Walk” and in KDQOL-SF scores for emotional well-being.
    • Changes in the burden of kidney disease and general health were insignificant.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Physically, patients with end-stage renal disease benefit from home-based low-capacity aerobic exercise. A home-based program provides an alternative to outdoor and group exercise.”

    But the high rate of drop outs (more than half) suggests it’s a hard sell.

    3/5/11 19:30 JR

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