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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    Vitamin D and the risk of falls in the elderly

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, reviewed the evidence.

    First, the details.

    • There were 26 eligible studies of moderate quality that enrolled 45,782 participants, the majority of which were elderly and female.

    And, the results.

    • Vitamin D use was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of falls.
    • This effect was more prominent in patients who were vitamin D deficient at the start and in studies in which calcium was taken with vitamin D.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded that in older women, “Vitamin D combined with calcium reduces the risk of falls.” However, “The reduction in studies without calcium coadministration did not reach statistical significance.”

    Taking vitamin D should be part of a comprehensive program to lower the risk of falls.

    11/1/11 20:12 JR

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