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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    Archive for the 'Alcohol Sanitizers' Category

    Improving alcohol-based hand wipes

    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for hand hygiene state that alcohol-based hand wipes are not an effective substitute for alcohol-based hand rub or hand washing with an antimicrobial soap and water.

    So, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania upped the alcohol content of the wipes. (more…)

    Soap and water wipes reduce infections in wrestlers

    Saturday, February 19th, 2011

    Medscape reports from the 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy that researchers at the University of Minneapolis, in Minnesota, studied high school wrestlers who used skin wipes after each match during a marathon day of wrestling.

    The objective was to compare soap and water to alcohol swabs. (more…)

    Swine flu not affected by hand sanitizers

    Monday, September 13th, 2010

    During the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), researchers from the University of Virginia reported that regular use of alcohol-based disinfecting hand gels has little effect on the Swine flu infection rate. (more…)

    Wash your hands

    Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

    Done properly, it’s “one of the best ways to avoid getting sick,” according to


    Reducing swine flu transmission

    Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

    Medscape has an interview with Dr. Georges Benjamin (photo), who is executive director of the American Public Health Association.

    Highlights follow. (more…)