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PCORI Includes ‘CAM’ in First Funding Announcement

By Glenn Sabin

PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) is the independent non-governmental (like Institute of Medicine) entity mandated from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. With over $1 billion dollars in hand to be used exclusively for comparative effectiveness research over the next seven years, the Institute is charged with investigating the “relative health outcomes, clinical effectiveness, and appropriateness” of various medical interventions, products and procedures by assessing existing studies and implementing its own original research.

Recently Integrator Blog publisher-editor John Weeks wrote a post that included the following news and commentary. Weeks, a writer, organizer, read more…

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Of Course Preventive Medicine Will Save Money—But Not the Government’s Current Definition of the Intervention

By Glenn Sabin


Sharon Begley’s recent Reuters piece, Think Preventive Medicine Will Save Money? Think Again, brought renewed attention to the seemingly low economic benefits of preventive medicine, as currently defined. New findings are out from Trust for America’s Health’s new report, and their outlined plan “to move from sick care to health care in four years.”

Begley’s piece homed in on screenings that have shown positive economic impact, such as education efforts to counsel patients on using baby aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, screening pregnant woman for HIV and certain immunizations.

However, some of the best-known preventive read more…

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Use Of Complementary And Alternative Therapies By Rural African Americans With Type 2 Diabetes

Randy A. Jones, PhD, RN; Sharon Utz, PhD, RN; Jennifer Wenzel, PhD, RN; Richard Steeves, PhD, FNP, FAAN; Ivora Hinton, PhD; Dana Andrews, BSN, RN; Alison Murphy, BSN, RN; Norman Oliver, MD

Despite advances in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diabetes, the disease continues to be a serious health problem in the United States. In 2002, diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and was associated with numerous complications, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation.1-3 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the read more…

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Does Complementary and Alternative Medicine Represent Only Placebo Therapies?

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is something you heard about from your hairdresser, who thinks she saw it on Oprah a category that . . . includes acupuncture, homeopathy, healing magnets and assorted herbs and supplements.1 This is a quote from Jerry Adler’s editorial in the December 1, 2007, issue of Newsweek titled, “A Big Dose of Skepticism.” The editorial represents a strong shot across the bow of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health as well as the tens of thousands of licensed CAM practitioners read more…

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