Tuesday, 14 January 2014

What's in a sugar pill? Maybe more than you think

nbcnews.com - Doctors trying to use psychology to boost the power of migraine medication have made a startling discovery about how attitude can affect pain. They found that people felt relief from placebos — sugar pills — even when they knew they were taking placebos. While a real pain drug always worked better than placebo, the researchers also found a kind of “reverse-placebo” effect. If patients thought they were getting a placebo, the real drug didn’t work as well as it should have, the report in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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