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2012-05-31 11:58:10

The American Medical Association's Code of Ethics prohibits physicians from prescribing treatments that they consider to be placebos unless the patients know this and agree to take them anyway. But this policy is not clearly the best way to protect or benefit patients, concludes an The American Medical Association's Code of Ethics prohibits physicians from prescribing treatments that they consider to be placebos unless the patients know this and agree to take them anyway. But this policy is...

2012-05-22 05:22:15

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — There has always been a large focus on testing new treatments for cancer and disease, but a new study on Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) sheds light on the importance of testing standard treatment, as it could present fatal risks as well. IPF is a progressive lung-scarring disease that affects nearly 100,000 Americans and robs the patients´ ability to breathe freely. Its causes are not clear, making it an "idiopathic" disease, and it is considered...

2012-05-21 12:40:52

Results show importance of rigorous, placebo-controlled, independent evaluation of treatments for any disease A combination of three drugs used worldwide as the standard of care for a serious lung disease puts patients in danger of death or hospitalization, and should not be used together to treat the disease, called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, according to the surprising results of a rigorous independent study. The study, which will appear online May 20 in the New England Journal of...


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