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Placebo Effect Enhances Migraine Drug
2014-01-09 08:33:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new study of migraine sufferers is the latest to demonstrate the remarkable power of the placebo effect, finding that what a doctor tells you when prescribing medicine can influence your body's response to it. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, compared the effects of the common migraine drug Maxalt (rizatriptan) to an inactive placebo (sugar pill) in 66 sufferers of chronic migraine...

2013-03-21 10:19:40

A survey of UK doctors found that 97% have prescribed placebo treatments to patients at least once in their career. Researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Southampton in the UK discovered that 97% of doctors have used 'impure' placebo treatments, while 12% have used 'pure' placebos. 'Impure' placebos are treatments that are unproven, such as antibiotics for suspected viral infections, or more commonly non-essential physical examinations and blood tests performed to reassure...

Unconscious Mind Plays Significant Role In Placebo Effect
2012-09-11 13:03:27

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The unconscious mind plays a key role in the placebo effect, researchers have found, allowing them to identify a novel mechanism that helps explain the power of placebos and nocebos. The new finding demonstrates that the placebo effect can be activated outside of conscious awareness, and provide an explanation for how patients can show clinical improvement even when they receive treatments devoid of active ingredients or of known...

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...

2012-03-14 20:54:13

A scale developed to measure the potential harm caused by invasive placebos in local anaesthesia research has been successfully tested by a group of 43 independent clinicians. The consultant anaesthetists were asked to assess the risk of harm posed by control group interventions described in ten published clinical anaesthesia studies using the Serious Harm and Morbidity (SHAM) scale. There was substantial agreement between the 22 consultants who were given clinical examples to...

2011-07-14 13:10:28

Study describes subjective and objective measures of patient improvement in asthma patients receiving bronchodilator treatment vs placebo treatments vs. no treatment at all Placebos are "dummy pills" often used in research trials to test new drug therapies and the "placebo effect" is the benefit patients receive from a treatment that has no active ingredients. Many claim that the placebo effect is a critical component of clinical practice. But whether or not placebos can actually influence...

2011-07-14 07:16:39

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--Placebos are often referred to as "dummy pills" in research trials for new drug therapies, but whether or not placebos can actually influence objective measures of disease has been unclear. A recent study led by Harvard Medical School investigators at Brigham and Women's hospital (BWH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, analyzed the impact of two placebo treatments versus standard medical treatments in asthma patients. The study concluded that when it came to...

2011-05-13 10:44:23

Recent survey shows Canadian psychiatrists more ready than other physicians to acknowledge the benefits of placebos They may be uncomfortable talking about it, but it's definitely going on. A recent survey, led by McGill Psychiatry Professor and Senior Lady Davis Institute Researcher Amir Raz, reports that one in five respondents "“ physicians and psychiatrists in Canadian medical schools "“ have administered or prescribed a placebo. Moreover, an even higher proportion of...

2010-10-19 16:00:32

Much of medicine is based on what is considered the strongest possible evidence: The placebo-controlled trial. A paper published in the October 19 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine "“ entitled "What's In Placebos: Who Knows?" calls into question this foundation upon which much of medicine rests, by showing that there is no standard behind the standard "“ no standard for the placebo. The thinking behind relying on placebo-controlled trials is this: to be sure a treatment itself...

2010-06-16 13:16:27

Gels, creams and sprays containing painkillers such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, ketoprofen, and piroxicam are safe and effective treatments for local pain, according to Cochrane Researchers. A new systematic review they have conducted shows that topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are more effective than placebos for treating short-term pain and have few side effects. Topical NSAIDs are usually applied as gels, creams or sprays, to the specific areas of the body where pain is...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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