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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...

Doctors Experience Pain, Relief Based On Patient Treatment Reactions
2013-01-29 13:24:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School has shown that doctor´s actually experience pain and relief based on their patients' reactions to treatment. The study, which was done by performing brain scans on doctors as they treated patients, provides new insight into the doctor-patient relationship. "Our findings showed that the same brain regions...

Placebo Effect Research: Important Implications For Patient Care
2012-10-24 12:37:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For the first time, researchers have identified genetic differences between placebo responders and non-responders. The new findings demonstrate that genetic differences that account for variations in the brain's dopamine levels help determine the extent of a person's placebo response. This discovery has important implications for patient care, and could also prove to be a significant benefit to researchers in designing and...

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...

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...

2010-12-23 09:10:00

Placebos can be effective in medical treatments--even if the patients taking them know that they're not actual medications, researchers from Harvard Medical School's (HMS) Osher Research Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have discovered. In the study, researchers selected 80 individuals who were suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and divided them into two groups. The first received no treatment, while the others were given placebos, told that they were...

Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.