andrewducker + placebo   15

The science of voodoo: When mind attacks body
A retrospective study of 15 trials involving thousands of patients prescribed either beta blockers or a control showed that both groups reported comparable levels of side effects, including fatigue, depressive symptoms and sexual dysfunction. A similar number had to withdraw from the studies because of them.
nocebo  placebo  drugs  mind  body  psychology 
may 2009 by andrewducker
Vitamin supplements do not reduce cancer risk
The researchers gave vitamins C, E, beta-carotene or placebo pills to patients and followed their progress for an average of nearly 10 years. The results showed that the supplements, either on their own or in combination, did not protect the women against cancer.
research  cancer  placebo  vitamins 
december 2008 by andrewducker
Religious belief can help relieve pain
Brain scans of volunteers who were subjected to electrical shocks revealed that Roman Catholics felt less pain than atheists and agnostics when they were shown a painting of the Virgin Mary.

"The Roman Catholics engaged a brain mechanism that is well known from research into the placebo effect, analgesia and emotional disengagement," said Wiech. "It helps people to reinterpret pain, and make it less threatening. These people felt safe by looking at the Virgin Mary, they felt looked after, so the whole context of the test changed for them."
science  religion  pain  health  placebo 
october 2008 by andrewducker

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