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Capsule Reviews

By | August 1, 2014

The Myth of Mirror Neurons, Curious, Shadow Medicine, and Doctored

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Placebo’s Double Whammy

By | October 14, 2013

Sham treatments can both reduce pain and increase pleasure, and do so affecting similar circuitry in the brain.

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Worried Sick

By | July 1, 2013

Expectations can make you ill. Fear can make you fragile. Understanding the nocebo effect may help prevent this painful phenomenon.

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Rats Get Placebo Effect

By | November 28, 2012

Rodents experience placebo-induced pain relief, providing a new model with which to investigate the phenomenon.

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Personality Predicts Placebo Effect

By | November 16, 2012

People with certain personality traits are more likely to get pain relief from a placebo, a finding that could help improve clinical trials.

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A Placebo for Schizophrenia?

By | June 26, 2012

The placebo effect in clinical trials of the mental disorder has increased over the past decade.

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Placebos Use Pot Receptor

By | October 5, 2011

Some pain-relief placebos work in part by activating a cannabinoid receptor, stimulating the same pathway as marijuana.

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Placebo of HIV Trials

By | July 14, 2011

A new study confirms that a “trial effect”—in which patients improve simply as a result of taking part in a drug study—once existed among HIV trial participants.

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Puzzle Me This

By | February 1, 2011

What substance is supposed to have no effect but can make people feel better, has no chance for a big monetary payoff but is worth billions, and is used in virtually every rigorous clinical trial but has no single, universal formulation? 

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