July 26, 2014
A ZEN COHEN...:
Tylenol and Panadol Prove No Better Than Placebo at Helping Back Pain (Eliana Dockterman, July 24, 2014, TIME)
A study published this week in a medical journal called The Lancet split 1,643 people with acute low-back pain into three groups, each given two boxes. One group received two boxes of 500-miligram acetaminophen tablets, with instructions to use the second box "as needed'; the second group got a box of acetaminophen and an as-needed box of placebos; and the third group received two boxes of placebos. Researchers told the participants to take six tablets per day from the regular box and up to two from the as-needed box.Over the course of three months, the researchers found no difference among the three groups.
...is this a reflection of the ineffectiveness of the drug or the effectiveness of placebo?Posted by Orrin Judd at July 26, 2014 11:09 AM