January 9, 2016

A LITTLE PAIN NEVER HURT ANYBODY:

A Placebo Treatment for Pain (JO MARCHANT, JAN. 9, 2016, NY Times)


This phenomenon -- in which someone feels better after receiving fake treatment -- was once dismissed as an illusion. People who are ill often improve regardless of the treatment they receive. But neuroscientists are discovering that in some conditions, including pain, placebos create biological effects similar to those caused by drugs. [...]

Placebo effects in pain are so large, in fact, that drug manufacturers are finding it hard to beat them. 

Posted by at January 9, 2016 5:37 PM

  

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