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Placebo Effect

Placebo Effect Puzzle Has Scientists Scratching Their Heads

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.14.2015 | Science

Before a new drug comes to market, it must be proven to be more effective than a placebo. But what happens when a placebo becomes effective in treati...

Even When People KNOW A Pill Is A Placebo, It Still Works

Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living

By Matt Windsor This may not sound like a good idea: 1. Find people in pain. 2. Enroll them in a study. 3. Admit you can't do much to help...

Think Twice Before Getting Knee Surgery

Allen Frances | Posted 05.06.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

There is every reason to believe that surgery is especially prone to placebo effects. The more dramatic the procedure, the more likely it raises hope of cure. "Quick, operate before the patient gets better" is one of those jokes that orthopedic surgeons tell among themselves, barely covering a hard truth: that a lot of elective surgery might be unnecessary or even harmful.

How Not to Talk to Someone Dying of Cancer

Allen Frances | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

We overtrain our doctors on the overvalued technical aspects of medicine and under-train them in the undervalued relational skills that have always been at the heart of healing.

Treating the Ailing Doctor-Patient Relationship

Allen Frances | Posted 11.15.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Hippocrates said: "it is more important to know the patient who has the disease than the disease the patient has." This remains true after 2,500 years and with all the hype of modern medicine.

A Better Way to Approach Pain, and America's Pain-Pill Epidemic

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, and P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Y...

Why Psychotherapy Appears to Work (Even When It Doesn't)

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.17.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

In his classic 1952 paper, Hans Eysenck did not attempt to explain why therapists' beliefs are so resistant to proof -- it was beyond the scope of his analysis. But now a group of psychological scientists are attempting to do just that.

Shooting Stars, Hot Flashes and Feeling Sexy

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president of the National Center for Health Research Q: How is watching shooting stars like taking "pink Via...

A New Diet Each Day May Make the Pounds Go Away

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 05.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

A new diet-a-day will not make the weight go away. What will make it go away is finding and following an eating and exercise plan that works for you, day after day, year after year. Eventually having a fit, thinner, healthy body will no longer be a novelty. It will simply be a way of life.

Placebo Surgery: More Effective Than You Think?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

To be sure, many conditions require surgery, and surgical procedures have contributed to important increases in longevity and quality of life in industrialized settings. But the few sham surgery trials that have been done have likely uncovered the tip of the iceberg.

The Power Of The Placebo: How Your Mind Can Treat And Prevent Disease

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

The science behind the body's surprising ability to heal itself. By Kim Tranell For decades doctors have documented the placebo effect -- in...

Most People Think It's OK For Docs To Prescribe Placebos

Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living

Most people think it's OK for a doctor to prescribe a placebo treatment, according to a recent survey. The survey was conducted by researchers at t...

Harnessing the Power of the Placebo Effect

MeiMei Fox | Posted 08.05.2013 | Small Business
MeiMei Fox

As he dug further into the scientific research, Daniel noticed time and again that doctors would paint the placebo effect in a negative light. They'd be inclined to abandon treatments when placebos generated just as positive a response as medications. But why were they doing this?

Talking Expectations with Chris Berdik

Phil Simon | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
Phil Simon

The human brain has always fascinated me. How person A interprets reality may very well not be the same as how person B does. Why is that the case? And what role do expectations play in the process?

DNA Study Reveals Reason For Placebos' Uneven Effectiveness

Posted 10.24.2012 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 10/23/2012 05:04 PM EDT on LiveScience Your response to placebos, or dummy medicine, may dep...

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The key to the placebo effect is that the patient expects a good outcome, while in the nocebo effect the expectation is of a bad outcome: I will be pleased versus I will not be pleased.

Can a Spoonful of Sugar Really Help the Medicine Go Down?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In medicine, especially when it comes to therapies and evaluating what works and what doesn't, it's crucial even in the 21st century to be wary of what once was dubbed the placebo effect, or as it more properly should be labeled, the placebo response.

Can Digital Medicine Exert a Placebo Effect?

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Is the placebo effect something that demands the presence of a living human -- or can we program it into a cell phone app? What happens to health care...

First, Health Care Excellence

Russ Gerber | Posted 09.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Russ Gerber

Having a higher thought model, an ideal of excellence in all aspects of health care, is the first step toward improving today's health care system and our own health practices.

Take Two Placebo Pills and Call Me in the Morning

Karen S. Rommelfanger, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Science
Karen S. Rommelfanger, Ph.D.

What if placebos and their effects are not as "inert" as we once thought, that they might really provide therapeutic benefit? This raises a new ethical question: Are we harming patients by withholding treatments like placebo therapy that might actually help them?

Overstating the Placebo Effect

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Psychotropic medications are no stranger to controversy, but lately there has been a surge in attacks on their efficacy.

How Do Placebos Relieve Pain?

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.27.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists and doctors have been studying placebos for more than half a century. These inert "sugar pills" remain highly controversial, yet they are widely used in clinical treatment today -- especially in the area of pain management.

How Belief Affects Our Health

Russ Gerber | Posted 02.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Russ Gerber

Sooner or later we'll see for ourselves what Penny Sarchet and countless others have uncovered -- that what we take in, what we believe, has a correlation to our health. The days of thinking that the body operates independent of our beliefs about it are fading away.

Should Health Care Providers Be Afraid of the 'Nocebo' Effect?

Matthew D. Erlich, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew D. Erlich, M.D.

While some negative outcomes have nothing to do with patient expectations (adverse events are known risks with all treatments), the "nocebo effect" is especially pernicious because it can contaminate good care and is preventable.

Pain? What Pain?

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.08.2011 | Sports
Sam Sommers

The idea that there's a mental component to pain is hardly an unfamiliar one. But the more you learn about it, the full extent to which our experience with pain depends on situations is surprising.