Study: Placebos work, even if you know you’re taking them

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December 23, 2010
Boston Globe    
Posted in News, PND News

"Take two sugar pills and call me in the morning. That could become the new mantra of doctors everywhere if a new Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study showing the power of the placebo holds water in the real world. The researchers got some astounding results when they gave placebos ... to patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome for three weeks. Nearly 60 percent reported an improvement in their symptoms. ... But ... [t]he placebo takers knew they were popping the equivalent of sugar pills." (12/23/10)  

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