A fascinating new study finds patients report worse side effects when a drug costs more money.
Whether it’s the new iPhone, a Blu-ray movie with deleted scenes or a simple firmware update people are obsessed with the new and improved, and according to researchers at the University of York, there’s a good reason: New features can create a placebo effect for an experience feeling more fun and immersive.
Placebos are the miracle pills that shouldn’t really do anything. They come in all shapes and sizes, but they contain no active ingredient. And yet, mysteriously, they often seem to work.
A cure in the mind.
The mind really does possess its own healing power, according to a study that found dummy pills work even when patients know they are fake. Described as the “placebo effect”, patients have long been known to show improvements when given bogus drugs and told they are real.
It’s not all in the mind — the so-called placebo effect is real and reaches right down to the spine, German scientists said. The finding may help in the hunt for better ways to tackle pain and other disorders.
Mild noninvasive electrical current to brain could help stroke patients
A simple, inexpensive device that delivers electrical current to the brain noninvasively could help stroke patients recover lost motor ability. According to a new study, the treatment–transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)–in combination with occupational therapy boosted recovery better than either treatment on its own.
Ever miss your daily cup of coffee and subsequently get a pounding headache? According to reports from consumers of coffee and other caffeinated products, caffeine withdrawal is often characterized by a headache, fatigue, feeling less alert, less energetic and experiencing difficulty concentrating.
A new study has shown that caffeine gets to work in as little as ten minutes and also has a greater effect on men.
The French call it “la gueule de bois,” or wooden mouth. For Germans, it’s “Kater,” or a tomcat. Japanese know it as “futsukayoi,” or “two-days drunk.” But whatever the language and wherever it takes place, a hangover is the same: headache, nausea, shaking, blurred vision, biliousness, dry mouth… the list of evils is long.
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