Is Part of a Drug's Power Thinking that it will Work?

January 12, 2014 9:03 PM

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Previous studies have shown that believing in the effectiveness of a new medication may be half of the reason it works for certain patients. Of course there are medical components to every medicine, but a recent study shows how expectation of the medicine working can also show whether it may increase health benefits.

According to lead study author Ted Kaptchuk, he notes that when patients in the midst of a migraine attack took a dummy pill that was thought to be a widely used migraine drug, it reduced their pain roughly as much as when they took the real drug. However, scientists told them that the actual medica...

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