Neuroscience

Study confirms that cannabis is beneficial for multiple sclerosis

Cannabis can reduce spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. A systematic review, published in the open access journal BMC Neurology, found that five out six randomized controlled trials reported a reduction in spasticity ...

Medical research

Placebos work -- even without deception

(PhysOrg.com) -- For most of us, the "placebo effect" is synonymous with the power of positive thinking; it works because you believe you're taking a real drug. But a new study rattles this assumption.

Cardiology

Statins don't cause muscle pain: study

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may have been wrongly blamed for muscle pain and weakness, said a study Wednesday that pointed the finger at a psychological phenomenon called the "nocebo" effect.

Attention deficit disorders

Healthy eating may help ADHD kids: US study

Simply eating healthier may improve the behavior of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder if therapy and medication fail, said a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Other

Shock therapy to help erectile dysfunction

(Medical Xpress) -- A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine shows that a little shock to the penis may help treat severe erectile dysfunction that does not respond well to prescription drug treatments.

Medications

Re-framing the placebo effect and informed consent

(Medical Xpress)—Imagine that your doctor knows from evidence-based studies that if he tells you about certain, small side-effects to a particular drug, you are significantly more likely to experience that side effect than ...

Medications

How does the color of a pill affect its efficacy?

According to recent research the color, shape, taste and even name of a tablet or pill can have an effect on how patients feel about their medication. Choose an appropriate combination and the placebo effect gives the pill ...

Neuroscience

Placebo sweet spot for pain relief found in brain

Scientists have identified for the first time the region in the brain responsible for the "placebo effect" in pain relief, when a fake treatment actually results in substantial reduction of pain, according to new research ...

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