U.K. researchers find, in a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of medical (not only psychiatric) treatments that when bias is ruled out and effects are considered on a continuous rather than binary basis, the effect of placebos can be superior to that of active treatments. Results appeared online in PLoS on May 15, 2013.
Placebo vs Antidepressant (video), Timothy Scott, Ph.D.-
The video gets interesting at 3:00 – antidepressant vs *active* placebo (placebo w side effect).
Thanks for posting Duane!
Have a great weekend,
Thank you, David.
We have a tradition of watching the Indy 500 on television. My wife makes homemade chili for the event every year.
And because we have several family members (both sides) who served in the military, we like to visit the veterans cemetery to pay our respects to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
A video for Memorial Day (Photography from National Geographic and music from the US Army Ceremonial Band). –
Have a good weekend too, David
Blimey, this is radical stuff.
I love placebo, my favourite drug
Here is a blog post by Irving Kirsch on his research into the placebo effect with antidepressants: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/irving-kirsch-phd/antidepressants-the-emper_b_442205.html. He also has a book: “The Emperor’s New Drugs.” Here is a link to his 2002 article with the same name, “The Emperor’s New Drugs”: http://alphachoices.com/repository/assets/pdf/EmperorsNewDrugs.pdf
please keep posting these articles. We need to know that science always changes. We need to remember that in all cases we must be compassionate humans.