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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

digaman23 Re:I've read the article (349 comments)

> But drug trials are not designed to measure the placebo response; they are designed to measure the drug against the placebo Absolutely. That's why the drug companies are pooling their data and doing the Placebo Response Drug Trials survey that I write about - to find out what's going on.

about 5 years ago
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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

digaman23 Re:Now that you're here... (349 comments)

Drug companies are not exactly running new trials to make sure that their drugs are working this year as well as they were ten years ago. The failures of older drugs to beat placebo happen in trials in which an older drug, an experimental agent, and placebos are all pitted against one another. I doubt these failed trials will have any effect on patents.

about 5 years ago
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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

digaman23 Re:Actual evidence (349 comments)

Well, ceoyoyo, if you think major depression, the side effects of chemotherapy, and Parkinson's disease -- all cited in my article -- are just a matter of people "feeling bad" who should try "feeling better," I wish you great good luck in getting through the latter half of your life.

about 5 years ago
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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

digaman23 Re:Bad Science (349 comments)

> turns out that the placebo effect is hugely influenced by beliefs.

Yes, it is. A section of my Wired article is devoted to that research, in fact.

about 5 years ago
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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

digaman23 Re:Actual evidence (349 comments)

Not "studies," ceoyoyo. Meta-analyses of hundreds of studies. That's evidence.

about 5 years ago
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Placebos Are Getting More Effective

digaman23 Re:WTF (349 comments)

I'm the author of the Wired article, and I would encourage people to read the article itself before taking Peter's post on Science-Based Medicine as the final word on the subject. Peter's blog runs on two sites, and if you visit the other thread here -- http://scienceblogs.com/whitecoatunderground/2009/09/placebo_is_not_what_you_think.php -- you'll see that Peter's well-informed readers offered up many citations supporting my central thesis that he seemed unaware of, many of which were contained in my article. I know that words like "crappy" and "smackdown" feel really bracing to post or read on a blog, but they're no substitute for science-based medicine. Thanks for the link, ScuttleMonkey.

about 5 years ago
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One Giant Step for Humanoids

digaman23 Re:Prosthetics (223 comments)

(Thanks for the link to my article, BWJones, which doesn't cover prosthetics, but does cover why more veterans will need them than in previous wars, and the pioneering approach of an Army doctor who is seeking smarter ways to ease soldiers' pain as they go through the evacuation process.)

more than 9 years ago

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