Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Placebo and Alzheimer's patients

Boing Boing: Placebo effect is getting stronger

Apparently, Alzheimer's patients get less kick from pain meds because they aren't getting the placebo effect that everyone else does. In other words, when you take pain meds, you get the painkilling from the drug, and the painkilling from your brain. But Alzheimer's patients can't clearly envision the future, so they get no placebo boost.

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