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Drug trial leaves one brain dead, five critically ill in France

Rennes - A drug trial in France that went horribly wrong has left one man brain dead and five others seriously ill. The men were participating in a drug trial for the Portuguese pharmaceutical firm BIAL at a clinic in northwestern France.

Placebos can play a role in treating insomnia, study says

Philadelphia - A novel dosing strategy to treat insomnia using medication and placebos on alternate days is as effective as taking medication every day, researchers from University of Pennsylvania say.

Review: 'Placebo' finds no easy antidote at medical school Special

Mixing animation and live-action, 'Placebo' is an undercover documentary that tries to, with some success, bring light to a troubling student culture at India's most prestigious medical school.

Medication costs play into placebo effectiveness

A new study shows that patients react better to drugs they believe cost more than an equally effective drug that's cheaper, even when the medication is a placebo.

Migraine sufferers react well to placebo med

New research suggests that what migraine-headache sufferers think about their pills’ identities matters nearly as much as whether or not those pills contain active medication.

UK to televise live MDMA drug experiment Sept. 26

Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial is a live TV event in the UK where six volunteers will be shown taking MDMA (ecstasy) and undergoing a series of tests, including monitoring brain activity caused by the Class A drug.

Better health really can be all in the mind

It really is possible to think yourself better, a scientist has claimed in an article in a leading peer-reviewed medical journal.

Study: Almost Half of Physicians Prescribe Placebos to Calm Down Patients

According to the [i]Journal of General Internal Medicine[/i], almost half of internists surveyed at Chicago medical schools have given placebos to calm a patient, raising questions about how much patients know about drugs they are prescribed.

The Placebo Effect: 'Cheating' without cheating in sports

Given all of the doping scandals in sports recently, and the fad of undetectable designer drugs, what if there were a performance-enhancing substance that was perfectly legal and totally undetectable? How would sports officials deal with it?

The Placebo Effect: It's All In Your Head

If a sugar pill could alleviate your depression, would you take that over Prozac? If an injection of saline solution put an end to your back pain, as opposed to cortisone, would that be a better choice? The Placebo Effect is real and proven. Is it used?

Placebo Scheduled To Finally Come Back To Canada

Placebo, has finally decided to come back to Canada to do a show, after years of touring in the US and Europe.

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