This article "found little evidence in general that placebos had powerful clinical effects." This meta-analysis of 114 studies found that "compared with no treatment, placebo had no significant effect on binary outcomes, regardless of whether these outcomes were subjective or objective. For the trials with continuous outcomes, placebo had a beneficial effect, but the effect decreased with increasing sample size, indicating a possible bias related to the effects of small trials." (Most of the studies evaluated by Hróbjartsson and Götzsche were small: for 82 of the studies the median size was 27 and for the other 32 studies the median was 51.)
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BooBear wrote:You know what's interesting?
I was hungry earlier. So I had a bite to eat.
My hunger, surprisingly, abated.
Perhaps my lack of hunger is a placebo effect. Or, perhaps it is a coincidence.
Or, maybe the lack of hunger can be attributed to the fact that I had a f$%#ing lunch.
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