August 29, 2009

The Placebo effect is getting stronger. The effect of sugar pills is estimated to have doubled (in some instances) in 2 decades, the effect varies in strength from country to country and even the colour of the pills is being shown to have an impact. Fascinating stuff (and my first exposure to the term nocebo too).

See also the first entry in this article that we've seen before for some additional placebo weirdness.