The Placebo Effect May Really Work

The placebo effect – being “cured” by something that really isn’t medicine – seems to work even if you know what you’re getting is fake, researchers say.

The discovery, by University of Colorado-Boulder researchers, was published in The Journal of Pain.

But the investigators also found that the subjects need ample time – four sessions – to believe the placebo works. When participants are told the truth about the treatment after only one session, they don’t show a continued placebo effect.

Old Age - Then and Now

By Eve Marx

A long time ago, when I was just a teen, a girlfriend who already volunteered at a local nursing home, invited me to volunteer. For six months or so, twice a week, Sue, dressed in a cute Candy Striper outfit, pushed around the hospitality cart. Her job, which cast her in an angelic light, was bringing newspapers, magazines, and dog-eared romance novels to the home’s more-together residents, the ones who were alert and interested enough in life to want to read books and magazines.

Best Ways to Fight Back Pain

For men, backache is undoubtedly one of the most common health problems: according to the Harvard Men’s Health Watch, up to 90 percent will have a backache at some point.

Luckily, most flare-ups get better over time, often within a few weeks, the Harvard experts say. In the meantime, though, pain control is important because it helps you stay active. That in turn helps in your recovery.

Coping Strategies for Breaking Up

Neil Sedaka crooned about the end of relationships in 1962 with his hit, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.”

Google almost any word that deals with terminating a relationship and over three-hundred million responses are returned in .64 seconds.

Breaking up is something that happens to everyone sooner or later.  Even the best of relationships change and evolve. Using a few coping strategies can keep you from tearing your hair out, crying yourself to sleep or finding comfort in the bottom of a bottle.

Chemotherapy and Quality of Life at the End of Life

Chemotherapy for patients with end-stage cancer was associated with worse quality of life near death for patients with a good ability to still perform many life functions, according to an article published online by JAMA Oncology IN JULY 2015.


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