Mind & Body

The Actual Impact Of The Placebo Effect On Science

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You pay a visit to your doctor for pain, and she prescribes some pain pills. After taking the medication for less than a day, you already feel amazing. A friend in the medical field takes one look at your "magical" pills, and lets you know that you've been taking a placebo all along. But... they still worked? In the following videos, learn about the placebo effect and how it can alter scientific experiments.

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Placebos Produce Real, Measurable Results

A 2014 study found that 50 percent of the effects of a drug could be just because the patient was told they'd been given medicine, and they believed it.

Should Doctors Prescribe Placebos?

In the UK, 97 percent of doctors admitted to giving a placebo in place of medication at least once in their careers.

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Written by Curiosity Staff January 20, 2017