Placebo finding re-confirms "ideas as opiates"

John H. johnh at faraway.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk
Tue Mar 2 23:32:16 EST 2004


Placebo Power:
Dummy treatment works for depression
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/1731572.stm
Dummy treatment works for depression
Dummy treatment has been shown to have an impact on the brains of people
with serious depression.
Theoretically, dummy treatment, known as a placebo, should be of no use at
all.

However, some people with depression do respond positively when they are
given a placebo such as a sugar pill.


...
Patients who responded to placebo showed increased activity in the brain's
prefrontal cortex.

In contrast, those who responded to medication showed suppressed activity in
that area.

The prefrontal cortex has been linked to working memory, information
processing, behavioural organisation and attention.


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