Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Nocebo Effect

Most individuals are aware of the placebo effect.

Belief is powerful medicine, even if the treatment itself is a sham. New research shows placebos can also benefit patients who do not have faith in them

But how many individuals are aware of the nocebo efffect?

...a provocative new report by Winfried Häuser, Ernil Hansen, and Paul Enck in the journal of the German Medical Association suggests that the side effects of some drugs, and the discomfort of certain medical procedures, may be inadvertently intensified by doctors and nurses trying to keep patients fully informed of the consequences of their medical care. The culprit behind this phenomenon is the nocebo effect.

Nocebo effect quote taken from an article headlined Are Warnings About the Side Effects of Drugs Making Us Sick?

Linked via Fred Lapides.

Posted by John Venlet on 07/18 at 11:40 AM
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Some Kingpin

Yesterday, some variation of the following headline could be viewed at many news sites around the internet.

Ohio High School Student: 17-Year-Old Kingpin Arrested In Major Drug Bust

If one took the time to read one of the various articles announcing the bust of the “Kingpin,” a variation of this information would be read.

An Ohio high school student has been arrested by police, who allege he is a drug kingpin, who ran a multimillion dollar ring, which distributed high-grade marijuana throughout two school districts, netting about $20,000 per month.

Reading further into the article, though, one would begin to wonder if this 17 year old kingpin was actually running some multi-million dollar drug ring, or was just a high school kid selling some weed.

Yahoo News reports that when cops raided the 17-year-old’s bedroom, they found $6,000 in cash. Because the student was a minor (16) at the time of the drug deals,...

Sales must have been down if only $6,000 bucks were found, either that or the margin on sales of marijuana aren’t what they used to be.  Shouldn’t a drug “Kingpin” have a bit more cash on hand?

Posted by John Venlet on 07/18 at 07:42 AM
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Not An Early Bird

This House Finch was asleep on my fountain this morning.  I was able to walk right up on it and take its picture.  Definitely not an early bird.

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Posted by John Venlet on 07/18 at 06:57 AM
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