Placebo Effect Rivals Steroid Benefit for Asthmatics

Never underestimate the power of the mind when it comes to feeling better. In the newest demonstration of how healing can be triggered by patients' expectations of what medical attention can do for them, placebo treatments were as good as real medication in making asthmatic patients feel they were breathing more easily. Thirty-nine asthma patients reported about as much perceived relief from a placebo inhaler or from sham acupuncture as from an inhaled dose of the steroid albuterol, according...Full Story
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