Saturday, December 13, 2008

Medication Warnings May Cause Side Effects to be Exaggerated

Research has shown that expecting to feel ill can bring illness on in some instances, particularly when stress is involved. The phenomenon is known as the “nocebo effect,” placebo’s "evil twin". Experts say it is not a psychiatric disorder: "it’s the way the mind works,” says Arthur Barsky, director of Psychiatric Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Read more.

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