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The scientists gave patients scheduled for knee-replacement surgery either 1,000 milligrams of cod-liver oil or placebo.
Some scientific simulation methods rely on random numbers, and clinicians could use them in drug trials to fairly assign who gets a treatment or placebo.
After the study, nearly half (48.9 percent) of those who'd received the drug asked to keep using it while only 32.8 percent of those receiving the placebo asked the same.
Even the placebo patients had a 17 percent reduction.
Another study tracked 24 women with mildly high cholesterol and found that those who drank onion juice daily for eight weeks had reductions in total cholesterol, LDL, and waist measurements compared to those who downed a placebo.
Of the 12, nine received the vaccine and three the placebo.
The other trial, a larger trial with a placebo control, confirmed this result and showed no deterioration in the drug group during the 12 months of study.
While the rest developed myalgias on atorvastatin, half as many also developed myalgias on placebo.
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Did You Know?
Doctors doing research on new treatments for disease often give one group a placebo while a second group takes the new medication. Since those in the placebo group usually believe they're getting the real thing, their own hopeful attitude may bring about improvement in their condition. Thus, for the real drug to be considered effective, it must produce even better results than the placebo. Placebos have another use as well. A doctor who suspects that a patient's physical symptoms are psychologically produced may prescribe a placebo in the hope that mentally produced symptoms can also be mentally cured.
PLACEBO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of placebo for English Language Learners
medical : a pill or substance that is given to a patient like a drug but that has no physical effect on the patient
medical Definition of placebo
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