Recent Examples of placebo from the Web
Heart attacks, strokes, hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease occurred in 9.5 percent of Praluent patients, compared with 11.1 percent of placebo patients.
Twelve people were examined for the study, with some taking LSD and some a placebo drug.
At least three small clinical trials have compared the effects of magnesium supplements to a placebo for women with menstrual pain.
For example, in a small, randomized study, male college students drank either tart cherry juice or a placebo beverage for four days, did bicep curls to induce DOMS, and then drank their assigned beverage for another four days.
Researchers gave 14 men between the ages of 18 and 35 three tablets of ibuprofen a day for six weeks, and 17 others were given a placebo.
Truvada was found in that trial to reduce overall risk for HIV transmission by 44 percent compared with placebo.
Researchers found that the live birth rate was similar for both groups (65.8 percent in the progesterone group and 63.3 percent in the placebo group).
Compared to the placebo group, the athletes reported improved joint pain while active and at rest.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of placebo
First Known Use: 1785See Words from the same year
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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
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