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A placebo can work even when you know it’s a placebo

By: Mallika Marshall, M.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications If your doctor told you that she was giving you a placebo and that it would help you, would you believe her? As it turns out, based on new research, maybe you should. Placebos are often considered “fake” treatments. You may have heard them described as “sugar pills.” They usually take the form of pills, injections, or even entire procedures that are used in clinical…

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