Migraines respond to great expectations

Meds and placebos both fight pain better when patients anticipate getting active drug

By Bruce Bower, 14:14 PM January 8, 2014

When it comes to pain, what migraine-headache sufferers think about their pills’ identities matters nearly as much as whether or not those pills contain active medication, a new study suggests.

Migraine meds labeled as placebos dull headache pain less effectively than the same pills identified either as the real deal or as possibly a genuine drug, say neuroscientist Rami Burstein of Harvard Medical School and his colleagues. Placebo pills given to migraine patients worked the same way, easing ...

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