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TOO-GREAT EXPECTATIONS  Online reviews by users of over-the-counter cholesterol reduction and weight loss products represent select samples that vastly overstate outcomes for most people. The popularity of online reviews of many medical treatments underscores a growing need for well-conducted clinical trials.

Nudge

NUDGE BACKLASH  Nudging people to make good choices, about their retirement plans, charitable giving or even preventive health care, does not always go as planned.

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SOCIAL HIT  New lab experiments indicate that physically abused youth have trouble learning to make choices that consistently lead to a reward. This impairment of a basic form of social learning contributes to behavior problems known to occur among abused individuals, researchers say.

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