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What’s the Truth About Placebo Effects?

What’s the Truth About Placebo Effects?

Some say placebos are so powerful they cure almost anything, while others say they barely work. To sceptics, believing in placebos is as irrational as filling the gas tank of your car with Earl Grey tea“ and thinking it will run. In spite of this controversy many...
Doing good can do you good

Doing good can do you good

We feel good when we do a good deed, so there must be a psychological benefit to helping others? But how can we know for sure? The best way to study the health benefits of kind deeds is to look at studies of volunteering. In 2011, Daniel George conducted a randomised...
Does marijuana cure depression?

Does marijuana cure depression?

A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party, but they weren’t having fun because people kept interrupting to tell the doctor about their health problems and ask for free medical advice. After a while, the annoyed doctor asked the lawyer, “How do you stop...
The doctor as a cure

The doctor as a cure

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always – Hippocrates The story of Quesalid   This is a true story. A hundred years ago a boy called Quesalid lived on Vancouver Island. He had a feeling that shamans tricked people, but he didn’t know how. To find out, he...
Are we all going insane?

Are we all going insane?

In the early 1970s psychologist Dr. David Rosenhan from Columbia University did a crazy experiment. He took a group of eight ‘normal’ (whatever that means) people, and sent each one to a different psychiatric hospital where they pretended to hear dull voices. Other...
Do I have a chocolate cake gene?

Do I have a chocolate cake gene?

“At any given moment, you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.” – Christine Mason Miller In 2013 Angelina Jolie had her breasts removed after she found out she had a breast cancer gene called BRAC1. The New York Times reported that BRAC1...