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Placebos could reduce the side effects of drug treatments

Few of us would be happy to find out that we’d been prescribed a placebo. When we’re sick, we want real medicine. But what if the placebo was not intended to replace your medicine, but to work alongside it? That’s the rationale behind research into placebo-controlled dose reduction. Patients on…

Ingredient in cannabis restores taste for cancer patients

PARIS – The ingredient that gives cannabis its “high” and famously whets the appetite can help cancer patients recover lost pleasure in food, according to a study published on Wednesday. Researchers in Canada enrolled 21 patients who had been treated with chemotherapy for advanced cancer, and gave them either capsules…

New research restores psychedelics’ medical respectability

Recently published studies suggest that ‘magic mushrooms’ and ‘ecstasy’ may have medical value. Before the enactment of the Controlled Substances Act in the late 60′s, psychiatrists had been eagerly investigating the use of psychedelic drugs as an aid to psychological therapy. Unfortunately, as the government sought to eliminate the recreational…

Lebanon activists call for Placebo gig boycott over Israel

BEIRUT — Lebanese activists called Tuesday for a boycott of British rock band Placebo on the eve of its Lebanon gig for performing in Israel in the wake of the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. “You are not welcome in Lebanon,” Lebanese writer and editor Samah Idriss said…

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