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Re: Placebos effective Cam W.

Posted by Jane D on May 27, 2001, at 13:49:38

In reply to Re: NEJM Article says placebo effect small, posted by Cam W. on May 27, 2001, at 12:19:50

> There has been some very good research on placebo effect of late. In particular:
> Stefano GB, Fricchione GL, Slingsby BT, & Benson H. The placebo effect and relaxation response: neural processes and their coupling to constituitive nitric oxide. Brain Research Reviews; 35 (2001): 1 - 19.
> This review concludes "...that enough scientific information exists to support these phenomena as actual physical processes that can be harnessed to provide better patient care."
> The show, using 166 references, how placebo and relaxation response have similar peripheral and central nervous system mechanisms. "Central to our hypothesis, is the significance of norepinephrine, nitric oxide and opiod signaling both in the central and peripheral nervous systems. In this regard, we find that nitric oxide controls norepinephrine processes on many levels, including synthesis, release and actions."

Thanks. That will be next weeks reading if I can find it. (I'm still struggling through cytochrome p450 stuff which was set off by Scott's and your posts of a week ago.)




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