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Opinionated Science Episode 5: The Placebo Effect: Phantom Surgery, Alternative Medicine and the Big Bad Nocebo

Opinionated Science is Technology Networks’ homemade podcast, where our team of scientists-turned-journalists cut out the chewy jargon and serve up slices of the most fascinating stories from the world of science. Expect a new Opinionated Science every other Friday.

In this episode, the Technology Networks team investigate the placebo effect. Why have placebo treatments become more effective at treating patients in the last few decades (but only in the USA) and what do powerful placebos mean for clinical trials? 

Read more from this podcast: 

The Power of the Placebo Effect

Survey Finds 97% of GPs Prescribe Placebos

Placebo Surgery Trial

The Magnitude of Nocebo Effects in Pain

Placebo Effect Grows in U.S., Thwarting Development of Painkillers

Listen to more Technology Networks podcasts here.

Meet the Authors
Ruairi J Mackenzie
Ruairi J Mackenzie
Senior Science Writer
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Tiffany Quinn
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