Great expectations -- Study looks at why placebo effect varies from person to person

Why do some people experience a “placebo effect” that makes them feel better when they receive a sham treatment they believe to be real — while other people don’t respond at all to the same thing, or even feel worse"

A new study from the University of Michigan Health System may help explain why.
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Emergency Department Guidelines Enhance Quality Patient Care

emergency-department-guidelines-enhance-quality-patient-careDefining what constitutes quality care—especially in a large, urban hospital—isn’t easy. University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers, however, are addressing the nationwide problem with a unique system to reduce medical errors and improve patient care in local hospital emergency departments.

Although guidelines for care on select disease conditions may be available in some emergency departments, the UC researchers believe they are the first to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based online system that covers numerous conditions from triage and diagnosis to treatment and discharge.    ... Read Full Article

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