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Medical News & Perspectives
October 3, 2019

Matters of the Mind: Honest Placebos, Hostility and Heart Attacks, and Sleepless Nights

JAMA. 2019;322(16):1539-1540. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.15983

Matters of the Mind offers an occasional look at recent research into the relationship between the mind and the body.

Dummy pills and pain relief, the connection between hostility and heart attacks in women with diabetes, and the notion that insomnia is not simply an adverse effect of depression have been the focus of recent studies.

Until recently, the conventional wisdom was that placebo treatments worked only if patients who received them didn’t know they were placebos.