Migraine Study Reveals the Power of Placebo

9:21 minutes

Researchers studying migraine sufferers found that positive and negative expectations could influence the effectiveness of medications and placebos. Study co-author Ted Kaptchuk discusses the findings and the implications for how doctors approach prescribing medications.

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Ted Kaptchuk

Ted Kaptchuk is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Program in Placebo Studies at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

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About Alexa Lim

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