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.

Segment Guests

Ted Kaptchuk

Dr. Ted J. Kaptchuk is a professor of medicine and a professor of Global Health & Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.