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Placebos Can Be Bona Fide Painkillers

Memories formed following previous intake of actual drugs are triggered by a placebo pill resulting in a real effect to fight pain and inflammation, according to a new Italian study. First thing, though, you better trust your doctor.

Is it real? (stephalicious)
Is it real? (stephalicious)
Marco Accossato

TURIN - Yes, placebos can truly kill the pain.

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Turin's neuroscience department, there are demonstrable physical benefits of taking a placebo for treating pain and inflammatory conditions. The study showed how painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs in fact leave marks on our brains. These marks, in turn, help to recreate the same effects of an actual treatment in patients that are merely thinking of taking an active drug while actually taking a placebo, or an inert drug with no chemical activity.

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Our World Is "Flat" No More: Welcome To The Era Of Pure Geopolitics

The dominance of a single narrative of globalization and liberal democracy is over.

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Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — As the Bolshevik leader Lenin once observed, there are decades when nothing happens and weeks in which decades take place. The big turns in history tend to go unnoticed in their decisive moments because daily life doesn't suddenly change for most people around the world.

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Yet in retrospect, certain moments become crucial. Everything suggests the invasion of Ukraine is one of those turning points, with enormous implications for the world's future.

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