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Placebo and Parkinson

Ask the MD: Placebo and Parkinson’s

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Many clinical trials use a placebo comparison to evaluate the effect of a new drug or therapy. Some people get the active intervention and some get an inactive “fake” treatment that looks the same as the real thing. What is a placebo? Is it a good thing? Can a placebo make you feel worse? From Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research website.
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Trophic Factor Study Results: Placebo Effect?

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Results are in from a study of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), a “brain fertilizer” that some scientists believe may help protect dopamine cells and improve Parkinson’s symptoms. Many news reports are citing the findings as miraculous, but the response could be due to placebo effect.