Tag: placebos

Placebos Work Better on Kids, Study Suggests

By Andrew Moseman | August 13, 2008 2:43 pm

pillsWhile the science behind the placebo effect is still unclear, a new study may have found a group for whom it’s especially effective: children.

Kids’ tendency to be more open to the power of suggestion than adults appears to spill over into medicine. French pediatricians reviewing data from many different studies of children and adults receiving either anti-epilepsy medication or a sugar pill found that while children actually responded worse to the drugs than adults, they responded 50 percent better to a placebo, with one in five of the kids seeing a serious reduction in their seizure rates.

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