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Pursuit of a genuine effect of acupuncture: development of placebo acupuncture needles

Acupuncture needles for double blinding

Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of health conditions. The efficacy of acupuncture has not conclusively been established because only randomized control trials using single-blind needles have been reported. Single blinding is problematic because

Calf hemodialysate: nutritive value plus placebo effect

Highly purified calf hemodialysate (HPCH), known as Actovegin or Solcoseryl, has been proposed as a medication for certain neurological and other diseases. For example, Actovegin was reported to have beneficial effects on cognitive performance in patients with

Males who take citicoline show increased motor speed and attention

Citicoline is marketed as a nutritional supplement in the United States and has been shown to influence cellular metabolism in the brain and to contribute to the synthesis of essential neurotransmitters including acetylcholine and dopamine. Citicoline is

Markers that predict treatment response to inhaled corticosteroids in children with asthma

Asthma is a common chronic condition caused by inflammation in the tubes that pass air in and out of the lungs.  When asthma is poorly controlled, children cannot breathe normally, cannot play and exercise, and may have

Hormesis: umbrella mechanism only for agents present in the environment

Hormesis is a concept of biphasic dose-response to toxicological and pharmacological stimuli. According to this concept, a harmful factor at a small dose can exert a beneficial action. Among the known hormetic agents are numerous chemical substances

Can inhaled formoterol be used to prevent hypoglycemia?

Patients with type 1 diabetes need insulin treatment for their survival. However insulin can cause low blood sugar (or hypoglycemia); a major limiting factor for good diabetes control. Hypoglycemia occurs when there is an excess of insulin

Development of anti-atherosclerotic drugs on the basis of cell models or how to make the elderly pay for placebos

The large research series has become internationally known in 1986 after a publication by the ex-Soviet minister of health as the first author and continues until today. In brief, cell cultures have been used for evaluation of