Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Here's a fascinating article from the Washington Post about the effect of sugar pill placebos in treating depression in head to head trials with antidepressants such as Prozac & Paxil. From the article:

The new research may shed light on findings such as those from a trial last month that compared the herbal remedy St. John's wort against Zoloft. St. John's wort fully cured 24 percent of the depressed people who received it, and Zoloft cured 25 percent -- but the placebo fully cured 32 percent.

Here, also, is a graphic that displays the findings of brain scans on both those who took the anti-depressants and those who took the sugar pills.

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