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Are there any apparent flaws in the methodology of Wilhelm et. al. 2016?

Wilhelm et. al. 2016 is a meta-analysis of 23 placebo controlled beta-blocker studies. The attempt of the study was to indicate what fraction of the beta-blocker's effect was due to the placebo effect....
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Does a treatment X vs. placebo study qualify as a “comparative study”?

I wonder whether a study comparing medical treatment with a placebo qualifies as a "comparative study". Looking at PubMed's MeSH tags, I don't see much consistency: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/...
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Does rubbing a nettle sting with a dock leaf actually help? How?

From a young age we were taught that the treatment for a nettle sting was to rub it with a dock leaf. Conveniently, docks usually grow close to where there are nettles. Does this actually do ...
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Is there any proof that acupuncture is an effective pain remedy?

I have heard of acupuncture being used for pain management. Are there clear scientific proofs that indicate it is more effective than a placebo treatment for pain? If so what types of pain has it ...
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Is there a proven way to test if I'm susceptible to the placebo effect?

I know there are tests to check if a single drug is useful or useless by arranging groups of people where half receive the actual drug and half receive the placebo, but those are testing the drug, not ...
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Can a banana peel cure a plantar wart?

I have a large plantar wart (a wart on the bottom of my foot). It's been resistant to freezing and acid. My dermatologist said I just need to wait until my immune system is ready to get rid of it, and ...