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In Painkiller Trials, Placebo Effect Is Becoming More Powerful

Phenomenon prevents more drugs from hitting the market<p>Painkiller manufacturers are confused. Their drugs have maintained the same efficacy at relieving symptoms for the past 25 years, but the placebo effect has gotten stronger in drug trials conducted in the U.S., according to an analysis of 35 …


‘The Martian’ Is A Breezy NASA Hype Video About Witty Supergeniuses

What if all astronauts were sexy redheads or lovable, wise-cracking goofballs? That’s the question posed by Ridley Scott’s <i>The Martian</i>, which takes all the least challenging parts of <i>Gravity</i> and <i>Interstellar</i> and cuts them into one long rah-rah sizzle reel for NASA (no shame in that game, “bring back …

Unlocking Parkinson’s Disease

3D Printed ‘Scaffolds’ May Help Damaged Nerves Grow Back

Because nerves can't do it alone<p>After a traumatic injury like a car crash or a severe bacterial infection, patients can often suffer from painful and sometimes even paralyzing nerve damage. This damage is long lasting, because nerves regenerate slowly, if at all. Now a team of researchers has …