How can 'nothing' make a difference?

posted on March 31, 2011 - 9:35am
A placebo is a sham, or fake, “medication” or “treatment” that, although inert, is designed to appear identical to an active actual or experimental treatment. Placebos can take the form of a “dummy” pill made of an inert substance like sugar or starch; a water or saline solution; or a wearable device like a patch, catheter or magnetic bracelet. In any clinical trial, the question scientists must...
posted on January 1, 2011 - 12:33pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 1
Overall, idebenone has been shown to be safe and well-tolerated in a number of phase 1, 2 and 3 human clinical trials dating back to 1999. The most common side effects are mild to moderate gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea, nausea and indigestion. Early trials at low doses first demonstrated the potential for idebenone to reduce FA-associated cardiomyopathy (heart muscle abnormality).