Is the placebo effect just a myth?

Many people have accepted the idea that taking a placebo—for example, a pill with no active medicine in it—can have powerful effects on the body. The reality is quite different, according to the authors of a Perspective published today by the Medical Journal of Australia. A placebo is designed to…

Not (just) a shock: ECT reduces suicides in depressed elders

Electroconvulsive therapy reduces deaths by suicide among older adults with depression in the months immediately following hospitalization, researchers report in the 10 September issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. As suicide risk is highest just after hospitalization among those with depression, the therapy could save lives. Electroconvulsive therapy involves…

Why the FDA just issued another hand sanitizer recall

With all the COVID-related matters we’re dealing with right now, we probably didn’t need the news that the FDA is recalling even more hand sanitizers, yet here we are. The government agency is warning that 1-propanol is now showing up in hand sanitizers.  The FDA says: “1-propanol, not to be confused with…