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Past care tied to later treatment's success

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If a person doesn't have much success with one pain treatment, they may say the next one they try doesn't work so great either, suggests a new study from Germany. Full story

Brain Surgery Is an Option for Patients with Severe OCD, Study Suggests

A type of brain surgery appears to be a relatively effective treatment for people with severe obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) who have not responded to other treatments, a new study suggests. Full story

AcelRX post-op pain treatment meets late-stage study goal

(Reuters) - AcelRX Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental treatment for post-operative pain met its main goal in a late-stage trial of patients who had undergone knee or hip replacement surgery, sending its shares up 15 percent. Full story

Lilly stomach cancer drug extends survival vs placebo

(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co's stomach cancer drug ramucirumab met its primary goal of improving overall survival in a late stage-study, extending the lives of patients for more than a month longer than those who received a placebo, the American Society of Clinical Oncology said on Tuesday. Full story

Placebo's Effect May Depend on Your Genes

Your response to placebos, or dummy medicine, may depend on your genes, according to a new study. Full story

'Incurable' Patients Try Witch Doctor Remedies In New Documentary

For many ailments, Western medicine works extremely well. There are pills to vanquish or alleviate illnesses from syphilis to the flu, and surgeries to fix everything from broken bones to failing hearts. And yet, when it comes to addressing many less clear-cut health problems — chronic pain, extrem Full story

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  Study: Placebos work, even without deception

Results of a new medical study suggest that even when patients know they're taking a sugar pill, they still experience an improvement in their symptoms. NBC's Robert Bazell reports.

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