Beware the Nocebo Effect

Posted in: New York Times Sunday Review By PAUL ENCK and WINFRIED HÄUSER Published: August 10, 2012 EVERYONE knows that a placebo — a fake medication or sham procedure, typically used as a control in a medical trial — can nonetheless have a positive effect, relieving real symptoms like pain, bloating or a depressed mood. The placebo effect is a
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The Socially Accepted Violence Against Pregnant and Labouring Women

By Samantha Thurlby-BrooksToday Amnesty International and One Billion Rising are campaigning together for women’s rights. They are encouraging everyone across the world to support the elimination of violence against women and girls. I think in the light of recent events, such as the horrific Delhi gang rape that happened in December 2012, this day is much needed. We usually think
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Twins & Super Twin Pregnancy and Childbirth

“You’re having twins (or more)?! Double the trouble… Boys or girls? Are they identical? Do they look the same? Were they conceived naturally?”As a twin myself these are the questions that every single person asks when they find out… without fail (except for the conception question as that is kept just for the parents). There seems to be a deep
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Why & How to Relax During Childbirth

Relax… your body knows what it’s doing so you don’t need to do a thing! You don’t need to think about what comes next or what position you should or shouldn’t be in, or whether you’ve left the iron on! You’re having a baby and your body loves it.When your baby is ready to be born it will signal to
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