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In those cases I was encouraged to try a dummy pill.
Of course the real migraine drug worked far better than the dummy pill.
The study draws on company data from more than 30 clinical trials conducted by Merck between 1996 and 2004 comparing Vioxx, or rofecoxib, to a placebo or dummy pill.
It's the placebo effect -- the ability of a dummy pill or a faked treatment to make people feel better, just because they expect that it will.
Then they gave the same people another dummy pill, and told them it was a sedative.
Dr Quenby is now looking to recruit around 700 women to take part in clinical trials, where half would receive the steroid and half would receive a dummy pill.
People taking it for 50 weeks had a slower decline in blood flow to the parts of the brain that are important for memory than those taking a dummy pill.
It showed that healthy older people who took a simple multivitamin pill every day were half as likely to get sick as healthy seniors who took a dummy pill.
The women in the trial, aged between 22 and 28, took Viagra or a dummy pill an hour before sex.
The study, published in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association, compared androstenedione (pronounced an-droh-STEEN-die-ohn) with a dummy pill in 20 men ages 19 to 29 during an eight-week weightlifting program.
For example, during the dummy pill period, 52% reported moderate to severe headaches compared to 6% when receiving the caffeine capsules.
Some compared one statin to another, while others compared a statin to an inactive placebo, which is often called a sugar pill or dummy pill.