“What’s the Truth About Placebo Effects?” AND More on Best 5 Thursday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets start!

1) What’s the Truth About Placebo Effects?

Some say placebos are so powerful they cure almost anything, while others say they barely work. To sceptics, believing in placebos is as irrational as filling the gas tank of your car with Earl Grey tea” and thinking it will run. In spite of this controversy many doctors give placebos to their patients. So it’s important to know the truth: if placebos work we might like to use them more, otherwise let’s stop fooling ourselves.

2) Predictors of Suicide Attempt and the Effect of Treatment-Seeking Behavior

Clinicians assessing individuals with major depressive episodes are urged to inquire about prior suicide attempts, recurrent thoughts of death, quality of life, and the severity of depressive symptomatology.

3) Air Pollution Tied to Cognitive Decline

Air pollution harms multiple areas of human health. Now, a large-scale study suggests it is linked to cognitive decline.

4) Media Still Floundering on Responsible Reporting of Suicide

The news media still does not have a firm grasp on how to report on suicide to mitigate the ‘contagion’ effect that may prompt others to take their own lives, according to new research.

5) Family Border Separation Policy Has Long-Term Effects on Child Health

Despite a reversal of the Trump administration family separation policy, more than 2000 children are still separated from their parents or legal guardians.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more articles!

Best Regards,

Vikram


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