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an innocuous or inert medication

(Roman Catholic Church) vespers of the office for the dead

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Of course the real migraine drug worked far better than the dummy pill.
In its report on homeopathy, the committee agreed with the government that evidence shows homeopathy is not efficacious-- meaning it works no better than a placebo, or 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.
It works by adjusting the natural ebb and flow of the body's sleep hormone melatonin, and was trialled on 450 people kept awake for five hours longer than normal - they enjoyed up to two hours' more sleep than volunteers given a dummy pill.
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.
Furthermore, the seemingly good results for very severely depressed patients came from the fact a patient's response to the dummy pill decreased rather than any notable increase in their response to antidepressants.
For a period of six months, 192 adults with moderately elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol took either raw garlic (as a sandwich condiment), powdered garlic tablets (Nature's Way Garlicin), aged garlic extract (Kyolic), or a dummy pill.
In an analysis of data pooled from 18 randomized controlled trials, researchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the European Institute of Oncology found that subjects who took at least 500 IU of vitamin D each day had a seven per cent lower risk of death, on average, compared with control groups given 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.
ED is common among men with diabetes, so researchers reviewed eight clinical trials that compared one of the ED drugs to a placebo, or dummy pill.
For example, in a study from the University of Maryland, 200 milligrams daily of CoQ10 was no better than a dummy pill for 46 people with CHF.
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.