Americans like their placebos. (Image via AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Figure this one out: The fake drugs we know as placebos seem to be getting more and more effective in the US. That strange finding comes out of a new analysis in the journal Pain, which looked at medical studies going back to 1990.
It turns out that people who take placebos in studies today experience a 30 percent decrease in pain levels, a decrease that has dramatically increased from nearly a quarter century ago, say researchers out of McGill University in a press release.