The placebo effect combined with dopamine levels can determine whether symptoms of depression and social anxiety will improve in patients prescribed SSRI antidepressants. Researchers found the positive effect of the medications was four times higher in patients with high expectations the treatment would work compared to those with lower expectations.
During the waxing period of the lunar cycle, men exhibited lower sleep efficiency and more time awake after sleep onset than during the waning period. By contrast, sleep patterns in women did not appear to change over the lunar cycle.
Propranolol, a beta-blocker commonly used to treat haemangioma in children and cardiovascular disease, can also be used to treat cerebral cavernous malformations, a condition characterized by misshapen neural blood vessels.