How does the placebo effect work?

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How does the placebo effect work?
« on: 10/10/2012 02:30:01 »
The placebo effect is a reported improvement in a patientís condition in response to their own expectation that a drug or treatment will make them better.  Even giving a person a pill containing sugar and nothing else can still produce powerful painkilling effects if the person believes itís an analgesic.  So, what's going on in the brain to make this happen?
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