Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Being well received in care speeds up healing process

06.06.2013
A placebo can activate a number of biological mechanisms in the same way that medicine can, which is why we are now beginning to understand why a placebo can heal and alleviate symptoms.

Psychosocial factors, such as words or how a person is received, can help to heal or bring relief. These findings are being presented by the Italian researcher Fabrizio Benedetti, who is the keynote speaker at the PNIRS 20th Scientific Meeting in Stockholm on Thursday, June 6.

Benedetti has studied the biological mechanisms behind the placebo effect. This research reveals that placebo is a complex phenomenon that can be achieved with the help of several different underlying mechanisms. The biological functions that can contribute to the placebo effect may involve expectation, anxiety, or rewards.

“Besides showing that placebo is a genuine phenomenon, Benedetti’s research explains the mechanisms that make it work,” says Mats Lekander, professor at the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, and the Karolinska Institutet, who is hosting the PNIRS 20th Scientific Meeting. Thanks to Benedetti’s research, we have a better picture of how the brain can anticipate and trigger events that we expect will take place – for example, forthcoming pain relief.

Research of great clinical importance
Research on placebo for pain relief and Parkinson’s disease has contributed a great deal to our understanding of how multiple neurochemical processes can lie behind a placebo effect. The same mechanisms that are activated by a medicine can be activated by a placebo.
“Together with researchers in Sweden, among other countries, Benedetti thus shows that psychosocial factors, such as words or therapeutic rituals, affect biochemical processes that can help to heal or bring relief. Ultimately this research is therefore of great clinical significance,” says Mats Lekander.
International conference gathers world-leading researchers and Nobel laureates

Psychoneuroimmunology, a research field that targets the interplay between the brain, the immune system, and psychological functions, is the focus of the international conference held in Stockholm June 6–8. The conference brings together 250 researchers from all over the world, many of them world leaders in their research areas, in Stockholm to present their latest findings at the 20th PNIRS Scientific Meeting.

For further information
Mats Lekander, professor, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, and the Karolinska Institutet, tel: +46 (0)8–5537 8933, e-mail mats.lekander@stressforskning.su.se

Johan Nilsson, chief information officer, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, mobile: +46 (0)702–68 63 94, e-mail johan.nilsson@stressforskning.su.se

The host of the 20th PNIRS Scientific Meeting is the Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University, and the Karolinska Institutet. PNIRS, the PsychoNeuroImmunological Research Society, is an international association of researchers in the field of psychoneuroimmunology.

Weitere Informationen:

https://www.pnirs.org/meetings/index.cfm
Program
http://www.stressforskning.su.se/pnirspress
Speakers and research fields

Sofia Lagergren | idw
Further information:
http://www.vr.se

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht NIST scientists discover how to switch liver cancer cell growth from 2-D to 3-D structures
17.11.2017 | National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

nachricht High speed video recording precisely measures blood cell velocity
15.11.2017 | ITMO University

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: A “cosmic snake” reveals the structure of remote galaxies

The formation of stars in distant galaxies is still largely unexplored. For the first time, astron-omers at the University of Geneva have now been able to closely observe a star system six billion light-years away. In doing so, they are confirming earlier simulations made by the University of Zurich. One special effect is made possible by the multiple reflections of images that run through the cosmos like a snake.

Today, astronomers have a pretty accurate idea of how stars were formed in the recent cosmic past. But do these laws also apply to older galaxies? For around a...

Im Focus: Visual intelligence is not the same as IQ

Just because someone is smart and well-motivated doesn't mean he or she can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face matching.

That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people's visual ability and that these...

Im Focus: Novel Nano-CT device creates high-resolution 3D-X-rays of tiny velvet worm legs

Computer Tomography (CT) is a standard procedure in hospitals, but so far, the technology has not been suitable for imaging extremely small objects. In PNAS, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) describes a Nano-CT device that creates three-dimensional x-ray images at resolutions up to 100 nanometers. The first test application: Together with colleagues from the University of Kassel and Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht the researchers analyzed the locomotory system of a velvet worm.

During a CT analysis, the object under investigation is x-rayed and a detector measures the respective amount of radiation absorbed from various angles....

Im Focus: Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

The quantum world is fragile; error correction codes are needed to protect the information stored in a quantum object from the deteriorating effects of noise. Quantum physicists in Innsbruck have developed a protocol to pass quantum information between differently encoded building blocks of a future quantum computer, such as processors and memories. Scientists may use this protocol in the future to build a data bus for quantum computers. The researchers have published their work in the journal Nature Communications.

Future quantum computers will be able to solve problems where conventional computers fail today. We are still far away from any large-scale implementation,...

Im Focus: Wrinkles give heat a jolt in pillared graphene

Rice University researchers test 3-D carbon nanostructures' thermal transport abilities

Pillared graphene would transfer heat better if the theoretical material had a few asymmetric junctions that caused wrinkles, according to Rice University...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Ecology Across Borders: International conference brings together 1,500 ecologists

15.11.2017 | Event News

Road into laboratory: Users discuss biaxial fatigue-testing for car and truck wheel

15.11.2017 | Event News

#Berlin5GWeek: The right network for Industry 4.0

30.10.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth

17.11.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

NIST scientists discover how to switch liver cancer cell growth from 2-D to 3-D structures

17.11.2017 | Health and Medicine

The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change

17.11.2017 | Studies and Analyses

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>