Health of the elderly at risk from pill-crushing culture in aged care facilities

As many as one in five older patients has difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules (a condition called dysphagia), however the most obvious solution – liquid medicine – is rarely available for the kinds of drugs commonly prescribed for the elderly. This reality has led to many staff at Australian aged-care facilities crushing a patient’s prescribed […]

Routine prescribing of placebos – new study suggests it could be the future

The puzzling medical phenomena of the placebo effect has been well known in the medical community for many years, however a new body of research suggests that, contrary to previous thinking, the effect may still work even when the patient knows they’re taking a pill that contains nothing more than sugar. Four small trials conducted […]