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By Nanci Bompey • July 19, 2010

ASHEVILLE — A study published by Dr. Adrian Sandler has been generating quite a stir in the medical community.

The study published in the June 14 edition of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics found that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder can do just as well on half their medication.

The researchers supplemented a lower dose of medication with a placebo with full knowledge of parents and children, suggesting that this conditioned placebo treatment allows treatment to be effectively treated on lower doses of medication.

“I’ve been getting a lot of calls and e-mails,” said Sandler, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and the medical director of the Olson Huff Center for Child Development at Mission Children’s Hospital, who conducted the research with James Bodfish, a professor in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics at UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and study coordinator Corrine Glesne.

“People in practice are wondering ‘What do we do with this? How can we use this?’” Sandler said. “I don’t know the answer.”

While it is unclear how the findings can be translated into a clinical setting, or exactly why it works, Sandler said it does further the emerging field of using placebos for therapy.

The idea of mind-body medicine could potentially transform the way certain conditions are treated, with placebos being used in a more deliberate way than they have been, he said.

“In the past, placebo effects have been regarded as a nuisance,” he said. “This really turns that somewhat on its head.”

“It’s certainly the best research idea I’ve ever had,” he said.

Read in Full:  http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100719/LIVING/307190028



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