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The Real—and Growing—Effects of Fake Pills
Article includes Alberto Espay, MD, associate professor of neurology with the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

Most of us think of a placebo as a simple psychological tricka fake pill might give us hope, but it produces no real effects.
Yet, recent research has shown an increase in the placebo response over the past couple of decades. 
 >> Associated expert: Alberto Espay, MD

A Second Chance
Cincy Magazine
Article features comments from Shimul Shah, MD, associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the UC College of Medicine and director of the liver transplant program at UC Health, and a UC Health physician.

By the time Brian Martin got his liver transplant he had lost so much muscle mass that he could barely walk, fell often, and got so easily worn out that taking a shower caused him to take to his bed. "The last year was really rough,” says Martin, 47, of his wait for a match to replace his genetically diseased liver.

UC Doctor Uses Jet Engine Knowledge to Fix Woman's Vocal Cords
WLWT-TV, Channel 5
TV segment includes Sid Khosla, MD, a UC Health physician, and Liran Oren, PhD, both associate professors in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the UC College of Medicine.

Anna Kessler was a fun-loving kid who developed issues with breathing over time. "I thought it was just asthma at first. I couldn't get a full breath,” Kessler said. Kessler’s pediatrician told her she had sports-induced asthma. "It was a lot of tightness in my throat. I felt like my throat was closing off,” Kessler said.
 >> Associated expert: Sid Khosla, MD

The Future of Health Care Is in Data Analytics
Article includes comments from Charles Doarn, director of telemedicine at the University of Cincinnati.
Through telehealth, companies are collecting lots of data about patients. The next step is figuring out how to use it. 
 >> Associated expert: Charles Doarn

Examining Medication-Related Pediatric ED Visits
Physician's Weekly
Article highlights the research of Neil MacKinnon, PhD, dean of UC's James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. 
A study found that about one of every 12 ED visits by pediatric patients is medication related. These patients are more likely to be admitted to hospitals and have a longer length of stay than other patients, but many of these visits are preventable.

Northern Kentucky Paralympian Reflects on the Road to Gold
WLWT, Channel 5
TV segment features Angela Stillwagon, DO, assistant professor, in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine and UC Health’s Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care.
Basketball is Ian Lynch’s passion and he has several medals to show for it. But there’s one medal of which he’s most proud. Lynch took home the gold as part of the U.S. men’s wheelchair basketball team at this year’s Paralympic Games in Brazil. It was the team’s eighth overall gold medal, and its first since Seoul 1988.

Why Do Placebos Work?
CBS Sunday Morning
CBS Sunday Morning segment features Alberto Espay, MD, associate professor in the UC College of Medicine and neurologist at the Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.
How real is the placebo effect? Can a pill actually cure an ailment, even if that pill contains no medicine at all? 

$120 M Cancer Center Opening in Butler County
Dayton Daily News
Butler County is now home to the latest technology to fight some of the most daunting forms of cancer. The UC Health and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center $120 million Proton Therapy Center is one of the most advanced proton research and cancer treatment centers in the world, officials said during a tour Monday of the facility.

Why Do We Crave Comfort Food? UC Scientists Show Us
Cincinnati Enquirer
Story highlights the research of Annie Egan, a UC doctoral candidate in neuroscience who conducted the research at the UC-Reading laboratory under the direction of Yvonne Ulrich-Lai, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience.

We reach for "comfort food" when we're under stress, and we often feel guilty about that relief. But research from a University of Cincinnati laboratory suggests that the sweet stuff can actually calm the mind and the body.

Lab Lament: If We only Had Some Brains
Boston Herald
Story includes comment from Rob McCullumsmith, PhD, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
The brain bank at Belmont’s McLean Hospital is facing a dire shortage of healthy gray matter — receiving just one nondiseased brain donation in nearly a year—and scientists say the lack of specimens threatens to stymie research for critical diseases such as Alzheimer’s and ALS.

Congress Passes Opioids Bill to Address Addiction and Support Recovery
The Guardian UK
Article includes comments from Shawn Ryan, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC College of Medicine. 

As a deadly opioid overdose epidemic sweeps across the US, the Senate passed an extensive anti-addiction bill aimed at fighting the crisis with prevention, treatment and recovery options – however, it is yet to be funded.

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