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Pediatric cough: Placebo cough syrup better than no treatment

KEY POINT

Parents reported a greater improvement in acute cough symptoms in young children with the use of a placebo compared with no treatment, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics.    

SOURCES

Paul IM et al. Placebo effect in the treatment of acute cough in infants and toddlers: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics. 2014;[Epub ahead of print].

Taylor JA et al. Using the placebo effect to treat cold symptoms in children. JAMA Pediatrics. 2014;[Epub ahead of print].