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  Placebo



Placebo

    A placebo is an inactive pill, liquid, or powder that has no treatment value. In clinical trials, experimental treatments are often compared with placebos to assess the treatment's effectiveness. In some studies, the participants in the control group will receive a placebo instead of an active drug or treatment. No sick participant receives a placebo if there is a known beneficial treatment.

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Placebo
A placebo is an inactive pill, liquid, or powder that has no treatment value. In clinical trials, experimental treatments are often compared with placebos to assess the treatment's effectiveness. In some studies, the participants in the control group will receive a placebo instead of an active drug or treatment. No sick participant receives a placebo if there is a known beneficial treatment.

Clinical
That which can be observed in patients. Research that uses patients to test new treatments, as opposed to laboratory testing or research in animals.



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Placenta
Organ that grows in the uterus during pregnancy and connects the blood supplies of the mother and baby.

Placenta previa
Abnormal location of the placenta in the lower part of the uterus, near or over the cervix.

Placental abruption
Premature detachment of the placenta from the wall of the uterus causing severe bleeding that is life threatening to both a pregnant woman and fetus.

Placentia Linda Hospital
Placentia Linda Hospital is a hospital in Placentia, California (USA).

Placentia-Linda Community Hospital
The Placentia-Linda Community Hospital is a hospital in Placentia, California, United States.

Placidyl
Placidyl is a prescription or over-the-counter drug which is (or once was) approved in the United States and possibly in other countries. Active ingredient(s): ethchlorvynol.



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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Gynecological condition caused by an infection (usually sexually transmitted) that spreads from the vagina to the upper parts of a woman's reproductive tract in the pelvic cavity. PID takes different courses in different women, but can cause abscesses and constant pain almost anywhere in the genital tract. If left untreated, it can cause infertility or more frequent periods. Severe cases may even spread to the liver and kidneys causing dangerous internal bleeding and death.

Polycystic Kidney Disease
A rare inherited condition in which the kidney are composed of multiple cysts. Kidney cysts are associated with an increased incidence of cerebral aneurysm. Symptoms usually appear later (if they do at all) and include blood in the urine, flank pain, excessive urination at night and abdominal pain. Individuals may also have elevated blood pressure. Chronic (end-stage renal disease) renal failure is the most common result in the 5th to 6th decades of life.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCOS is a disorder in which the ovaries produce excessive amounts of male hormones (androgens) and develop many small cysts. Symptoms commonly include heavy, irregular or missed periods as well as acne, excessive hair growth on the face, obesity and infertility.

Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis muscle, as opposed to passing below it. This is seen in 12% of the population. Spasm of the piriformis muscle can mimic the pain of sciatica. This can be treated by muscle relaxants.

Prescription medicine
The written direction for drugs for medicinal use, given by the doctor, dentist and nurse to the patient, for dispensation by the pharmacist.

Placebo

Penis Pill
In the past few years a number of penis enlargement pills as well as erection helping pills have appeared.

Prescription drug
A drug requiring a prescription, a physician's order. By comparison with an over-the-counter drug.

Papulopustular acne
A type of acne characterized by the presence of papules and pustules.

Propionibacterium acnes
A normal resident on the skin, P. acnes will multiply rapidly in clogged hair follicles where sebum is trapped.

Pustule
An inflammatory comedo that resembles a whitehead with a ring of redness around it.

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