In the Mail today there is an article by Tom Utley in which he refers to some research by the University of Cincinnati which shows that people with Parkinson's responded better to a treatment with an 'expensive' placebo than a 'cheap' placebo. He has a dig at us before going on to criticise the NHS in general.
A few seconds research shows that the U of Cincinnati experiment was flawed and in any case the results produced by the 12 (yes only 12) people in the trial show that the improvements fell short of what would be clinically meaningful. Also it noted that the investigator responsible for collecting some of the data knew the nature of the experiment and "may have introduced a positive expectation bias (i.e., anticipation of improvement)." In any case some of the tests showed no difference in the improvements caused by either placebo.
I'm trying to add my comment but the Daily Mail site is playing up.
Am i just being 'touchy' or does anyone else feel insulted by Mr Utley?