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A doctor’s reassurance speeds healing from an allergic reaction, find Stanford psychologists

A doctor with curly brown hair smiles and looks at a person with with lighter gray hair
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Sep 4 2018
Fellow, Research, Stanford

To feel better faster, a dose of reassurance might be just what the doctor ordered.

According to a new study, when a health care provider offers a few encouraging words about their patient’s recovery time from an allergic reaction, symptoms are significantly reduced. The researchers, led by Alia Crum, assistant professor of psychology at Stanford University’s School of Humanities and Sciences, published the findings recently in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Lead author Kari Leibowitz is a 2018 Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow.

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