I see many hundreds of articles over many months in a year..
I have to screen what I want to read and do that with some common sense as I am not a statistician or “scientific” researcher.
Who published the article, is there a conflict of interests and much more…
Amazingly, placebos used are not always mentioned; they can be a totally “illogical” choice!
How is it possible that olive oil can be used sometimes as a placebo [which maybe work often very positive on many conditions and therefore makes the drug to be examined looks less effective” or the opposite that quite toxic substances are used as a placebo which may make certain “dubious” drugs far more effective than they are compared to the toxic placebo]
No one has to be an Einstein to understand that what is mentioned above is simply trying to “manipulate results.”