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Dr. Lang Authors Chapter in “Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future”

Elvira V. Lang’s chapter “No pain no gain: A neuroethical place for hypnosis in invasive interventions” is now in press in the Oxford University Press book “Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future” edited by Judy Illes and Sharmin Hossain.

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Harvard Alumni Association Profiles Dr. Lang

Harvard Business School recognizes that Comfort Talk® is making a difference and profiled Dr. Lang! Click the image below to view their video profile and read the article!

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Training in Lansing Michigan

Dr. Lang is conducting a training for the MRI team at Mid-Michigan MRI at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing Michigan 11-13 October, 2016

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Book chapter in press

Dr. Elvira V. Lang’s chapter “No pain no gain: A neuroethical place for hypnosis in invasive interventions” is now in press in the Oxford University Press book “Neuroethics: Anticipating the Future” edited by Judy Illes and Sharmin Hossain

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The Power of Positive Thinking, WSJ February 15, 2016

“To minimize nocebo effects connected to medical and surgical procedures, Boston radiologist Elvira Lang has devised an approach that she calls Comfort Talk. Patients are warned of potential harms well in advance of the procedure, not immediately before. Staff soothe the patient, encouraging him or her to relax and focus on positive imagery. Dr. Lang has shown […]

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Could Talk Therapy Ease Your Pain During Surgery?

From Elle.com, an excerpt from the book Cure by Jo Marchant. “Millions of people every year undergo invasive procedures such as biopsies and keyhole surgery while wide awake. Unlike open surgery, which involves cutting a large incision in the skin, in a keyhole operation the surgeon works through a tiny opening, guided by images from […]

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I Got Hypnotized to Convince Myself to Go to the Gym. Here’s How It Worked.

Dr. Elvira Lang is featured in this article from Men’s Fitness about defining hypnosis and its practical applications –  Roger Clemens clucking like a chicken. Of all the many pop culture references that exist for hypnosis, that’s the one that keeps popping into my head. It’s from a scene in The Simpsons, the softball episode, in […]

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Report on Comfort Talk – The Boston Globe, Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nice article about a new book of British Journalist Jo Marchant who researched mind-body techniques and dedicated one chapter to the Comfort Talk training we had provided at Boston Medial Center.

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MRI Incompletions Drop After Comfort Training

CHICAGO — No-show and incompletion rates for MRI decreased after technicians were trained in patient calming techniques, according to early results from a large study. Sometimes just a simple word change can make a big difference, said Alexander Norbash, MD, chair of radiology at the University of California in San Diego. Read more at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/855471

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Your Mood Can Predict How Well Your Surgery Goes: TIME

A new study sheds light on an unexpected factor in surgical outcomes. If a patient is in a bad mood, their medical procedure may not go as smoothly, according to a new study. Feeling anxious, stressed or all-around crummy could impact the outcome of a surgical procedure like an angioplasty, suggests the research, which was presented […]

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