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Can prayers really heal?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 06, 2009 | 0 comments

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say your prayers - statue on cemetery pere lachaise, parisA study in the US Journal of Reproductive Medicine found that prayer doubles the success rate of IVF.

When volunteers were asked to pray for certain couples having fertility treatment, the women who were mentioned in the prayers had a 50 per cent pregnancy rate - twice the level of success compared to those who were not mentioned.

Like many health studies looking at prayer, the IVF patients had no idea what was happening - so their own faith did not influence results. The findings are backed by an earlier study which found that prayers boosted the health of heart patients.

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