New study: Praying doesn’t help people

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - 9:54 pm PST

A rigorous ten-year, $2.4 million study testing for the beneficial effects of prayer found that out of 1,802 patients at three hospitals, those who were being prayed for (but did not know it) recovered no better than those who were not prayed for. Further, those who knew they were being prayed for had an 8% higher rate of medical complications than either of the other two groups. Scientists will next turn their attention to a $3.7 million study to determine whether people who walk under ladders have worse luck than those in a control group.