Study: Praying Won’t Affect Heart Patients
By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer
Thursday, March 30, 2006
(03-30) 10:01 PST NEW YORK, (AP) —
In the largest study of its kind, researchers found that having people pray for heart bypass surgery patients had no effect on their recovery. In fact, patients who knew they were being prayed for had a slightly higher rate of complications.
Researchers emphasized that their work can’t address whether God exists or answers prayers made on another’s behalf. The study can only look for an effect from prayers offered as part of the research, they said.