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The Magno-Blanket is probably able to relieve arthritic pain in older

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The Magno-Blanket is probably able to relieve arthritic pain in older dogs. A hospital study of people suffering from severe joint pain found that 76 percent of those who were treated with magnets reported reduced pain after just 3 weeks. Dogs and humans have similar physiologies and the Magno-Blanket brings magnets into the same proximity to the dog's joints as they were to patients' joints in the hospital study.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The Magno-Blanket is likely to be effective on cats and other pets as well if it is effective at reducing joint pain in arthritic dogs.
(B) Magnets have been shown to be capable of intensifying the transmission of messages from people's nerve cells to their brains.
(C) There are currently fewer means of safely alleviating arthritic pain in dogs than in humans.
(D) The patients in the hospital study suffering from severe joint pain who, after being treated with magnets, did not report reduced pain tended not to be those suffering from the most severe pain.
(E) Most of the patients in the hospital study suffering from severe joint pain who received a placebo rather than treatment with magnets did not report reduced pain.

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Re: The Magno-Blanket is probably able to relieve arthritic pain in older  [#permalink]

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The Magno-Blanket is probably able to relieve arthritic pain in older dogs. A hospital study of people suffering from severe joint pain found that 76 percent of those who were treated with magnets reported reduced pain after just 3 weeks. Dogs and humans have similar physiologies and the Magno-Blanket brings magnets into the same proximity to the dog's joints as they were to patients' joints in the hospital study.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The Magno-Blanket is likely to be effective on cats and other pets as well if it is effective at reducing joint pain in arthritic dogs.
(B) Magnets have been shown to be capable of intensifying the transmission of messages from people's nerve cells to their brains.
(C) There are currently fewer means of safely alleviating arthritic pain in dogs than in humans.
(D) The patients in the hospital study suffering from severe joint pain who, after being treated with magnets, did not report reduced pain tended not to be those suffering from the most severe pain.
(E) Most of the patients in the hospital study suffering from severe joint pain who received a placebo rather than treatment with magnets did not report reduced pain.
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None except (E) weakens the possibility of an alternative treatment that could have reduced the pain and directly supports the Highlighted part of the stimulus.
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The Magno-Blanket is probably able to relieve arthritic pain in older dogs. A hospital study of people suffering from severe joint pain found that 76 percent of those who were treated with magnets reported reduced pain after just 3 weeks. Dogs and humans have similar physiologies and the Magno-Blanket brings magnets into the same proximity to the dog's joints as they were to patients' joints in the hospital study.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The Magno-Blanket is likely to be effective on cats and other pets as well if it is effective at reducing joint pain in arthritic dogs.
(B) Magnets have been shown to be capable of intensifying the transmission of messages from people's nerve cells to their brains.
(C) There are currently fewer means of safely alleviating arthritic pain in dogs than in humans.
(D) The patients in the hospital study suffering from severe joint pain who, after being treated with magnets, did not report reduced pain tended not to be those suffering from the most severe pain.
(E) Most of the patients in the hospital study suffering from severe joint pain who received a placebo rather than treatment with magnets did not report reduced pain.

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Option A and E are contenders. The problem with option A is that it talks about the effectiveness of Magno-Blanket treatment. We are not interested to know how effective the treatment is. We are interested to know does Magno-Blanket treatment alleviates the suffering of arthritis or not. Clearly, Option E is the winner.
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Akela wrote:
The Magno-Blanket is probably able to relieve arthritic pain in older dogs. A hospital study of people suffering from severe joint pain found that 76 percent of those who were treated with magnets reported reduced pain after just 3 weeks. Dogs and humans have similar physiologies and the Magno-Blanket brings magnets into the same proximity to the dog's joints as they were to patients' joints in the hospital study.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

(A) The Magno-Blanket is likely to be effective on cats and other pets as well if it is effective at reducing joint pain in arthritic dogs.
(B) Magnets have been shown to be capable of intensifying the transmission of messages from people's nerve cells to their brains.
(C) There are currently fewer means of safely alleviating arthritic pain in dogs than in humans.
(D) The patients in the hospital study suffering from severe joint pain who, after being treated with magnets, did not report reduced pain tended not to be those suffering from the most severe pain.
(E) Most of the patients in the hospital study suffering from severe joint pain who received a placebo rather than treatment with magnets did not report reduced pain.

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(A) No mention of cats/other pets. Main focus on humans.
(B) Not sure if he transmission of messages from people's nerve cells reduces the pain.
(C) The comparison does not affect the argument
(D) This weakens the argument as the most severe cases have not been attended to.
(E) Correct as this strengthens the validity of the study group. Removes doubt for erroneous results.
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Strengthen Question:

To save time and apply with in time - Pre-think first

Here the possible way of strengthening is

1. The method will lessen the pain on humans too - Conclusion of the passage
2. There are some peculiar things which can make strengthen the logic - dogs and human will have similar response on this methods - strengthen the logic

A.B.C.D - No one talks about it

E - Pre-think method 1

Answer - E
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