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'Trauma Pill' Could Make Memories Less Painful


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(AP) -- Suppose you could erase bad memories from your mind. Suppose, as in a recent movie, your brain could be wiped clean of sad and traumatic thoughts.

That is science fiction. But real-world scientists are working on the next best thing. They have been testing a pill that, when given after a traumatic event like rape, may make the resulting memories less painful and intense.

Will it work? It is too soon to say. Still, it is not far-fetched to think that this drug someday might be passed out along with blankets and food at emergency shelters after disasters like the tsunami or Hurricane Katrina.

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http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/01/14/traum...l.ap/index.html

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I saw that, too. Here's the kicker, though:

Propranolol can blunt this. It is in a class of drugs called beta blockers and is the one most able to cross the blood-brain barrier and get to where stress hormones are wreaking havoc. It already is widely used to treat high blood pressure and is being tested for stage fright.

It's long time, cheap, generic, blood pressure medication. Good for stress, good for migraines, good for blood pressure, and now PTSD.

Amazing!

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