Tuesday, February 17, 2009


"Who are these children and why are they calling me Mom?"

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to forget bad memories? What if there were a pill you could take to wipe out the memory of bad things that happen in your life.

According to my wife, I don't need such a pill. She claims I already have selective memory.

And a hearing problem.

But I digress.

Dutch researchers have discovered that taking a generic beta-blocker "significantly weakened people's fearful memories of spiders."

So much for a fear of spiders, but what about other things?

The findings published in the journal Nature Neuroscience are important because the drug may offer another way to help people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems related to bad memories.

That sounds promising.

And here is some good news as well.

Propanolol is not some new miracle drug. It is generic and available for $4 at many pharmacies.

That's cheaper than getting drunk to forget.
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