Bad Memories? Here, Take a Pill

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 6:29 pm (UTC-5)

Do you ever wish you could take a pill that would erase a really traumatic memory or at least help take the emotional pain away?

A recent study suggests researchers might be on to something like that.

The team from the Centre for Studies on Human Stress at the University of Montreal says the drug metyrapone could help those suffering from conditions such as Post-traumatic stress disorder.

On the “Science World” radio program this weekend, we talk with the study’s lead author, Marie-France Marin.

She tells us that metyrapone doesn’t actually eliminate the memory, but it does reduce the brain’s ability to re-record the negative emotions associated with bad memories.

Listen to the interview here… 

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Other stories we cover on the “Science World” radio program this week include:

  • A somber anniversary as AIDS hits the 30-year mark
  • World health experts now say cell phones might cause cancer
  • China rejects Google claims that hackers in that country spied on email accounts
  • How technology is helping to improve access to health care in Senegal
  • Who would win a chess match in an Earth versus Space contest
Rick Pantaleo
Rick Pantaleo maintains the Science World blog and writes stories for VOA’s web and radio on a variety of science, technology and health topics. He also occasionally appears on various VOA programs to talk about the latest scientific news. Rick joined VOA in 1992 after a 20 year career in commercial broadcasting.

2 Responses to “Bad Memories? Here, Take a Pill”

  1. Leonam says:

    I think it’s a very interesting research mainly because some people have problems to move on their lives and something tramatic happens.

  2. Qudratullah says:

    It should not errace good things.