Drug helps put bad memories to rest

Drug helps put bad memories to rest

Experiment in sleeping mice may suggest strategy for treating PTSD

By Laura Sanders, 10:52 AM October 18, 2012

NEW ORLEANS — Fearful associations can be knocked back during sleep, research in mice shows. After receiving an injection of a drug, a nasty link between a scent and a painful foot shock faded as the mice slumbered.

The results are preliminary but may ultimately show how to get around a roadblock in treatments for people with post-traumatic stress disorder: Traumatic associations can be weakened in a doctor’s office, but those memories can flood back when triggered by specific events in everyd...

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