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Method to erase traumatic memories may be on the horizon
The Baltimore Sun ^ | November 22, 2010 | Meredith Cohn

Posted on 11/22/2010 6:35:52 PM PST by huldah1776

"Soldiers haunted by scenes of war and victims scarred by violence may wish they could wipe the memories from their minds. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University say that may someday be possible.

A commercial drug remains far off — and its use would be subject to many ethical and practical questions. But scientists have laid a foundation with their discovery that proteins can be removed from the brain's fear center to erase memories forever."

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Military/Veterans; Science
KEYWORDS: debate; heroin; medicalmarijuana; oxycontin; painpills; ptsd; science; veterans
"The research has drawn interest from some involved in mental health care, and some concern.

Kate Farinholt, executive director of the mental health support and information group NAMI Maryland, said many people suffering from a traumatic event might benefit from erasing a memory. But there are a lot of unanswered questions, she said."

"Connie Walker, a Leonardtown mother of an Iraq war veteran suffering from PTSD, said there isn't enough attention given to the injuries of service members in general and she specifically supports research into PTSD-related therapy. But Walker, a 23-year-Navy veteran herself, said she wouldn't want her son to take a medication to erase what he witnessed."

Could be interesting, and like those with Alzheimer's, what you don't remember, doesn't hurt. I have lost a lot of memories from epilepsy, so my mother said, but it doesn't bother me. We can re-write and ditch memories at will, so what say you?

1 posted on 11/22/2010 6:35:54 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776
Interesting but a bit frightening...

A commercial drug remains far off — and its use would be subject to many ethical and practical questions. But scientists have laid a foundation with their discovery that proteins can be removed from the brain's fear center to erase memories forever."

In related news, a pharma company is seeking Chicago Cubs fans to participate in clinical testing of a new drug under development...

2 posted on 11/22/2010 6:39:10 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: huldah1776

Seems like a perfect date rape drug.


3 posted on 11/22/2010 6:40:13 PM PST by angryoldfatman
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To: huldah1776
Hey, I'd like something that would just erase the memory of the time our car slid down hill into the path of a freight train.

Really ~ I'd prefer reading about that in a "my life before the drug" book ~

4 posted on 11/22/2010 6:41:03 PM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: huldah1776

Down the ol’ Memory Hole® for real.


5 posted on 11/22/2010 6:41:26 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: angryoldfatman
Seems like a perfect date rape drug.

Amongst other nefarious uses, to be sure...

the infowarrior

6 posted on 11/22/2010 6:41:43 PM PST by infowarrior
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To: huldah1776

Maybe we could wipe out memory of November 2008?


7 posted on 11/22/2010 6:41:47 PM PST by umgud
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To: angryoldfatman

Can it be sprayed with planes over the East & West coasts??


8 posted on 11/22/2010 6:43:13 PM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: huldah1776

but can it erase the
Obama years? :-D. I think they call that a Tea Party.


9 posted on 11/22/2010 6:43:13 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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10 posted on 11/22/2010 6:43:53 PM PST by paterfamilias
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To: huldah1776

ummmmmm........NO thanks!


11 posted on 11/22/2010 6:46:57 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: huldah1776

How do we know that this drug has not already been widely used? Who would remember?


12 posted on 11/22/2010 6:47:02 PM PST by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: paterfamilias; TaxPayer2000

“How many times have you flashy-thinged her?”


13 posted on 11/22/2010 6:51:20 PM PST by angryoldfatman
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To: huldah1776

I’ve lost memories of what certainly were quite traumatic events (I remember what happened before and after, and can piece together what happened during). I’m not sure I would really need a drug for that. I’m also not sure that deliberately erasing memories of a traumatic event would be a good thing.


14 posted on 11/22/2010 6:53:23 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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15 posted on 11/22/2010 6:53:55 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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um, yeah, thinking I’d rather learn to deal with the memories than trust a synthetic drug to rewire my brain.


16 posted on 11/22/2010 7:05:07 PM PST by celticfreedom (the most precious jewels you'll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.)
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To: huldah1776

Bull ,,,Kill who’s gonna kill you,..just answered your question Kate...You figure it out..without our money,


17 posted on 11/22/2010 7:10:57 PM PST by silentreignofheroes
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To: huldah1776

Well, there are already drugs commonly in use that keep you from forming short term memory. I think we ought to be really concerned about this kind of stuff. But i find most people are very sanguine about drugs, especially if a medical professional tells them they should use it.


18 posted on 11/22/2010 7:16:09 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: huldah1776

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

starring Jim Carrey


19 posted on 11/22/2010 7:20:39 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: huldah1776

Years ago, one of the first effective antidepressants, called Norpramin (Desipramine Hydrochloride), was widely prescribed throughout the US to some 2 million people.

Even though it had a huge number of side effects, people were willing to put up with them to get around severe depression. After approval by the FDA, most research was discontinued in the US. However, it continued in Japan, making a strange discovery.

As infant mammals grow, they develop rigid parameters in their perceptions of reality. Things such as size, shape, color, perspective, and accuracy about what senses perceive what input.

However, Desipramine tends to “soften” these parameters.

To demonstrate this, they took ordinary cats, and sewed one of their eyelids shut. Then they injected Desipramine into the optical center of their brain. In about two weeks, after the drug was out of their system, the stitches were removed.

The cats had relearned how to see, with monocular vision. That is, the eye that had been closed still worked, and still sent signals to the brain, but those signals were ignored. The cats had relearned how to see with just one eye.

Now imagine the effect of this on the entire brain.

Importantly, the human mind effectively ignores the vast majority of the sensory input our bodies receive. We skim off just a tiny amount, then further discriminate it by putting it through our rigid mental template of how we define reality. Then we use several other tricks to get just a tiny part of what we could have perceived.

And yet this is so thoroughly trained into us as we mature that it is almost universal among people on Earth. We all use the same tiny amount of information.

So imagine what would happen if a large number of people suddenly were able to stray from the status quo of reality?


20 posted on 11/22/2010 7:39:06 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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21 posted on 11/22/2010 8:06:35 PM PST by txhurl (If we can shake Congress like a can of pennies, we can uproot voter fraud like a D-9.)
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To: huldah1776

There is an episode of the revived Doctor Who British sci-fi TV show with an episode called, “Gridlock.”

The Doctor travels to Earth many years into the future and finds you can buy drugs that can make you happy or make you forget.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28LUKNOaWWA&feature=related


22 posted on 11/22/2010 8:11:09 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: huldah1776
If they can erase memories, it won't be long before they can implant memories.

I seem to remember Arnold did a movie about that sort of thing.....

The possibilities are endless!

23 posted on 11/22/2010 8:27:02 PM PST by sjmjax
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To: paterfamilias

*Kiss*


24 posted on 11/22/2010 8:43:22 PM PST by Tax-chick (Six more days to clean your ceiling fan blades. Don't put it off until the last minute!)
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To: huldah1776
Ex-wife?

(poof)

What ex-wife?

25 posted on 11/22/2010 8:48:16 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: sjmjax
I seem to remember Arnold did a movie about that sort of thing.....

Total Recall, which also had the TSA dream device.


26 posted on 11/22/2010 8:51:24 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Dems' response to 11/2: Do not go gentle into that new day,Rage,rage against the coming of the dawn!)
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To: huldah1776
Method to erase traumatic memories may be on the horizon


27 posted on 11/22/2010 10:06:12 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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LOL - Humor is the best medicine.


28 posted on 11/23/2010 4:40:17 AM PST by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

I thought that was booze?


29 posted on 11/23/2010 7:10:33 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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