11 Mar '12, 4am

Pill that 'cures' racism discovered by researchers

Pill that 'cures' racism discovered by researchers

PROPRANOLOL: Could this simple pill be the end of racism? (Photo: Wiki Commons) A new study out of Oxford University on the blood pressure drug propranolol has shown that it may help to suppress racist views, according to the Telegraph . Could racism really be cured with a pill? It's apparently possible, though the idea also raises a number of ethical issues that must be dealt with first. Propranolol is a common drug currently prescribed to treat conditions like high blood pressure, anxiety, migraines and various heart conditions. It acts as a beta-blocker on the peripheral autonomic nervous system, and has also been shown to effect brain regions that deal with emotional reactions such as those that occur when we feel fearful. Researchers got the idea to test propranolol's influence on racial biases because many of these same regions are also known to regulate subconscious...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/pill...

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