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New Benzo Research-help minus sedation,addiction? Phil

Posted by Noa on October 13, 2000, at 14:16:15

In reply to Re: New Research on Antianxiety Medications (Benzos), posted by Phil on October 8, 2000, at 11:19:33

Phil, I just found the article about this research. It is in the current (October 6, 2000, vol 290) issue of Science. On page 23 there is a news article about it (for us lay folks) and on page 131 is the research report. I don't know about others, but I think this is big news. Here is the summary from the online site for Science magazine:

A Possible Target for Better Benzodiazepines

Laura Helmuth

Pharmacologists have tried for years to distill the desirable effects of
benzodiazepines from the undesirable ones; now a team of neuroscientists has
shown that such a strategy could well succeed. Benzodiazepines work by
amplifying the action of the neurotransmitter GABA, the brain's main "off" switch,
and in work described on page 131, a group has pinpointed one particular
subtype of the GABA receptor as the source of benzodiazepines'
anxiety-reducing powers.

The url for this summary is:

Unfortunately, registration is required to get into their site, and a subscription is required to read the full text. I read the old fashioned way--at the good ole bricks and mortar public library.




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