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Wake-Up Drug Could Help the Sleep-Deprived
    #4570931 - 08/23/05 03:13 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20050823/hl_hsn/wakeupdrugcouldhelpthesleepdeprived

Wake-Up Drug Could Help the Sleep-Deprived

TUESDAY, Aug. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Shiftworkers, hospital staff clocking long hours, and other sleep-challenged Americans may someday have a means of restoring full alertness even if sleep-deprived.

Researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., say an experimental drug called CX717 temporarily improved performance and reversed the effects of sleep deprivation in the brains of monkeys.

The drug works on a type of brain receptor involved in cell-to-cell communication, boosting the action of the neurotransmitter glutamate.

Reporting late Monday in the online edition of the Public Library of Science-Biology, the team first taught alert, well-rested monkeys to pick out specific images from a range of others flashed on a computer screen. Use of CX717 improved test scores of these fully alert monkeys to near-perfect, the researchers report.

They then had the same monkeys take the test again after being deprived of sleep for 30 to 36 hours -- the equivalent of humans going three days without rest.

Like humans, the primates' performance was noticeably sluggish due to lack of sleep. But use of CX717 brought that performance back to normal levels, the North Carolina team report.

"In addition to improving performance under normal conditions, the drug restored performance that was impaired after sleep loss," senior researcher Samuel Deadwyler said in a prepared statement.

PET scan imaging of the monkeys' brains "revealed that one basis for the drug's effects was to reverse changes in brain patterns induced by sleep deprivation," the researchers said.

CX717 appeared to increase activity in the brain's frontal cortex -- where higher mental processing occurs -- and centers governing short-term memory.

A drug that could reverse the effects of sleep deprivation would be regarded by some as a breakthrough in helping health professionals, shift workers, military personnel and others required to function at top level while coping with sleep deficits, the researchers said.

CX717 also showed positive results when it was tested in sleep-deprived humans, according to the drug's developer, Cortex Pharmaceuticals.


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Re: Wake-Up Drug Could Help the Sleep-Deprived [Re: automan]
    #4570942 - 08/23/05 03:14 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

now, read it again, but everytime you see 'CX717' replace it with 'Cocaine'.

if pot could be proven to help performance, would it be legal? why is only performance increasing drugs ok to use?


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Re: Wake-Up Drug Could Help the Sleep-Deprived [Re: automan]
    #4572304 - 08/23/05 09:45 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I was thinking the same thing, except with methamphetamine. I could see them giving meth to the workers of America as a "wake-up drug" while demonizing it on the street.


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Re: Wake-Up Drug Could Help the Sleep-Deprived [Re: Ravus]
    #4572655 - 08/23/05 10:49 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

"ohh thats not methamphetamine..... meth is HORRIBLE... this is betamethamphetamine.... much healthier for you.... in fact if you take it all the time it wont harm you ONE BIT" lol


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Re: Wake-Up Drug Could Help the Sleep-Deprived [Re: LeftyBurnz]
    #4573190 - 08/24/05 12:42 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

kinda like it-290 right???


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Re: Wake-Up Drug Could Help the Sleep-Deprived [Re: automan]
    #4575162 - 08/24/05 04:23 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

automan said:
why is only performance increasing drugs ok to use?




To change a human being into this:



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