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Common antibiotic may help prevent and treat PTSD

Antibiotics could be used to treat PTSD.

By: Sarwar Alam

Common antibiotic doxycycline may help treat or prevent post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by disrupting the formation of negative thoughts and fears in the brain, a new study claims. Researchers, including those from University College London in the UK, gave 76 healthy volunteers either doxycycline or a placebo and were put in front of a computer. The screen would flash either blue or red, and one of the colours was associated with a 50 per cent chance of receiving a painful electric shock. This happened 160 times, with the colours appearing in random order, so that participants learnt to associate…

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