Navigation Links
Anxious about life? Tylenol may do the trick
Date:4/16/2013

University of British Columbia researchers have found a new potential use for the over-the-counter pain drug Tylenol. Typically known to relieve physical pain, the study suggests the drug may also reduce the psychological effects of fear and anxiety over the human condition, or existential dread.

Published in the Association for Psychological Science journal Psychological Science, the study advances our understanding of how the human brain processes different kinds of pain.

"Pain exists in many forms, including the distress that people feel when exposed to thoughts of existential uncertainty and death," says lead author Daniel Randles, UBC Dept. of Psychology. "Our study suggests these anxieties may be processed as 'pain' by the brain but Tylenol seems to inhibit the signal telling the brain that something is wrong."

The study builds on recent American research that found acetaminophen the generic form of Tylenol can successfully reduce the non-physical pain of being ostracized from friends. The UBC team sought to determine whether the drug had similar effects on other unpleasant experiences in this case, existential dread.

In the study, participants took acetaminophen or a placebo while performing tasks designed to evoke this kind of anxiety including writing about death or watching a surreal David Lynch video and then assign fines to different types of crimes, including public rioting and prostitution.

Compared to a placebo group, the researchers found the people taking acetaminophen were significantly more lenient in judging the acts of the criminals and rioters and better able to cope with troubling ideas. The results suggest that participants' existential suffering was "treated" by the headache drug.

"That a drug used primarily to alleviate headaches may also numb people to the worry of thoughts of their deaths, or to the uneasiness of watching a surrealist film is a surprising and very i
'/>"/>

Contact: Basil Waugh
basil.waugh@ubc.ca
604-822-2048
University of British Columbia
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Neuroeconomics to study decision-making in anxious individuals
2. Male mice exposed to chronic social stress have anxious female offspring
3. Trickle-down anxiety: Study examines parental behaviors that create anxious children
4. Avoiding Scary Situations May Leave Kids More Anxious: Study
5. What can Hollywood teach us about our planet?
6. Stress about wifes breast cancer can harm a mans health
7. Concerns about MRSA for expectant mothers may be unfounded
8. Adjusting Your Attitude About Chronic Pain May Help You Sleep
9. Moffitt researchers find adolescents with cancer concerned about their future reproductive health
10. About 1 baby born each hour addicted to opiate drugs in U.S., U-M study shows
11. People Love Talking About Themselves, Brain Scans Show
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/1/2014)... ST. LOUIS, MO (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 ... up for Castlewood Eating Disorder Treatment Center’s first ever charity ... provides grants for people with eating disorders who cannot afford ... Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka, Mo. , The ... time at noon. A reception and award dinner will begin ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Maine (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 Between ... disorders in the U.S., according to figures from the ... Related Diseases Association (AARDA), and many of them have ... chance of having undiagnosed celiac disease. Gluten Free ... raise awareness of undiagnosed celiac disease by publishing a ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 NoteSwift Inc., ... EHR versions 10.0, 12.1 and 13.0. NoteSwift is the ... as commands to navigate and document clinical information at ... provider spends creating a patient note by more than ... of the major pain points providers state impedes EHR ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... IL (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 On ... two Chicago-based finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made ... small businesses across the country in the fields of ... to be recognized as a finalist in the MSAMAs, ... inspiring products that are improving local communities and changing ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Deland, Florida (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 ... to promote awareness and early detection plans while raising ... to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in ... Water also wants to promote the importance of having ... contaminated drinking water may be linked to certain forms ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Project HEAL Benefit Golf Tournament Gaining Momentum 2Health News:Project HEAL Benefit Golf Tournament Gaining Momentum 3Health News:Informative New Blog Series Underscores Link Between Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmune Disorders 2Health News:Informative New Blog Series Underscores Link Between Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmune Disorders 3Health News:NoteSwift Joins Allscripts Developer Program 2Health News:NoteSwift Joins Allscripts Developer Program 3Health News:Chicago Coffee Start-up Makes a Big Impact, Earns National Recognition 2Health News:Pelican Water Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Order Donations 2
... /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Predictive medicine company,PreMD Inc. (TSX: PMD; PREMF.pk) ("PreMD" ... quarter of fiscal 2008 ended,September 30, 2008 ("Q3 2008")., ... the PREVU* appeal is being reviewed by the ... the agreement with AstraZeneca has been terminated; ...
... BPA might lessen chances of successful pregnancy, research suggests ... a controversial chemical used to harden plastic packaging for ... report. , Bisphenol A (BPA) could hurt the chances ... embryos to attach to the uterus, according to presentations ...
... Stem Cell ... Biology Research, ST. ... with AlphaGenix, Inc., a,leading developer and manufacturer of products for basic ... of,AlphaGenix-developed antibodies and research tools for the fields of,regenerative medicine and ...
... socioeconomic factor influencing outcomes, study finds , , THURSDAY, Nov. ... die from inoperable non-small cell lung cancer than women, ... most important factor influencing overall survival of patients with ... of researchers in six U.S. cities studied 1,365 patients ...
... Ga., Nov. 13 On behalf of its 24,965,members ... called for the public release of the details related ... Dougherty County Commission,on changes to the health care plan ... to the county commissioners expressing concerns and,asking questions about ...
... Popular Ribbon Campaign Moves from Bumpers to Blogs , ... San Mateo, ... the Alzheimer,s Association teamed up in the fight against Alzheimer,s, ... media campaign to spread awareness of this growing epidemic. The Purple Ribbon ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 2Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 3Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 4Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 5Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 6Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 7Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 8Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 9Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 10Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 11Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 12Health News:PreMD Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results and Appoints New Chief Financial Officer 13Health News:Chemical in Plastics May Cause Fertility Problems 2Health News:Chemical in Plastics May Cause Fertility Problems 3Health News:Sigma-Aldrich Enters Distribution Agreement With AlphaGenix, Inc. 2Health News:Sigma-Aldrich Enters Distribution Agreement With AlphaGenix, Inc. 3Health News:Lung Cancer May Be Deadlier for Men 2Health News:CAGW Questions Healthcare Plan Options Presented to the Dougherty County Commission 2Health News:Caring.com and Alzheimer's Association Use Social Media to Help Spread Awareness for the Nation's Sixth Leading Cause of Death 2Health News:Caring.com and Alzheimer's Association Use Social Media to Help Spread Awareness for the Nation's Sixth Leading Cause of Death 3
(Date:10/1/2014)... Oct. 1, 2014   Royal Philips ... announced its eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion telehealth applications have ... Drug Administration (FDA). A part of Philips Hospital ... eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion are focused on patient care ... applications to be available through the cloud-based digital ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... LAUSANNE , Suisse, October 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... génomique clinique et dans le domaine de l,analyse ... a lancé aujourd,hui une solution de diagnostic in ... d,exécuter une analyse complète de la mucoviscidose dans ... d,identifier et de caractériser tous les types de ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... 30, 2014  Wrightington, Wigan ... MDRX ) are delighted to announce WWL,s ... new health information system. The system will be implemented ... the way WWL delivers healthcare in the future. ... record of on-time and on-budget system implementations as well ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Philips Secures 510(k) Clearance to Market the First Clinical Applications for its new Digital Health Platform 2Philips Secures 510(k) Clearance to Market the First Clinical Applications for its new Digital Health Platform 3Philips Secures 510(k) Clearance to Market the First Clinical Applications for its new Digital Health Platform 4Sophia Genetics lance une analyse complète du gène CFTR dans un essai clinique SGN 2Sophia Genetics lance une analyse complète du gène CFTR dans un essai clinique SGN 3Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust selects Allscripts Sunrise 2Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust selects Allscripts Sunrise 3Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust selects Allscripts Sunrise 4
... world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies ... Amcare Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ConvaTec Holdings ... and subsidiaries ("SureCalm Healthcare"), a UK-based homecare services ... prescribable stoma care and continence devices. ...
... Rubicon Genomics, Inc., a company developing and commercializing ... performance of DNA and RNA analytical platforms, today ... to manufacture the TransPLEX® kits it will be ... Velesco is a provider of analytical method development, ...
Cached Medicine Technology:ConvaTec Announces Acquisition of SureCalm Healthcare 2Rubicon Genomics Selects Velesco to Manufacture its TransPLEX® RNA Amplification Kits for Clinical Diagnostic Use 2Rubicon Genomics Selects Velesco to Manufacture its TransPLEX® RNA Amplification Kits for Clinical Diagnostic Use 3
... The cost-effective line of compact CO2 ... of 20, 30 or 40 watts ... feature an extremely accurate laser beam, as ... are especially advantageous for small operating theatres ...
... the progress and perfecting of endourological techniques ... a more strategic role in the urological ... sector has certainly contributed towards simplifying and ... that are becoming more and more prevalent ...
... a new CO2 laser system with intensities ... and an exclusive design for easy handling ... SmarXide is the leader in a new ... features of Dekas laser devices, like safety ...
... laser allows you to expand your ... as hair removal, treatment of leg ... for sun-damaged skin. The Acclaim ... treatment based on skin and hair ...
Medicine Products: