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06/21/2005 11:31 AM ID: 48736 Permalink   

Cure for SARS is Schizophrenia Drug: Experts


Chinese and European experts announced over the weekend that a drug used to help treat schizophrenia also shows promise as being a cure for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The drug in question is cinanserin.

Overall, teams of both Chinese and European experts tested 15 different drugs in the hope of finding a cure for SARS. Of the 15, however, only cinanserin underwent sufficient testing. Cinanserin blocks the cornanvirus that triggers SARS.

Peter Kristensen from the University of Aarhus in Denmark said: “Cinanserin could be directly prescribed to prevent the SARS disease or treat SARS patients if the fatal epidemic makes a comeback.”

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I was wondering how it was that I work with schizophrenics but had not heard of this all. I couldn't find anything in the usual drug databases, either. Apparently it only went through some clinical trials in the 60's and was never really used widely.
  by: momentofclarity     06/21/2005 07:47 PM     
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