Shot to Brain Could Calm Fears
At least it does in goldfish in Japanese study
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2010 7:11 PM CDT
A shot of anesthetic to the brain was found to calm the fears of goldfish, whose brains are similar to mammals'.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – A study on goldfish has yielded hope for a temporary fix for humans paralyzed by fear, Japanese scientists say. They injected anesthetic directly into the fishes’ brains—which are similar to many mammals’—and thus switched off its fear center. The news could mean temporary calm for those afraid to fly, for instance.

“I think it would be great if someone needs to get an MRI if you could give them a shot of lidocaine,” one scientist tells ABC News, citing the claustrophobia that’s also a problem for millions. “If you can find out the reasons for the claustrophobia, it would be better. But in an emergency, that would be a really good idea.”

 

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