Army Hopes Nasal Spray will Combat Depression

Army Hopes Nasal Spray will Combat Depression
Monday, August 20, 2012 - 10:36pm

The U.S. Army is hoping a nasal spray will help combat rising suicide rates in the military. It's approved a grant for a professor at the Indiana University of Medicine to research whether a nasal spray could safely deliver a certain anti-depressive chemical to the brain, helping curb suicidal thoughts. The naturally-occurring chemical, thyrotropin, or TRH, has trouble reaching the brain through pills or injection. The military hopes a nasal spray will be a more effective delivery method. The Army counted 38 confirmed or suspected suicides in July alone, and at least 120 so far in 2012.

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