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#1 Hum

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 16:49

A study conducted by researchers in Taiwan found that methamphetamine may possess flu-fighting properties, Medical Daily reported.

The study, published Tuesday in PLoS One, exposed human lung cells to varying quantities meth, then infected them with Influenza A (H1N1) viruses, a common subtype of human influenza.

After only 24 hours after infection, the control group of cells, which had not been treated with meth, contained the same concentrations of the virus as did the meth-treated cells.

However, 30 hours after infection, the meth-treated cells possessed significantly lower concentrations of the virus than the control group did. After 48 hours, the difference was even more pronounced.

Researchers also determined that meth's apparent anti-viral effect most likely occurs during the viral replication that takes place after infection, according to the study.

Don't go becoming a real-life Walter White just yet, however. Meth's negative effects -- including brain damage, psychosis, heart disease and severe weight loss - far outweigh whatever anti-flu properties it may have.

However, scientists hope to now search for safer, structurally similar compounds that could be used to fight the flu.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 16:54

Bit of a trade-off I guess between it destroying your teeth and gums and whatever else it does VS fighting off flu and apparently helping with dementia...
Good news for potential future medical research though.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 02:41

At least that gives scientists a place to start their research.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 21:47

Bit of a trade-off I guess between it destroying your teeth and gums and whatever else it does VS fighting off flu and apparently helping with dementia...
Good news for potential future medical research though.


depends how its taken ? :p small amounts of meth wont do anything to harsh to your system only real fear is addiction

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 00:13

small amounts of meth wont do anything to harsh to your system only real fear is addiction

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-20151244
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OK so that's very rare but everyone's different :p