World’s most common painkiller could increases risk-taking behavior

PRACTICAL WORLD TRUE NEWS MAGAZINE by PRATICA RADIO

Researchers at Ohio State University have found that the most commonly taken painkiller worldwide, Acetaminophen, aka Tylenol and Panadol, increases risk-taking in users, which may have drastic public health consequences.




The researchers now believe that the drug’s effects extend beyond physiological pain relief and may in fact influence psychological processes. 

Building on their existing research which indicated Acetaminophen can lower sensitivity to hurt feelings, reduce distress over another’s suffering, and blunt normal cognitive function to varying degrees. 

“Acetaminophen seems to make people feel less negative emotion when they consider risky activities – they just don’t feel as scared,” says neuroscientist Baldwin Way from the Ohio State University.

Ohio State University

The latest research suggests that the drug might alter human perception and evaluation of risk. In a series of experiments involving over 500 university students, Way and his team tested how the maximum daily adult dosage of 1,000 mg affected participants’ risk-taking behavior with placebos given to a control group

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