Laughing gas could treat depression

December 10, 2014 2:17 AM

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Laughing gas could treat depression

Most people who have suffered from clinical depression will say they wish there were an instant cure. The creation of a pill like that is probably years away at best, but now a team of scientists think they've found a promising alternative: laughing gas.

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis say they've discovered that nitrous oxide -- a somewhat mild general anesthetic often used as a sedative in dental surgery -- may be an effective, rapid treatment for severe depression when a patient isn't helped by standard therapies such as antidep...

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