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Meth might be effective against combating Flu

Methamphetamine is addictive, harmful, and lowers your immune response… but it might just be effective against fighting the flu, according to a new experiment conducted in a lab

Researchers, from the National Health Research Institutes in Taiwan and the University of Regensburg in Germany have been doing research in to the effects Methamphetamine has on different viral infections. There's a lot of research indicating that, continued use of meth makes you more susceptible to infections as it lowers your immune response. However, the same does not seem to be the case with the flu.

The research team used a small sample of human lung tissue, which was kept alive in a lab, and administered meth to it before exposing it to the H1N1 influenza virus. This is the same subtype of influenza which the media calls swine flu, and is closely related to the influenza variation which occurs in pigs. Astonishingly, the lung cells demonstrated an increased ability to combat the infection.


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This research however, is far from conclusive: The experiment was done with only one type of cell, which was exposed to only one type of flu. Further more,. the entire experiment was performed in a laboratory environment, so it is entirely unknown how the treatment would affect living humans or animals. Even if it was a conclusive finding though, the question arises as to how smart it would be to invest in meth as a flu treatment…


The Wikipedia page for Methamphetamine lists the physical, psychological and long term effects of meth abuse. The list is a mile long and includes symptoms such as heart attack, paranoia, psychosis, memory loss.. and of course death. And if that's not enough to convince you, go watch Breaking Bad. Actually, go ahead and watch that anyway.

David F.
A grad student in experimental physics, David is fascinated by science, space and technology. When not buried in lecture books, he enjoys movies, gaming and mountainbiking

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