Cancer drug hints at treatment for bipolar disorder

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Cancer drug hints at treatment for bipolar disorder

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Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:02 am

Cancer drug hints at treatment for bipolar disorder

The breast cancer drug tamoxifen has shown surprising success in treating the manic episodes that patients with bipolar disorder suffer. Researchers say that the results from their pilot study offer hope that they will be able to design a new class of drugs to treat this mental illness, though doing so will take time.

"This is definitely something to get excited about in the sense that it's a novel approach," comments Rif El-Mallakh, a mood disorder researcher at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, US who was not involved with the new study.

Some experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans suffer from some form of bipolar disorder, a condition marked by alternating periods of severe depression and mania. And a recent report found a 40-fold increase in this mental illness from 1994 to 2003 – though many people suspect this might be a result of overdiagnosis.

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Cancer drug hints at treatment for bipolar disorder - health - 12 September 2007 - New Scientist



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Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:09 am

I read about that one too............ strange the places these sorts of medications come from... so much cross pollination. It's like some cancer patient had bipolar and when they started on the treatment they noticed their mania come under control! Accidental discovery.

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Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:38 am

Viagra was discovered as it was being tested as an angina treatment.

Thalidomide has some prospects as an anti cancer drug too. Despite it's reputation it's a very safe drug.

It's quite common to discover these positive side effects which are often better than the intended function of the drug.
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Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:46 am

Aspman, I'm glad its common thing! :)

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