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Vanderbilt scientists develop new anti-anxiety treatment

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Some exciting research at Vanderbilt University could lead to new treatment for people with anxiety problems.

Researchers have found a compound derived from anti-inflammatory drugs, like Aspirin and Ibuprofen, that activates natural endo-canbinoids in the body.

If that term sounds relatively familiar, it's the same part of the body stimulated by the active ingredient in marijuana.

Researchers are excited that this could do more than relieve anxiety.

"In addition to anti-anxiety medications, it looks like there's potential here even for the treatment of cancer. This is a basic mechanism that we think will have a lot of therapeutic implications," said Larry Marnett, Ph.D. at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

This line of treatment is based on existing drugs, and researchers say that could speed up their trials.

For now, they are looking for a pharmaceutical partner.

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