19 Aug '11, 7am

Ecstasy could treat blood cancer: researchers

Ecstasy could treat blood cancer: researchers

Scientists at the University of Birmingham in central England said modified forms of the drug boosted its ability to destroy cancerous cells by 100 times. -- PHOTO: CENTRAL NARCOTICS BUREAU LONDON (AFP) - Researchers in Britain revealed on Friday they are exploring whether the drug ecstasy could be effective in treating blood cancers. Scientists at the University of Birmingham in central England said modified forms of the drug boosted its ability to destroy cancerous cells by 100 times. Six years ago, researchers found that cancers affecting white blood cells appeared to respond to certain 'psychotropic' drugs. These included weight loss pills, Prozac-type antidepressants, and amphetamine derivatives such as MDMA - commonly known as ecstasy.

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