Morphine found to help stave off PTSD in wounded troops

More than 200 years after it was isolated from poppies, morphine remains one of medicine’s best painkillers. But that isn’t its only use.
Physicians sometimes include the drug in a cocktail of medications given to people having heart attacks. It can relieve the breathlessness of pulmonary edema. It decreases diarrhea. A famous physician of the early 20th century, William Osler, once called morphine “God’s own medicine.”
Research published this week suggests that the compound might have at least one more use.

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