Researchers trying to develop pill for loneliness

Nobody likes feeling lonely, and now science may be doing something about it. Stephanie Cacioppo, director of the Brain Dynamics Lab at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, is researching the possibility of pill to help those who experience chronic loneliness. Her idea is to attempt to normalize levels of allopregnanolone, which is a naturally produced neurosteroid in the body, which could affect loneliness-related biological changes in the brain. But not everyone is sold on this idea of a pill to cure loneliness, with critics concerned about America’s growing dependency on drugs. But Cacioppo suggests the pill would be a “quick fix,” not something someone would be on for a long time. Source: New York Post

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