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Army hopes nasal spray will help to prevent suicides

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Posted at 11:25 PM, Aug 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-20 23:25:01-04

The Army is hoping nasal spray can help to prevent soldiers from taking their own lives.

The Army just approved a grant for a professor at the Indiana University of Medicine to research whether a nasal spray could safely deliver a certain anti-depressive chemical to the brain, helping to curb suicidal thoughts.

The naturally occurring chemical, thyrotropin-releasing hormone has trouble reaching the brain through pills or injection.

The Military hopes a nasal spray will be a more effective delivery method.