Commentary Supports Brain Stimulant Pills

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In a controversial commentary article, a group of experts argues that healthy people should be able to use stimulants to give their brains a boost. They said using pills to increase brain function is no more morally objectionable than eating right or getting a good night's sleep.

The commentary in the journal Nature calls for more research into this area and steps to manage any risks, the Associated Press reported.


"I would be the first in line if safe and effective drugs were developed that trumped caffeine," article co-author Michael Gazzaniga, of the University of California, Santa Barbara, said in a an e-mail.

While some health experts agreed this is an area that deserves attention, Leigh Turner of the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics disagreed.

"It's a nice puff piece for selling medications for people who don't have an illness of any kind," Turner told the AP.