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CX717, We Think We Love You

Wide Awake

Cortex Pharmaceuticals is giving us another weapon in the war against sleep:

…they taught monkeys to perform a “delayed-match-to-sample task,” in which they were presented with a single image on a computer screen, then would use a cursor to identify that image in a group of several different images.

During normal alert conditions, performance accuracy of the animals was improved from an average of 75 percent to 90 percent after an injection of CX717. The drug also shortened response times, suggesting that “CX717 also facilitated attentional processes related to speed of responding on successful trials.”

When the monkeys were subjected 30-36 hours of sleep deprivation, average performance accuracy dropped to 63 percent, which was restored to 84 percent after CX717 treatment.

Cortex, please contact me for where to send review samples. Thanks.

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  • If CX717 really works as indicated the Feds will see that it never reachs the consumer market!

  • I’m ADHD and a little bit dyslexic. I’m also a sleep-deprived federal attorney who is the primary care-giver to two children with special needs. How do I get my hands on some CX-717? Sounds like just what I need.

  • CurleySue: God, I hope you’re wrong. Because I need it. And so does John Hutto down below you! Bring that noise!