• Some Researchers Thought This Drug Could Treat the Polio-Like Illness Sickening Children. A New Study Says It Probably Doesn't

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    Health officials are scrambling for answers - and cures - as a rare, polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis spreads across the country .
    Some researchers thought the antidepressant fluoxetine, which is often sold under the brand name Prozac and has some antiviral properties, could work against AFM, a mysterious illness that strikes some children and can cause muscle weakness, breathing issues, paralysis and even death. A new study published Friday in Neurology , however, provides disappointing results: In a small, non-randomized retrospective study, fluoxetine did not seem to...
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