Military Suicides: Army hoping nasal spray can curb suicidal thoughts

August 21, 2012 2:25:16 PM PDT
With suicide rates among current and former soldiers spiking, the Army is hoping a nasal spray can help.

A professor at the Indiana University of Medicine has been given a grant to research whether a nasal spray could safely deliver an anti-depressive chemical to the brain, helping curb suicidal thoughts.

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

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

The Army counted 38 confirmed or suspected suicides in July alone and at least 120 so far in 2012.