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Nearly 25 percent of the US population takes acetaminophen to ease headaches, but a new discovery suggests it could have implications on society.

Researchers found that acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol and some 600 other medications, alters perception of risk by making certain activities seem less dangerous.

Participants of a new study ingested 1,000 mg of the drug or a placebo and were asked to rate certain activities based on risk.

Those under the influence of the acetaminophen rated activities like bungee jumping or starting a new career in your mid-30s as less risky than those who took the placebo.

Researchers involved in the experiment note that acetaminophen was pushed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a way to treat initial coronavirus symptoms and suggests those with a mild case may not have seen leaving their home as a risk – thus spreading the virus to others. 

Researchers found that acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol and some 600 other medications, alters perception of risk by making certain activities seem less dangerous. Participants of a new study ingested 1,000 mg of the drug or a placebo and were asked to rate certain activities based on risk

Researchers found that acetaminophen, the main ingredient in Tylenol and some 600 other medications, alters perception of risk by making certain activities seem less dangerous. Participants of a new study ingested 1,000 mg of the drug or a placebo and were asked to rate certain activities based on risk

The study, conducted by The Ohio State University, builds on a previous work that determined acetaminophen impacts the user's psychosis, as it was found to reduce positive and negative emotions, such as hurt feelings, concern of other's suffering and even their own joy.

Baldwin Way, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at The Ohio State University, said: 'Acetaminophen seems to make people feel less negative emotion when they consider risky activities -- they just don't feel as scared.'

'With nearly 25 percent of the population in the U.S. taking acetaminophen each week, reduced risk perceptions and increased risk-taking could have important effects on society.'

The study recruited 189 collect students who were given either 1,000 mg of the drug or a placebo that looked exactly the same – this group was told it was acetaminophen prior to ingesting it.

The study recruited 189 collect students who were given either 1,000 mg of the drug or a placebo that looked exactly the same ¿ this group was told it was acetaminophen prior to ingesting it. After the drug took effect, volunteers were asked to complete a survey that ranked certain activities based on risk

The study recruited 189 collect students who were given either 1,000 mg of the drug or a placebo that looked exactly the same – this group was told it was acetaminophen prior to ingesting it. After the drug took effect, volunteers were asked to complete a survey that ranked certain activities based on risk

Those under the influence of the acetaminophen rated activities like bungee jumping or starting a new career in your mid-30s as less risky than those who took the placebo.

Those under the influence of the acetaminophen rated activities like bungee jumping or starting a new career in your mid-30s as less risky than those who took the placebo.

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