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A substance called theobromine found in cocoa was tested for its ability to suppress coughing. It was found that theobromine was three times more effective than a placebo in preventing coughing and codeine was only slightly effective. The compound works by suppressing the vagus nerve activity and has no side effects unlike many cough medicines which cause drowsiness.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News From Russia
About: Tests of cocoa substance as a cough suppressant
Date: 23 November 2004
Source: News From Russia
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