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Taronga Zoo’s arachno­pho­bia treat­ment course claims a 100 per cent suc­cess rate for those at­tend­ing the 10 most re­cent cour­ses.

The pro­gram claims a 98 per cent suc­cess rate since it be­gan just over two years ago.

It is based on Lon­don Zoo’s Friendly Spi­der Pro­gram.

The youngest per­son to at­tend the Fear­less at Taronga course was an eightyear-old girl.

Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Zurich found that treat­ing arachno­phobes with the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol re­duced their pho­bia by half within two weeks. Cor­ti­sol also sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced so­cial pho­bia. This could lead to a pill for the treat­ment of pho­bias.

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