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Vision Loss Reported in Handful of Men on Viagra

Fri Mar 22, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Five men developed permanent vision loss while taking the impotence drug Viagra (sildenafil), researchers report.

Though the cases do not prove that Viagra caused the vision loss, people who experience problems with their sight while taking the drug should see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible, the study's lead author, Dr. Howard D. Pomeranz of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told Reuters Health.

Briton Wires Nervous System to a Computer

Fri Mar 22, 1:49 PM ET

By Jeremy Lovell

LONDON (Reuters) - A controversial British robotics scientist has had his nervous system wired up to a computer in an experiment he hopes will eventually give paralyzed people more control over their own bodies.

Kevin Warwick, professor of cybernetics at Reading University, southern England, has had minute sensors implanted into the main nerve in his left arm and hooked up to a radio transceiver that will send and receive messages from a computer.

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Paralyzed British Woman Wins Right to Die

Fri Mar 22, 2002

By Paul Majendie

LONDON (Reuters) - A British woman paralyzed from the neck down on Friday won the right to die "peacefully and with dignity" in a landmark case. The 43-year-old social worker, who can now effectively sign her own death sentence, was given the court decision by video link to her hospital bed.

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Loss Can Trigger Split-Second, Irrational Response

Thu Mar 21, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - They say it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, but don't tell that to your brain. New research suggests that in situations such as gambling, the brain views wins and losses in absolute terms and responds in the same way regardless of the size of the loss.

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Loss Can Trigger Split-Second, Irrational Response

Thu Mar 21, 2002

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - They say it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, but don't tell that to your brain. New research suggests that in situations such as gambling, the brain views wins and losses in absolute terms and responds in the same way regardless of the size of the loss.

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Knowing Personal Risk May Spur Lifestyle Changes

Thu Mar 21, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Old habits are hard to break, but it may be easier when people have the cold, hard facts about their personal risk of disease, research suggests.

Few studies have looked at whether knowing about "biomarkers" like high cholesterol readings spur the average person to make lifestyle changes, but what evidence there is suggests that more information is better, according to one researcher.

Movies May Sway Kids' Views on Smoking

Thu Mar 21, 2002

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Seeing their movie idols light up on-screen may help convince children and teens that smoking is just fine, a study of US middle-school students suggests.

Researchers found that students who had seen relatively more films featuring smoking also had more positive attitudes toward the habit. This, they say, suggests that on-screen tobacco use can help shape children's views on smoking.

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