Study Shows That Viagra May Aid Jet-Lag

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He's going to be a handful when we get to Paris, great.

From Reuters
By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The male impotence drug Viagra may be useful for treating jet lag as well, according to Argentine researchers who gave it to hamsters made to feel like rodent globe-trotters.

The researchers manipulated the schedule of turning lights on and off to induce jet lag in the laboratory animals, they reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Adult male hamsters given Viagra, also called sildenafil, recovered from jet lag up to 50 percent faster than hamsters that were not given it, the researchers said.

The scientists stopped giving the hamsters the highest dose they had been using in the experiment due to a certain side effect.

Tango’s Take
Great. Now we have some quack scientists spending hard-earned money flying hamsters around in corporate jets and throwing them hamster sex parties. Have you no shame, sir? But the results of the study are interesting. At low doses the drug blocks enzymes that regulate circadian rhythms and thus allows people to adjust easier to switching time zones. Viagra was able to help the rodents recover from conditions simulating eastward travel. If this becomes a recommended use of the ED medication it does not bode well for the flight attendants on Singapore Airlines. As previous beauty contest winners they may find themselves fighting off the advances of surprisingly (ahem) alert passengers traveling from the west.

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