Argentinian reseachers have rather unaccountably discovered that Viagra helps ameliorate the effects of "jet lag" in hamsters, and might do the same for humans. According to New Scientist, hamsters who were favoured with small doses of sildenafil, punted as Viagra, coped better with a simulated six-hour time-zone shift than …
Wrong way around
Surely an east-west traveller would be going to New York from Paris?
And does this mean that I can go to my doc now, and ask for some (very small) blue pills 'cause I'm going to Bangkok? For the jet-lag, of course...
Apposite choice of journal
I was amused to learn that the results of the hamster+Viagra experiments were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
This august journal is known to science librarians by its initials, PNAS. Spoken aloud, it rhymes with Venus.
Why don't we just always travel West? past the international date line, then back home .... makes so much sense to me... /<fan flames>
David harper, Don't be silly.
Spoken aloud by librarians?! Oxymoron!
Have you seen the size of hamster packages? I bet they'd be up and running on the wheel sooner than 8 days if the Viagra didn't cause manoeuvrability issues.
Arggh, my eyes!
I now have visions of Viagra enhanced hammies spinning helplessly around in circles due to the fact that they got their furry bits stuck between the spokes....
Helps you to stay up all night
Sorry, had to make the obvious joke..
Viagra reduces jet lag...
but occupies toilets!
Thanks. Great news. How often do Hamsters fly anyway.
"[In humans] each hour in time difference between the origin and destination of a flight causes an extra day of jet lag"
Really? 'cause I've traveled over 5 time zones several times and been fine the next day every time. Is that equation based on actual science, one person's individual experience, or just a wild guess on some hack's part?