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Monday, June 7, 1999 Published at 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK

Drug prevents premature ejaculation

Following on the success of Viagra for impotence, researchers have been testing the effectiveness of new treatments to combat premature ejaculation (PE).

Drugs known as psychotropics are increasingly used in the treatment of PE.

Scientists from Sydney, Australia, found that one such drug could prevent ejaculation for up to five minutes compared to dummy pills.

They also found the drug was more successful when men took it daily for four weeks and then when they wanted to have sex.

The researchers presented their findings at the 94th American Urological Association Meeting.

Doctor jailed for diagnosis failure

A doctor in Barcelona has been jailed for two years for failing to diagnose breast cancer in a 31-year-old patient.

The woman, who was not named, visited the doctor in 1996 concerned about a lump on her breast. The doctor said it was caused by menstrual problems.

But a year later, in May 1996, she had a mastectomy. The surgery has limited her ability to move her arms.

The court also banned the doctor from practising medicine and ordered him to pay 50 million pesetas to the woman.

Campaigners attack 'cancer cluster'

Four former steelworkers in Consett, Durham, are reported to have been diagnosed with cancer.

If confirmed, it would mean that more than 70 former workers from the British Steel plant in the town have developed the disease.

Campaigners say there is a cancer cluster based on the Consett steelworks.

The claim is being investigated by the County Durham Health Authority.

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