1. Party 'Popper' Drugs Damage Eyes

    Party 'Popper' Drugs Damage Eyes
    Experimenting with "poppers" -- inhaled alkyl nitrates used as recreational drugs -- can cause lasting retinal damage, ophthalmologists warned. Four cases over a three-month period in France were reported in a letter to the editors appearing in the Oct. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The prolonged visual loss likely resulted from damage to foveal photoreceptors by the acute, massive release of nitric oxide from the drugs, Michel Paques, MD, PhD, of the Quinze-Vingts Hospital in Paris, and colleagues wrote. Poppers' popularity at parties and clubs for the intoxication and enhancement of sexual pleasure they produce has gone unopposed ...
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