Your Health: Dec. 25, 2000

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AN ANTI-SHOPPING PILL Drug companies are always alert for new and profitable uses for their products, and now Forest Laboratories reports--just in time for the holidays--that its antidepressant Celexa is effective against compulsive-shopping disorders. Shop-till-you-drop seems to be a real syndrome; sufferers consumed by the need to buy are often plunged into debt as a result. Now research financed by Forest shows that within three months of taking Celexa, nearly 80% of the 21 patients studied experienced improved symptoms.

CHOPSTICKS, PLEASE It may make your eyes tear, but wasabi, that fiery green stuff served with sushi, could be good...

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