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An anesthetic can significantly reduce premature ejaculation. In a small study, the medicine, EMLA, outperformed the active ingredient in Viagra. Furthermore, Viagra caused headaches in some men, but EMLA didn't. EMLA is administered as a topical cream. Authors' take: This delivery system makes EMLA "easily applicable." Human Nature's take: You have a premature-ejaculation problem, and they tell you to spread cream on yourself? What kind of Einstein thought this up? (For Human Nature's previous updates on erectile dysfunction and penis enlargement, click here and here.)
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Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.