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Flashing lights from television screens are the likely cause of convulsions and other ailments that hit viewers of a popular cartoon program Tuesday evening, according to experts who gathered in Tokyo to discuss the incident.

After examining a tape of the “Pocket Monsters” episode, pediatricians and psychiatrists said the show repeatedly emitted light stimulation that could cause convulsions. It is known among experts that flashing lights can sometimes lead to convulsions, regardless of program content.

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