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Vidyya Medical News Service For 02-March-2001:

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Methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant drug, whose abuse has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the United States, causes long-term changes in the human brain that are associated with impaired memory and motor coordination, according to a study published in the March 2001 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers found that these effects are seen even in methamphetamine addicts who have been off the drug for 10 months or more. A second study by the same research group reveals additional long-lasting brain changes caused by the drug, including an unexpected increase in cellular activity in certain areas of the brain.

For more information: Methamphetamine Abuse Leads To Long-Lasting Changes In The Human Brain

The abuse of methamphetamine - a potent psychostimulant - is an extremely serious and growing problem. Although the drug was first used primarily in selected urban areas in the Southwestern part of the United States, we now are seeing high levels of methamphetamine abuse in many areas of the Midwest, in both urban and rural settings, and by very diverse segments of the population.

For more information: Methamphetamine: Abuse And Addiction

Canada's number one killer, heart disease and stroke, was the leading cause of hospitalization in Canada in 1998/99. Heart disease and stroke accounted for 15% of all discharges and 19% of all patient days, according to new statistics released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

For more information: Heart Disease And Stroke Leading Cause Of Hospitalization

During June 23--July 5, 2000, an outbreak of respiratory illnesses occurred on the MS Rotterdam (Holland America Line & Windstar Cruises) during a 12-day Baltic cruise from the United Kingdom to Germany via Russia. The ship carried 1311 passengers, primarily from the United States, and 506 crew members from many countries. Although results of rapid viral testing for influenza A and B viruses were negative, immunofluorescence staining and viral culture results implicated influenza B virus infection as the cause of the outbreak. This report summarizes the findings of the outbreak investigation conducted by the ship's medical department and describes the measures taken to control the outbreak.

For more information: Influenza B Virus Outbreak On A Cruise Ship --- Northern Europe, 2000

The Uganda Ebola outbreak, which was first reported in October 2000, is officially over. The last person to be infected by the virus recovered 42 days ago, twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola to develop. The international response, in support of the Government of Uganda helped to break the cycle of transmission of the virus which killed 224 people in Uganda, including health workers and Dr. Matthew Lukwiya, who first identified the outbreak.

For more information: Uganda Ebola Outbreak Officially Over

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