Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 240 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Aug-2003
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Useful written prescription drug information for consumers is hard to find
Twenty-two years ago, in 1981, the carefully researched regulation requiring FDA-approved patient information leaflets to be dispensed with prescriptions was cancelled by the Reagan administration just before it was to have gone into effect.  more

Reducing the risk of West Nile virus
Most people who become infected with WNV have no symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  more


Amphetamine or cocaine exposure may limit brain cell changes that normally occur with life experiences
Researchers know that certain kinds of experiences, such as those involved in learning, can physically change brain structure and affect behavior. Now, new research in rats shows that exposure to stimulant drugs such as amphetamine or cocaine can impair the ability of specific brain cells to change as a consequence of experience.  more

Revised recommendations for the assessment of donor suitability and blood and blood product safety in cases of known or suspected West Nile virus infection
This guidance document provides revisions to previously published recommendations for assessing donor suitability and product safety for donors with proven West Nile Virus (WNV) infections or with illnesses potentially due to WNV (October 2002). To better identify donors potentially at risk for WNV, this revised guidance adds a new recommendation to ask donors a specific question about history of fever with headache within the week prior to donation. This guidance applies to Whole Blood and blood components intended for transfusion and blood components intended for use in further manufacturing into injectable products or non-injectable products, including recovered plasma, Source Leukocytes and Source Plasma.  more

Microscopic procedures for diagnosing malaria
The diagnosis of seven locally-acquired cases of malaria in Florida has sparked an increased interest in the disease. This report discusses what the necessary techniques for making the laboratory diagnosis of malaria.  more

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