Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 330 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Nov-2003
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Ecstasy can trigger heart attacks in users
The illegal drug MDMA (Methylene 3, 4 dioxy-methamphetamine) more commonly known as "Ecstasy" or "XTC," can trigger heart attacks, according to a case report in the December issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine. The case report describes a 27-year-old male who sought treatment at an emergency department after experiencing symptoms of chest tightness and discomfort for three hours.  more

Scientists explore why most breastfed infants of HIV-positive mothers resist infection
Although prolonged breastfeeding is well known to be a major route of transmission of HIV infection to infants and is estimated to cause one-third to one-half of new infant HIV-1 infections worldwide, the majority of breastfed infants with HIV-positive mothers remain uninfected, even after months of exposure.  more


U.S. syphilis rates climbs for second consecutive year
The syphilis rate in the United States rose in 2002 for the second consecutive year, following a decade-long decline that led to an all-time low in 2000, according to new data released 20 November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  more

Public health and aging: Health-related quality of life among low-income persons aged 45--64 Years --- United States, 1995--2001
Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) data are used to track population trends, identify health disparities, and monitor progress in achieving U.S. national health objectives for 2010. Low-income (i.e., annual household income of less than $15,000) adults aged greater than 55 years have substantially more unhealthy days than low-income adults aged greater than 65 years and adults aged 55--64 years with higher incomes. To verify this finding and determine whether it extends to low-income adults at younger ages, CDC analyzed HRQOL and related factors among a subset of respondents to the 1995--2001 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which found that low-income adults aged 45--64 years have worse HRQOL than all other adults.  more

Investigation of a ricin-containing envelope at a postal facility --- South Carolina, 2003
On October 15, 2003, an envelope with a threatening note and a sealed container was processed at a mail processing and distribution facility in Greenville, South Carolina. The note threatened to poison water supplies if demands were not met. The envelope was isolated from workers and other mail and removed from the facility, and an investigation was begun. On October 21, laboratory testing at CDC confirmed that ricin was present in the container. more

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