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2005-07-06 13:09:53

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A calcium channel blocker, isradipine, reduces the dangerous rise in blood pressure (BP) caused by taking cocaine or methamphetamine, according to researchers. "Both cocaine and methamphetamine have powerful effects on blood pressure that are associated with strokes and heart failure," Dr. Bankole A. Johnson, of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, told Reuters Health. "Importantly," he added, isradipine reduces these effects, "thereby...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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