Causes of Meth Brain Damage Explored

Research Summary
Animal studies show that amphetamines are converted into free radicals in the brain, which in turn can cause brain damage, HealthDay News reported April 13.
University of Toronto researchers said the mouse studies could explain how methamphetamine causes brain damage, even after the drug has been metabolized out of the body. The study authors said the enzyme prostaglandin H synthase (PHS) appears to play a role in converting amphetamines into free radicals, which can cause neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Source: April 2006 issue of the FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Journal.

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