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Health: Conditions and Diseases: Neurological Disorders: Alzheimer's
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Health: Pharmacy: Drugs and Medications: N: Nicotine
Cognitive Effects of Nicotine
- Report on studies of nicotine and other nicotinic agonists on improving performance on attention and memory tasks, as well as on treating Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Smoking Causes Mental Decline
- Recent research finds cigarettes cause faster mental decline as smokers get older.
Smoking Does Not Protect Against Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease
- Contrary to suggestions from previous research, this study of over 34,000 subjects found no effect of smoking on senility or Alzheimer's. The previous suggestions that it did came from flawed studies, say the authors.
Smoking Increase Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
- Recent research finds that tobacco products increase Alzheimer's disease on some populations, but have no effect on other populations.
Nicotine Studied as Treatment for Brain Disorders
- News article in Boston Globe about research indicating that nicotine seems to diminish mental impairment stemming from stress or an underactive thyroid, and may help people with brain disorders ranging from Alzheimer's disease to schizophrenia. (November 12, 2003)
Nicotine Metabolite Shows Promise for Improving Memory, Protecting Brain Cells
- Report that a nicotine metabolite may improve memory and protect brain cells from diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. The researcher is Dr. Jerry J. Buccafusco, director of the Alzheimer's Research Center at the Medical College of Georgia. (November 11, 2003)
Will Nicotine Help Slow Memory Loss?
- A study led by Paul Newhouse, M.D., at the University of Vermont will examine nicotine's effect on mild cognitive impairment. (October 23, 2003)
Smoking Significantly Increases Risk of Alzheimer's Disease Among Those Who Have No Genetic Predisposition
- Report presented at the 8th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, based on research conducted by Sara Debanne, PhD, at Case Western Reserve University. (July 25, 2002)
BBC News: Nicotine Help for Tourette's
- Nicotine patches may help patients with Tourette's syndrome control involuntary movements. (September 17, 2001)
Nicotine-Like Drugs Can Enhance Learning and Memory
- Report by Duke University behavioral pharmacologist Edward Levin that nicotine-like compounds help restore the ability to learn and remember in rats that have brain lesions similar to those found in Alzheimer's disease patients. Reported in Science Daily News. (November 10, 1998)
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