Thursday, August 10, 2006

Finally! Good News for Smokers

Researchers at the Parkinson's Institute have found that nicotine may protect against Parkinson's disease, according to a press release at EurekAlert.

What's Parkinson's again?
Parkinson's disease is "a progressive, neurodegenerative disease caused by the death of small clusters of cells in the midbrain," read the Parkinson's Institute release.
According to Wikipedia, "[Parkinson's] is often characterized by muscle rigidity, tremor, [and] a slowing of physical movement… the primary symptoms are due to excessive muscle contraction, normally caused by the insufficient formation and action of dopamine."

Lucky for smokers, results of the Parkinson's Institute study suggests that nicotine reduces the loss of dopamine-containing brain cells by up to 50 percent.

And now the bad news.
According to the CDC, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in this country, and it kills about 440,000 people annually.

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