Saturday, September 07, 2002

Lycos health---with webmed

Feb. 21, 2000 (Washington) -- It's the drug that hooks cigarette smokers,
sending many of them to an early grave. But it may actually help patients
with Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, Tourette's syndrome, and several
other neurological disorders. The drug is nicotine, and it and other related
compounds have shown promise in several recent clinical trials, according
to results presented here Monday at the annual meeting of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science.

The use of nicotine as a drug is nothing new, says Paul Sanberg, PhD,
DSc, a professor of neuroscience at the University of South Florida. People
in South America were using tobacco in the time of Columbus, and early
explorers imported the plant to Europe. "I doubt there is a much older drug,"
says Sanberg, who is also chief scientific officer at Layton BioScience Inc.

Over the years, there have been hints of possible beneficial effects of
nicotine, says another researcher, Paul Newhouse, a professor of
psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

As early as the 1920s, researchers were testing it to treat Parkinson's
disease, a debilitating neurological disorder that affects about 1% of the
population, causing rigidity, slow movement, tremors, and in many cases,
dementia. And over the years, 34 studies of large populations have found
that smokers are less likely than nonsmokers to contract Parkinson's
disease, Newhouse tells WebMD.

maybe Woody Allen, the SLEEPER, is about to wake up!! when he did, they told him that cigarretes were life-supporting!
---I even read, months ago, about this Finding....there was an insinuation that any young person, who was in a family where there was a strong genetic tendency for parkinsons...that they be sure to take up smoking!! researchers noted that there are very very few cig smokers who develop parkinsons, even in families that have this in their histoy!!
puff away!!