Nicotine may slow cognitive decline

Could nicotine possibly be good for you?

Short answer: Yes… sort of, and a new study shows again how the most addictive ingredient in cigarettes could help boost the brain.

But don’t start smoking — because trust me, any “benefits” of nicotine are far outweighed by the risks.

In the new study, researchers didn’t even look at smokers. They recruited 67 non-smokers with mild cognitive impairment, one of the earliest warning signs of dementia, and assigned them to wear either a nicotine patch or a placebo patch. (more…)

New study: nicotine dramatically improves and normalizes failing memory in elders

Tobacco is some kind of “devil weed,” only good for making chemical-laden products like cigarettes, known to promote cancer. At least, that’s the current take on this plant. But that’s certainly not the whole truth about tobacco, which has been used historically by many cultures both in religious rituals and also as a natural therapy for various ailments from colds to tuberculosis. (more…)

Nicotine Could Play Role in Alzheimer’s Disease Therapy, Neuroscientists Discover

ScienceDaily (Oct. 13, 2010) — A team of neuroscientists has discovered important new information in the search for an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, the debilitating neurological disorder that afflicts more than 5.3 million Americans and is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Hey-Kyoung Lee, associate professor in the University of Maryland Department of Biology, and her research team have shown that they may be able to eliminate debilitating side effects caused by a promising Alzheimer’s drug by stimulating the brain’s nicotine receptors. (more…)