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Nicotine May Help Treat Brain Diseases

February 22, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

New research suggests that nicotine may be useful in treating diseases that afflict the brain, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Tourette's syndrome. Scientists experimenting with nicotine patches and synthetic nicotine described their studies at a Washington conference sponsored by the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science. They cautioned that smoking would not confer any benefit.

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