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Nicotine And Memory Loss-testing nicotine patch-may help those suffering Mild Cognitive Impairment
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Posted on 10/21/2003 2:17:15 PM PDT by chance33_98

Nicotine And Memory Loss

Burlington, Vermont - October 20, 2003

Doctors at the University of Vermont are trying to solve the mystery behind Mild Cognitive Impairment. It's a condition characterized by forgetfulness and if left untreated could be a precursor to Alzheimers Disease.

"Just like heart disease doesn't start with a heart attack, it starts with years of cholesterol buildup. Mild Cognitive Impairment may represent the early stages of memory loss prior to the diagnosis of Alzheimers disease," says Dr. Paul Newhouse.

Newhouse is targeting Mild Cognitive Impairment because about 12 percent of MCI patients will develop Alzheimers. And he is using an unlikely weapon ... nicotine patches originally designed to deliver nicotine to smokers trying to quit. But studies have shown nicotine can improve memory, though doctors do not recommend smoking or using the patch without speaking to a doctor.

Dr. Newhouse is leading a nationwide study to prove that the patches are the right prescription for those suffering mild memory loss and possibly halt the onset of Alzheimers.

"And what we hope to do with nicotine is to see if it can actually prevent or slow the development of Alzheimers disease and relieve some of the symptoms."

UVM is looking for study participants who may qualify. You can call 802-847-9488 to find out more.

As the name suggests Mild Cognitive Impairment is milk memory loss, but it's not simply forgetting where you put your keys. MCI is characterized by forgetting episodes or events, like forgetting if you had lunch with a friend.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; memory; nicotine; pufflist

1 posted on 10/21/2003 2:17:15 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
So smoking a cigarette before a test might help you get a higher score?
2 posted on 10/21/2003 2:19:49 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Works for me.
3 posted on 10/21/2003 2:20:15 PM PDT by chance33_98 (This message will self destruct in 5 seconds)
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To: chance33_98
Have you noticed how former smokers seem to gain weight and become less interesting conversationalists and seem to experience more vague chronic pain?
4 posted on 10/21/2003 2:20:19 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: chance33_98
But studies have shown nicotine can improve memory

Smokers ARE smarter than non-smokers! They understand freedom and Citizens rights better too!
5 posted on 10/21/2003 2:23:14 PM PDT by Roughneck (9 out of 10 Terrorists prefer Democrats, the rest prefer Saddam Hussein)
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To: RightWhale
So...you're a former smoker eh :)
6 posted on 10/21/2003 2:23:51 PM PDT by chance33_98 (This message will self destruct in 5 seconds)
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To: chance33_98
So a more radical headline would be "Cigarettes May Help Those Suffering Mild Cognitive Impairment". What will the liberals do if there is actually a benefit from cigarette smoking?
7 posted on 10/21/2003 2:24:12 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: chance33_98
I understand smokers have about half the incidence of Alzheimers compared to nonsmokers.
8 posted on 10/21/2003 2:24:39 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: chance33_98
Thanks for noticing :)
9 posted on 10/21/2003 2:24:42 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: CSM; Gabz; SheLion; Madame Dufarge
Ping
10 posted on 10/21/2003 2:24:45 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Taglines are for the curious to read and the talented to write. Would someone write me one?)
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To: Just another Joe
Ping
11 posted on 10/21/2003 2:25:05 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Taglines are for the curious to read and the talented to write. Would someone write me one?)
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To: RightWhale; Gabz; CSM; SheLion; Just another Joe
Smoking keeps my memory very detailed and acute. Just the other day I was saying.... uh...... well. If you had been there you'd have thought it was a hoot. What were we talking about.
12 posted on 10/21/2003 2:28:10 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Taglines are for the curious to read and the talented to write. Would someone write me one?)
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To: chance33_98
There's an article in the new Oct. 27 Fortune magazine about how anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and the statin variety of anti-cholesterol drugs may prevent Alzheimer's and other serious diseases like cancer and heart disease.
13 posted on 10/21/2003 2:30:45 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: aristeides
Please provide a source for this. I am aware of nicotine improving memory but I have never seen any evidence for prevention of senility.

Ibuprofen on the other hand...
14 posted on 10/21/2003 2:33:57 PM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: chance33_98
There is a reason liberals hate smoking - this is been added to my list.
15 posted on 10/21/2003 2:34:45 PM PDT by Free_at_last_-2001 (is clinton in jail yet?)
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To: Free_at_last_-2001
There is a reason liberals hate smoking - this is been added to my list.

Sure. They want you to forget how much they taxed you.

16 posted on 10/21/2003 2:37:42 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: dangerdoc
Nicotine Benefits:

In an article in The Times of London (9/7/93), Dr. James Le Fanu provided an examination of the research on smoking and its apparent protective effect for certain diseases. Dr. Le Fanu stated unequivocally: "Smokers have a 50 per cent reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's--and the more smoked the greater the protection." He also noted that emerging research points to a similar effect of smoking on Parkinson's disease.

17 posted on 10/21/2003 2:48:51 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: aristeides

Is that because smokers die of cancer before they get/or show signs of Alzheimers?
18 posted on 10/21/2003 2:52:12 PM PDT by CHATTAB
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To: CHATTAB
Scientific American: Nicotine By-product Reduces Alzheimer's Telltale Plaques. This article describes what may be the mechanism.
19 posted on 10/21/2003 2:53:52 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: aristeides
OK, thanks for the link!
20 posted on 10/21/2003 2:54:55 PM PDT by CHATTAB
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To: RightWhale
Have you noticed how former non smokers become less interesting conversationalists

Yes. :)

21 posted on 10/21/2003 3:03:10 PM PDT by Grit (Tolerance for all but the intolerant...and those who tolerate intolerance etc etc)
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To: chance33_98
But studies have shown nicotine can improve memory,

Cool.

Now where did I put my smokes again?

22 posted on 10/21/2003 3:05:36 PM PDT by brewcrew
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To: brewcrew
where did I put my smokes again?

Rolled up in shirtsleeve? Behind ear? Hanging unlit from mouth? Got a light?

23 posted on 10/21/2003 3:07:46 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: RightWhale
Rolled up in shirtsleeve? Behind ear? Hanging unlit from mouth? Got a light?

Nope, checked all those places. Gol dangit, anyhow.

What were we talking about?

24 posted on 10/21/2003 3:11:06 PM PDT by brewcrew
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To: chance33_98; *puff_list; Just another Joe; Great Dane; Max McGarrity; Tumbleweed_Connection; ...
Puff and Ping and Bump!
25 posted on 10/21/2003 3:18:57 PM PDT by SheLion (Curiosity killed the cat BUT satisfaction brought her back!!!)
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To: chance33_98
may help those suffering Mild Cognitive Impairment

So, should this be prescribed for liberals?
We could tell them its a birth control patch ;-)
26 posted on 10/21/2003 3:23:15 PM PDT by polemikos (Ecce Agnus Dei)
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To: brewcrew
Now where did I put my smokes again?

#@%##$!! Where's my #%@@$@$!% lighter?

27 posted on 10/21/2003 4:22:14 PM PDT by 3catsanadog (When anything goes, everything does.)
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To: chance33_98
As the name suggests Mild Cognitive Impairment is milk memory loss, but it's not simply forgetting where you put your keys. MCI is characterized by forgetting episodes or events, like forgetting if you had lunch with a friend.


I remember having lunch with a friend, but could not tell you when it happened. But I have been like this all my life.
28 posted on 10/21/2003 6:29:51 PM PDT by mlmr (The Naked and the Fred)
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To: chance33_98
"And he is using an unlikely weapon ... nicotine patches originally designed to deliver nicotine to smokers trying to quit."

I thought the quit smoking market was an afterthought to just this type of development and application.
29 posted on 10/22/2003 5:39:54 AM PDT by CSM (Congrats to Flurry and LE!)
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To: CSM
I had a thought last night.
Why is it that when nicotine is delivered via a patch it's 'medicine' but when delivered by a cigarette it's 'drugs'?
30 posted on 10/22/2003 6:40:47 AM PDT by Just another Joe (FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Just another Joe
Those patches are more expensive than even a pack of cigarettes. That's why they're called drugs. ;-D
31 posted on 10/22/2003 6:44:44 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Cyanide, mercury, and botulinum toxin are medically and industrially useful friends to mankind.)
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To: Just another Joe
Because the money goes to a drug company instead of a tobacco (drug dealing) company! There, did that clear that up? ;-)
32 posted on 10/22/2003 6:48:58 AM PDT by CSM (Congrats to Flurry and LE!)
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