Category Archives: Science and Technology

Pregnancy smoking hurts reading ability

November 27, 2012 / Yale Daily News / — New research out of the Yale School of Medicine is the first to link prenatal nicotine exposure with impaired reading skills, the most recent finding in a large body of literature urging mothers not to smoke while pregnant. Study authors analyzed more than 5,000 young children […]

A nation clinging to nicotine

November 12, 2012 / Herald Tribune / by Jane Brody — Few smokers would claim that it’s easy to quit. The addiction to nicotine is strong and repeatedly reinforced by circumstances that prompt smokers to light up. Yet the millions who have successfully quit are proof that a smoke-free life is achievable, even by those […]

Medication, support can help kick smoking

November 4, 2012 / TheSpectrum.com / — Most smokers realize that tobacco is harmful and nearly 35 million smokers want to quit each year. Unfortunately, more than 85 percent of those who try to quit on their own relapse, most within a week, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (www.drugabuse.gov). Why is kicking […]

Nicotine triggers chemicals that make you anxious: Study

November 9, 2012 / Firstpost.com / —  Inactivation of a specific sub-class of nicotinic receptors may be an effective strategy to help smokers quit without feeling anxious, a new study has found. According to researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University, these findings could pave way for development of novel therapies to help smokers quit without […]

Smokers miss work more often, cost UK billions

October 31, 2012 / NEW YORK (Reuters Health) / – Smokers miss an average of two or three more days of work each year than non-smokers, according to a new analysis of 29 past studies. Based on that finding, absenteeism due to smoking cost the UK alone 1.4 billion pounds – or $2.25 billion – […]

CAMH Scientists Identify Potential New Approach to Prevent Smoking Relapse

October 22, 2012 / News Medical / —  Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified a potential new approach to preventing smoking relapse, which occurs frequently in smokers who attempt to quit, despite current treatments. “We have developed a protein peptide that may be a new type of highly targeted […]

CAMH Scientists Identify Potential New Approach to Prevent Smoking Relapse

October 22, 2012 / News Medical / —  Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have identified a potential new approach to preventing smoking relapse, which occurs frequently in smokers who attempt to quit, despite current treatments. “We have developed a protein peptide that may be a new type of highly targeted […]

Smoking in cars leads to pollution levels over three times UN threshold

A study by doctors in Britain measured fine particle concentrations in the cars of 17 drivers, comparing trips with and without smoking. The doctors found that journeys that involved smoking had levels of fine particles that were over three times the recommendation set by the World Health Organization.   October 16, 2012 / NY Daily […]

Smoking may lead to cataracts in aging population

October 12, 2012 / MedicalExpress.com / — Cigarette smoking is a well-known risk factor for a wide-range of diseases. Now, scientists have evidence that smoking may also increase the risk of age-related cataract, the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in the world. Reported in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (Smoking and Risk of […]

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