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06/18/2003

There's not much to say about this, except that it isn't a reason to take up smoking, but it's interesting and surprising enough to merit mention:

Nicotine could in future yield a new treatment for Alzheimer's disease, scientists have revealed.

Researchers found that a by-product of the compound which hooks smokers appears to protect the brain from the devastating dementia illness.

But the discovery should not be seen as an excuse to smoke. The substance, nornicotine, is toxic, and could not itself be used as a medication. But scientists believe further research might produce harmless compounds that mimic the action of nornicotine in fighting Alzheimer's.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 12:23 PM EST