facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Nicotine may help in Parkinson's treatment

Aug. 8, 2006 at 1:16 PM   |   Comments

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. study suggests nicotine treatment protects against the same type of brain damage that occurs in Parkinson's disease.

Researchers at The Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale, Calif., used laboratory animals treated with MPTP, an agent that produces a gradual loss of brain function characteristic of Parkinson's.

Experimental animals receiving chronic administration of nicotine over a period of six months had 25 percent less damage from the MPTP treatment than those not receiving nicotine, according to the study in the Journal of Neurochemistry.

This protective effect may explain the lower incidence of Parkinson's disease among smokers, according to the researchers.

The results also suggest that nicotine may be useful as a potential therapy in the treatment of early-stage Parkinson's patients.

© 2006 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Childhood depression may be lessened with music therapy, study finds Childhood depression may be lessened with music therapy, study finds
2
31,000 pounds of gluten-free chicken products recalled 31,000 pounds of gluten-free chicken products recalled
3
Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children Morning exercise helps calm ADHD symptoms in children
4
Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95 Yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies at 95
5
Michelle Obama made a 'Turn Down for What' Vine inspired by turnips Michelle Obama made a 'Turn Down for What' Vine inspired by turnips
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback