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Smoking cuts risk of Parkinson's disease

A recent study published in the Neurology Journal found longtime smoking reduces the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

The study looked at the lifetime smoking history of more than 300,000 people, and confirmed the inverse relationship between smoking and Parkinson's disease, established in earlier scientific studies.

But don't be so quick to light up those cig's.

Researchers say they've found a critical new piece to the puzzle: It appears to be the length of time one has been a smoker - not the number of cigarettes smoked - that has the most effect on disease risk reduction.

"Nobody should advocate smoking to prevent Parkinson's disease," Dr. Honglei Chen, the lead study author and a tenure-track investigator at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, told CNN. "It's important to make that very, very clear."

Smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and has been linked to an increase in heart-disease risk, stroke risk, and several types of cancers.

April 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm
(1) David says:

That is amazing, I would never have thought of cigarettes as a preventative cure to anything. Obviously there are still risks with smoking as the article states. We are trying to gather information about symptoms, treatments, and side-effects in a peer-to-peer environment. If you would like to share your experience with PD please give a few minutes of your time to help others with your knowledge. The more people who share the better information there is. Thanks!

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September 10, 2012 at 11:10 am
(3) Disease Management Program says:

I have nothing else to add to this topic other the need to further understand it. I also like “Smoking cuts risk of Parkinson’s disease” for the title.

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