Researchers have tried to explain how nicotine exploits the body’s cellular machinery to promote addiction. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nicotine activates receptors known as nAChRs and, remarkably, unlike most other drugs of abuse, it acts as a 'pharmacological chaperone' to stabilize assembly of its receptors within the Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) and increase …
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A new study has revealed that smoking, diets rich in animal products, and alcohol have the strongest correlations with cancer incidence rates. This study is an ecological study in which incidence rates for the various types of cancer for males and females from 87 countries with high quality cancer incidence rate data as well as all 157 countries with cancer incidence rate data were compared …
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Ask any smoker who has tried to quit and he/she’ll tell you how incredibly hard it is. All the motivating factors that inspires a person to quit – health hazards, rising cigarette prices, trouble in relationships, etc. seem to just fade away when nicotine craving kicks in and you need to get rid of the dizzy head in order to exist in peace. 'Some of the common excuses people use to not give …
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Salman Khan, the reigning king of Bollywood whose films make big bucks merely on his screen presence, turns 48 today i.e. December 27. Apart from acting, the actor who is fondly called Sallu, is known for other aspects of his personality as well. His philanthropic nature which is evident from his charity called Being Human, his larger-than-life persona, his star power, his candid confessions (the …
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A new smart e-cigarette connects to smartphones to allow smokers to track all kinds of data about their habit. Electronic cigarettes are growing in popularity as an alternative to smoking as it replaces the actual smoke with vapour. The new 'Smokio' e-cigarette, developed in France, uses Bluetooth to connect to your device. From there the user downloads the free application and uses it to …
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The most effective way to reduce tobacco consumption is by imposing a total ban on its use at home or, on a larger scale, in the whole city, say community medicine experts. Banning tobacco use inside homes - or more broadly in the whole city - forces smokers to either cut down consumption or quit completely, report University of California (UC), San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the …
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E-cigarettes that were launched to let people kick the butt, has left many parents worried. Adults are concerned that the use of e-cigarettes by children and teens would later encourage them to use tobacco products. A poll on children's health by the University of Michigan's Mott Children's Hospital raised the alarm that parents are concerned about their children trying e-cigarettes, which are …
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You may have thought that all the health hazards of smoking have already been documented but scientists have now found that smoking can alter your genes too! Researchers from Uppsala University and Uppsala Clinical Research Center in Sweden found that smoking affects genes which increase the risk for cancer and diabetes, or are important for the immune response or sperm quality. They examined …
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Nicotine is good for you as it makes your brain work better, a senior molecular biologist in the UK has claimed. David O'Reilly, employed by a UK-based cigarette manufacturer, claimed that nicotine has a positive impact on the brain and smoking an ecigarette is as 'safe as drinking a cup of coffee'.  ‘When you take nicotine, your brain works better. It helps with cognition, stimulates and …
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While the start of a new year looks like a promising way to start off on a clean slate by quitting bad habits, it may not be as much of a powerful motivator as the motivation of a celebrity, a new study has suggested. Researchers from San Diego State University, the Santa Fe Institute, the University of North Carolina and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that when …
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Stressing the need for effective implementation of laws on banning advertisements of all tobacco products, cancer experts in Kolkata on Thursday pointed to the dearth of cessation services in the country. Such centres, according to specialist Soma Roy Chowdhury, help addicts to shun the habit through tailor-made programmes and also sustain their restraint. 'The quitting centres are basically …
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Nicotine replacement gums or popular drugs prescribed to help people quit smoking may not pose serious heart risks in users, according to a study. In recent years, there have been concerns that some smoking cessation products may have serious cardiovascular risks. But in the largest analysis of side effects of three major smoking cessation products, serious heart events didn't increase with …
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Researchers have claimed that men who continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis were at an increased risk of death compared to those who quit smoking after diagnosis. Compared with men who did not smoke after a cancer diagnosis, those who smoked after diagnosis had a 59 percent increase in risk of death from all causes, after adjusting for factors including age, cancer site, and treatment …
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A new study has revealed that prenatal exposure to alcohol severely disrupts major features of brain development that potentially lead to increased anxiety and poor motor function, conditions typical in humans with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). The study by neuroscientists at the University of California, Riverside, discovered that prenatal exposure to alcohol significantly altered …
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