Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Smoking gets another kick in the butt!

As if smoking wasn't bad enough for you already, the September issue of "Neurology" published the results of a study stating that smoking may accelerate cognitive decline in non-demented elderly individuals. The study was a multi-center prospective cohort with an analytical sample of 9,209 persons of 65 years and over examined over an average period of 2.3 years.

The higher rates of decline are contrary to early case controlled studies that suggested smoking protects against Alzheimer disease.

The study was supported by Erasmus Medical Center and several governmental health organizations in the Netherlands.

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