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Submission + - Nicotine improves brain function in schizophrenics ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Nicotine enhances attention and memory in schizophrenics, says a study that supports the development of new treatments which could relieve symptoms and prevent smoking-related deaths.

A strong link between schizophrenia and smoking — with over three times as many schizophrenics smoking (70 to 90%) as the population at large — prompted scientists to investigate the link.

Researchers led by Ruth Barr, a psychiatrist at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, set out to find if the nicotine in cigarettes was helping patients to overcome their difficulties with cognitive function, such as planning and memory in social and work settings.

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Nicotine improves brain function in schizophrenics

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  • Interestingly, compared to the side effects for the drugs typically used to treat schizophrenia, smoking is benign.

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