Most widely prescribed diabetes drug improves nicotine withdrawal symptoms in animal model

The anti-anxiety reducing effects of metformin during nicotine withdrawal are dependent on hippocampal AMPK?. Representative GFP expression of AMPK in the hippocampus at 10× magnification (green). Credit: Julie Blendy, Ph.D., Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; PNAS The anti-anxiety reducing effects of metformin during nicotine withdrawal are dependent on hippocampal AMPK?. Representative GFP expression […]

Three-quarters of COPD cases are linked to childhood risk factors that are exacerbated in adulthood

While smoking remains the biggest risk factor for COPD, the study demonstrates that childhood illnesses (such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis, eczema) and exposures to parental smoking are also linked to the disease. Credit: © Michail Petrov / Fotolia While smoking remains the biggest risk factor for COPD, the study demonstrates that childhood illnesses […]

Smokers’ Diets Let Them Down, Too

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 — People who smoke already face a greater risk of illnesses and early death, and a new study suggests their diets aren’t doing their health any favors either. The researchers found that compared to ex-smokers and people who never smoked, tobacco users have diets with a much higher energy density. Smokers […]