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Smoking prevalence in those with mobility impairments studied by researchers

Smoking prevalence in those with mobility impairments studied by researchers

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have found that people with mobility impairments under age 65 have significantly higher rates of smoking than those without mobility impairments. Additionally, smokers with mobility impairments were less likely to attempt quitting than those without mobility impairments, and evidence-based, quit-smoking treatments may not be sufficient for this population. Continue reading

‘Cool’ factor separates e-cigarettes from nicotine inhalers, study finds

‘Cool’ factor separates e-cigarettes from nicotine inhalers, study finds

Why are e-cigarettes so popular among Americans who want to quit smoking, even though so little is known about their safety or effectiveness? The answer lies in their marketing — they are simply “cooler” than nicotine inhalers Continue reading

Domestic violence victims more likely to take up smoking

Domestic violence victims more likely to take up smoking

One third of women around the world have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their intimate partners with consequences from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression, to sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Continue reading

Nicotine withdrawal weakens brain connections tied to self-control over cigarette cravings

Nicotine withdrawal weakens brain connections tied to self-control over cigarette cravings

People who try to quit smoking often say that kicking the habit makes the voice inside telling them to light up even louder, but why people succumb to those cravings so often has never been fully understood. Now, a new brain imaging study in this week’s JAMA Psychiatry from scientists in Penn Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Intramural Research Program shows how smokers suffering from nicotine withdrawal may have more trouble shifting from a key brain network — known as default mode, when people are in a so-called “introspective” or “self-referential” state — and into a control network, the so-called executive control network, that could help exert more conscious, self-control over cravings and to focus on quitting for good Continue reading

Drug helps women who stop smoking keep off weight

Drug helps women who stop smoking keep off weight

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Patients with severe back pain who quit smoking report less pain than patients who continue to smoke

Patients with severe back pain who quit smoking report less pain than patients who continue to smoke

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2012) — For years, research has shown a link between smoking and an increased risk for low back pain, intervertebral (spine) disc disease, and inferior patient outcomes following surgery Continue reading

Preterm birth may be prevented with a few proven treatments, experts say

Preterm birth may be prevented with a few proven treatments, experts say

ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — Lowering preterm birth rates by an average of 5 percent across 39 high-resource countries, including the United States, by 2015 would prevent prematurity for 58,000 babies a year, a group of international experts said on November 15 Continue reading

Sugar boosts self-control

Sugar boosts self-control

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — To boost self-control, gargle sugar water. According to a study co-authored by University of Georgia professor of psychology Leonard Martin published Oct. Continue reading