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Vaccine to quit smoking?

Well, there is aren’t too many approaches which have not been taken in trying to prevent smoking, but a new vaccine developed by Nabi,// a pharmaceutical company, promises new hope in preventing people from relapsing. The vaccine (NicVAX) binds nicotine and prevents it from reaching the brain, where it causes its stimulatory effects. In animal control experiments, the vaccine was effective in pre...

New hope on the Horizon for People Wishing to Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the most difficult addiction to give up... .. ..In an exciting research done at the University of Toronto in Canada it was found that medication called methoxsalen ( this is currently used to treat skin disorders) may help addicts who wish to give up smoking. .. .. ..Nicotine replacement, in the form of a patch or gum, to keep the level of nicotine in blood up without smoking i...

Cancers of Colon & Rectum linked to Cigarette Smoking

The risks of smoking are well known. Besides causing 160,000 deaths annually from lung, mouth, bladder and other cancers, smoking also increases the risk of death from cancer of the colon or rectum, according to results of a large new study from the American Cancer Society. .. ..As many as 12% of all colorectal cancer deaths in the US may be caused by tobacco smoking... .."Colorectal cancer is no...

Smoking a greater risk than HIV? Yes say health experts!!!!

A research backed by the British government says that smoking will turn out to be the biggest killer in the years to come, surpassing the threat of even HIV. The British broadcasting corporation reported on Monday that in the developing world smoking will kill more people than any other disease in the next 20 years. The report released from the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex, United K...

Kick Smoking with Nicotine Drink

First it was the nicotine patch, then came the gum, inhalers and other products intended to help smokers kick the habit by getting over their nicotine fixation. The new kid on the block in this ever increasing list is a nicotine solution that can be mixed with drinks, which scientists claim could be useful in over coming the addiction. ..Researchers at Duke University have tested and patented th...

Smoking spreads Cancer

Smoking among women is on the rise. But the alarm bells are soaring against the same when the researchers identify that female smokers with breast cancer face an increased risk of their tumors spreading to the lungs and other organs than do nonsmokers .."There is a relationship between smoking and the spread of the disease," says study author Susan Murin, MD, associate professor of medicine at t...

ZYBAN, The smoking cessation drug marked for its adverse reactions

GlaxoSmithKline's smoking cessation drug Zyban, which is being taken by over 5 million people world wide, is held responsilble for a raise in the suspected adverse reactions due to drug intake in UK. ..Pharmacovigilance statistics of MCA has shown a raise of about 37% more adverse reactions so called "yellow cards" during the period of January to April 2001 compared to that of last years. MCA sp...

A boost to quit smoking

Smoking is injurious to health, especially to the heart.Improvements in heart disease risk factors are measurable within weeks of quitting smoking. It's known that smoking increases the risk of heart disease. The main culprit is carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke,// which raises cholesterol levels, white blood cell counts and creates other heart disease risk factors. Each 1% increase in carbon m...

Quitting smoking stops lung decline

Quitting smoking for a year at a time can keep lungs from deteriorating and reduce the risk of death, according to American researchers. At the University of Ohahio, Dr.Margit Pelkon and collegues investigated the effects of quitting smoking. ....They studied more than 1,000 Finnish participants in four groups:// those who had never smoked, those who had quit permanently, those who had quit inter...

Passive smoking affects respiratory system

Scientists have produced strong evidence that passive smoking has a lasting impact on the respiratory systems of children. ....A team from the US National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta studied data from 3,400 children aged 3 to 16 years. ....The researchers analysed the children's blood to determine the concentration of a substance called cotinine, produced when the body breaks dow...

Prescription Drug - Helps People Stop Smoking

The Mumbai-based Sun Pharmaceutical Industries entered the antismoking segment with its "Smoquit" (buproprion 150mg tabs) recently. The medication in Smoquit has been used for over a decade as an antidepressant, albeit at a different dose. The Rs. 13.50-per tablet priced Smoquit, the first pharmacotherapy ever available for the treatment of smoking problem, is a prescription drug and is required...

Quit Smoking

Although even diehard smokers may insist that they "enjoy" their habit and don't fear the health consequences, don't believe them. Since smoking involves powerful physiological and psychological addictions, quitting is very difficult, and without help only a minority succeed. Even smoking cessation courses, nicotine gum and patches, while helpful to many, have been unable to keep the majority per...

Stop smoking and reduce weight

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that a treatment program that focuses on reducing women's concerns about weight is the first treatment to significantly improve smoking cessation in weight-concerned women. Previous interventions for weight-concerned women assumed that the best approach to fostering smoking cessation was to help them prevent any weight gain afte...

Smoking can depreciate intellegence

Smoking in old age appears to be linked to intellectual impairment over the age of 64, research has found. ..A team from the Institute of Psychiatry in London carried out a community survey of an area of England ....They studied more than 630 people aged 65 and over. Smoking and drinking habits were recorded at the beginning of the study. The volunteers' intellectual powers were also assessed. Af...

Smoking Delays Pregnancy

Women who continue smoking while trying to have a baby risk having to wait significantly longer to get pregnant. Researchers at the Institute of Health Sciences at Oxford University compared the time taken to conceive by 569 women smokers, ex-smokers and never-smokers. Their findings show that on average women who continued to smoke while attempting to conceive took almost two months longer to co...

Teens listen to parents about smoking

Contrary to the notion of the rebellious teenager who spurns parental guidance in favor of peer influence, new study findings suggest that adolescents who think their parents disapprove of smoking are less likely to pick up the habit. Teens are much less likely to smoke if they think their parents disapprove of the habit. Parental disapproval works even if the parents are smokers. ....Parents o...

Teen smoking declines

Smoking is declining sharply among American teens. A report also disclosed that the recent sharp increases in the use of the drug ecstasy are slowing, heroin use decreased, and a gradual decline in use of inhalants continued in 2001. //Decreases in cigarette smoking were also observed. ....These important declines in teen smoking did not just happen by chance. A lot of individuals and organizati...

Smoking Linked To Low Infant Birth Weight

Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to bear an underweight child, but some women may carry a higher risk than others because of genetic susceptibility.// The finding could help medicine better determine the causes of low birth weight, though the researchers said they were not recommending at this point that women be screened for presence of the genes involved. ...."Our data demonstr...

GlaxoSmithKline To Cultivate Non-Smoking Environment

GlaxoSmithKline is putting its best foot forward in completing its social responsibility. The steps will also enable the company promote Zyban, its anti-smoking drug. Glaxo is aiding companies cultivate a non-smoking environment as part of its policy, along with providing teams to help in the transition. // ....Some of the corporate, which have negotiated for this 'no-smoking' environment, are H...

Smoking stripes longevity

Scientists have devised that each cigarette cuts on average 12 minutes off the life of a smoker. It is based on the difference in life expectancy between smokers and non-smokers and an estimate of the total number of cigarettes a regular male smoker might consume in a lifetime. ....The researchers, from the Univeristy of Bristol, took their figures on life expectancy from a major study of the imp...

Smoking during pregnancy increases risk of cleft palate

Researchers from the university of Michigan state that Women who smoke while pregnant are 60 percent to 70 percent more likely than nonsmokers to give birth// to a baby with a cleft lip or palate. The risk of the birth defect rises with the number of cigarettes that a mother-to-be smokes each day, even after factors like the mother's race, age and educational level are considered. The finding, ba...

Cancer patients pursue smoking inspite of risks

According to a new study, nearly one third of a group of patients with head and neck cancer continued to smoke, even though it was likely to worsen their condition. Smoking and drinking are both significant risk factors for head and neck cancer especially in combination.// According to researchers,at the Hopkins University, inspite of complications, some patients continued taking these risks. ....

Finger And Toe abnormalities Related to Maternal Smoking

In the largest study ever conducted on the effects of smoking and incidence of birth defects, it has now been found that maternal smoking is associated with an increased risk of finger and toe abnormalities. // The birth defects could range from polydactly (presence of extra digits in either the arms or feet) to webbed (syndactyly) or missing toes and fingers (adactyly). ....The researchers stud...

Media Messages Can Serve To Reduce Smoking Indoors

Passive smoking which usually takes place at home can be reduced by the health warning ‘Smoking is injurious to health’. An American Journal of Health Behavior// study has revealed this, which stated that smoking at home may be restricted as people realize the harmful effects of second hand smoke. ....Secondhand smoke exposure has been linked to lung cancer and heart disease in adults and sever...

Smoking Women May Give Birth To Deformed Babies

Pregnant women who smoke may end up giving birth to deformed babies, according to study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Even smoking half a packet of cigarettes // a day may raise the risk by 29% for the unborn child. The effects may be felt even before the woman is aware that she is pregnant. ....'We found that the more a woman smoked, the higher the risk became that the ba...

A new herbal therapy to quit smoking

Smokers trying to quit now have one more way out of their nicotine addiction. Newtrition Remedies, a herbal medicine manufacturer, launched its "Quit Smoking Programme". Known as the "Trans-Alpha-Herbal Therapy", //the programme will focus on assisting smokers overcome physical and psychological addiction to tobacco and will begin with an attempt to de-automise the habit. This will turn smoking f...

Watching television linked to smoking

In the United States smoking is the leading preventable cause of death. Turning off the television could prevent young people from smoking. A new study finds the more an adolescent watches television, the more likely they are to start smoking. //The risk of disease increases the earlier in life one starts to smoke. About 5 million adolescents smoke and that number has been increasing since 1990....

Quit smoking after cancer diagnosis

According to a new study it is observed that motivating people to give up smoking, after a cancer diagnosis, is not necessarily more effective than just ordering them to quit. When someone is diagnosed with cancer,// they may well be more responsive than ever before to the idea of giving up smoking. Researchers at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre, in Melbourne, have been considering at t...

Smoking risk precedes colon cancer

People who smoke are more likely to develop the colorectal polyps that can precede colon cancer. Researchers at Texas analysed the medical records of 1,232 consecutive patients attending for colonoscopy. They found the incidence of polyps// - growths in the colon or rectum that may precede cancer - to be greater among current smokers than in ex-smokers and non-smokers. ....Moreover, the smokers...

Quitting the smoking habit

According to a new study it is observed that antidepressants used to aid people quit smoking are more effective when combined with a psychological program. The down side, researchers add, is neither approach appears// to help people quit and stay quit over the long-term. ....Researchers from the University of California, noted better short term and intermittent quit rates among smokers who took e...

Smoking may be influenced by Parents

According to a new study it is observed by researchers that children who light their parents' cigarette or clean out the ashtray are likely to become smokers themselves. In addition, asking children to bring the cigarettes,// buy them at the store or light a cigarette for the parent are all behaviors that encourage children to smoke. ....Rafael Laniado-Laborin, M.D., from San Diego State Universi...

Smoking impairs protective reflex in throat

Researchers at the Medical college of Wisconsin have recently shown that smoking leads to damage of the protective reflexes in the throat area. A one-way valve keeps stomach acid from flowing back into the hroat and smoking causes damage to the// pharyngoglottal closure reflex, which closes off the vocal chords if fluid enters the area, a condition known as reflex disease. ....Ten smokers and ten...

Help Quit Smoking

What stops people who smoke from quitting? Behavioural Scientist Nancy Murray says that the age when one starts smoking has a link to the difficulty in quitting as a finding indicates that more than 92 percent of adult smokers started when they were// in their teen years. Studies indicate that only two out of every ten smokers quit successfully and the the younger you start the more difficult it...

Weight gain following smoking cessation not linked to Leptin

Smoking cessation has often been connected to gaining excess weight. It has been debated for long that this weight gain could be related to the hormone leptin, which regulates appetite and controls// weight. These arguments were based on assumptions that leptin levels were high during smoking periods, thus keeping weight down and after one stops smoking, the leptin levels plummet leading to weigh...

Women who quit smoking during pregnancy tend to relapse

A study by researchers at Pace University in New York found from an analysis of smoking data from 10 states collected between 1993 until 1999 found that the percentage of women who quit smoking rose from 37% to 46% during pregnancy. However, more than half of those were unable to remain ex-smokers six months after giving birth.// ....The study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medic...

Risk of hemorrhagic stroke increased in smoking individuals

New study by researchers from Harvard Medical School has shown that Men who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day run over twice the risk of a stroke caused by bleeding into the brain. Researchers had already identified a link between ischemic stroke - caused by a clot in a blood vessel serving the brain - and smoking. The new study that covered 22,022 male US physicians followed for nearly 18 year...

Smoking habit affects your baby's health

To ensure the health of their children most expecting moms will do whatever needs to be done. ....Whether it be vitamins, right diet or plenty of rest. But are those moms who smoke, ready to set ....aside their habit or smokers who live or work with expectant moms willing to put their habit on ....hold for the sake of the child? ....A statistics that came out of a recent meeting of the Baxter Cou...

Passive smoking may be harmless

Researchers at UCLA suggests that passive smoking does not cause health problems for nonsmokers. Epidemiologists concluded that second hand smoking does not increase the risk for lung cancer and heart disease. An experiment was conducted on more than 35,000 California residents. Those who were part of the study were non-smokers, but their spouses were active smokers. The researchers said they fou...

smoking and drinking lead to cancer

A recent study indicates that smoking and drinking alcohol may reverse ..the anticancer effect of ..beta- carotene. Beta carotene is an vitamin A precursor which in the ..past been touted for ..reducing the risk of colorectal polyp recurrence. Colorectal polyps are ..benign tumours that can ..eventually develop into colorectal cancer.// Tests were conducted on ..864 participants who had ..previou...

World Health Organisation Takes a Historic Decision and Approves Treaty to Discourage Smoking

The 192 members of WHO unanimously adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) aimed at curbing tobacco-related deaths and disease on 22nd May 2003. The Convention requires countries to impose restrictions on tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, establish new labelling and clean indoor air controls and strengthen legislation to clamp down on tobacco smuggling.//.. ..“Tod...
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