Study Suggests Link Between Smoking and Alzheimer’s
For decades, cigarettes have been associated with a number of less-than-desirable features such as coughing, wheezing, hoarse voice and blackened teeth, not to mention fatal illnesses such as lung cancer and emphysema. In addition, a new study conducted by Frank M. LaFerla, associate director of the Institute for Brain, Aging and Dementia at UC Irvine, shows that nicotine may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, despite previous research suggesting that nicotine may prevent the crippling disease.
Alzheimer’s patients develop a sort of plaque in the brain, along with tangles. These ‘tangles’ are masses of proteins that accumulate inside neurons and simply stop, thus inhibiting axonal transport