Non-invasive brain stimulation, such as rTMS, helps to reduce smoking frequency in nicotine-dependent people, a new study reports. Stimulating the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation significantly reduced smoking frequency.
A smoking cessation drug called cytisine may be a helpful new tool for the treatment of Parkinson's disease in women. Cytisine was found to reduce the loss of dopamine neurons. The effect was more pronounced when estrogen was present.
Using the Big Five model of personality traits, researchers found smokers were more likely to experience an increase in neuroticism over time. Quitting smoking did not have an impact on altering the negative personality traits.
Researchers report Metformin, one of the most widely prescribed drugs for diabetes, helped reduce symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal in animal models.
Penn State researchers report nicotine withdrawal may blunt working memory and cognitive processing.
Researchers report a person's ability to quit smoking could be influenced by a neural network associated with inhibiting automated behavior.
Researchers have pinpointed why quitting smoking is more difficult for people who are depressed.
Researchers discover an enzyme that seeks and destroys nicotine before it hits the brain. The discovery could lead to new therapies to help people quit smoking.