Thursday, January 24, 2013

Snuff and MS: Does nicotine protect against MS?

Nicotine may protect against the development of multiple sclerosis, according to researchers from the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.  In looking for possible causes and risk factors involved in developing MS, a group of researchers in Sweden have examined several possibilities, including smoking and nicotine use.

In a recent study published online, ahead of print, in the journal Multiple Sclerosis, researchers aimed to investigate the influence of moist snuff use on the risk of developing MS while taking smoking habits into consideration (Hedström, 2013).  A prior study conducted at the Karolinska Institutet indicated that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is associated with increased MS risk (Hedström, 2011).  The same research group had determined that smoking, but not the use of Swedish snuff, increased the risk of MS (Hedström, 2009).

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Does nicotine protect against MS?

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