i just need help and an opinion for that..this is my assigment..:)
I do know that studies have been performed using nicotine patches and IV nicotine for Alzheimer's patients and have noticed improvements in cognitive function.
As for non-medical uses, I'm not sure what you are asking there, as smoking tobacco is the only use I know of.
(There is also increasing clinical data supporting a potential role for nicotine in treatment of Alzheimer's disease, reported Paul Newhouse, M.D., University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Alzheimer's disease is characterized by a loss of cholinergic neurons in the basal forebrain with an associated loss of nicotinic receptors. This vulnerable group of cells is critical both for the regulation of cerebral blood flow and cognitive performance. Clinical studies have shown that intravenous administration of nicotine to non-smoking Alzheimer's patients produces significant improvements in long-term recall and attention span, although increases in symptoms of anxiety and depression are also seen.
"We can demonstrate that loss of nicotinic receptors has functional consequences for cognitive processes and that nicotine agonists appear to provide improvements. This suggests that therapeutic stimulation with nicotinic agonists might have benefits, either in Alzheimer's disease, or in other dementias where nicotinic receptor loss has been observed.)
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