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Posted by Bruce on November 02, 2000 at 15:27:41:

In Reply to: Re: My Father asked me the same question. He says (txt) posted by Carole on November 02, 2000 at 10:52:30:

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: : : he saw a story that said they help with tremors. But so far I have not been able to find anything on it.

: : Buck and Robin, I found one small study involving nine Parkinson's patients on the Yahoo health network. The subjects were first injected with nicotine followed by the nicotine patch. The found their was improvement in learning and memory abilities, but the study did not have enough subjects to draw any conclusions. I suspect the bad effects of nicotine on the body has a lot to do with the few studies that have been done (heart). Bruce

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: Hi all!
: I found a site where you can read the latest report that came in my Fall Parkinson's Report from NPF. Interesting stuff; it recommends talking it over with your doctor first and told about a study done with 15 PD patients who had tremors and stiff gait. Some reported dramatic improvement. One downside the report gave was that some insurers refused to pay for the patches, which cost about $40 for a two-week supply.
: I for one am too allergic to adhesives to consider trying the treatment. I'd have to chew gum, and my teeth hurt right now, so you'll have to let me know how it works if you decide to try it.
: http://www.parkinson.org/nicotine2.htm
: Carole
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The study on using the nicotine patch for PD symptoms was a small pilot study that showed that nicotine helped some PD patients with an impaired attention. At the end of the article NPF gave an editorial comment. "This study which demonstrates an effect of nicotine is promising. It's likely that nicotine analogues will be developed that will stimulate the same receptors. However, the analogues will lack the harmful effects of nicotine on receptors in the heart and on blood vessels. At present, the potential benefits of nicotine, in patches and gum must be weighed against the harmful effects of nicotine on blood vessels and heart. At present, the risks of nicotine outweigh its benefits." Bruce

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