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Fri, 7th Jun 2013

Nicotine affecting Attention

Dr Natalia Goriounova, Marseille, France and St Petersburg, Russia

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Moving from infant brain development to the teenage brain, with a shock finding on how nicotine in cigarettes has detrimental effects on attention years down the line.....

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Having your ability to pay attention to your normal necessities impaired lets you be more attentive to the necessity of getting your next fix of nicotine on schedule. grizelda, Sat, 8th Jun 2013

If nicotine exposure as a teenager produces an attention deficit which lasts into adulthood, could nicotine exposure as an infant (or in the womb) contribute to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD when coupled with Hyperactivity) which is increasingly being diagnosed amongst schoolchildren? evan_au, Sat, 8th Jun 2013



Well, if so, you would expect to see it rapidly declining, since a lot more adults smoked in the '60s and '70s than now.  cheryl j, Sat, 8th Jun 2013

Point taken, Cheryl, but we're also likely to be making more diagnoses now than before since awareness of the condition is higher. chris, Tue, 11th Jun 2013

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