SCIENTISTS in North Carolina, USA, have released a study that indicates that the use of nicotine patches can counter an existing condition of deteriorating memory loss. Test patches were used on 11 older men and women and after several weeks the subjects had significant improvements in their ability to recognise objects and make decisions quickly. Also, researchers at Canada's University of Manitoba have published findings linking nicotine's ability to fight the effects on nerve cells of Alzheimer's disease.

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