Latest Lungs News: Smoking can Shrink Your Brain
By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
Smoking shrinks the human brain, and once that brain mass is lost then it’s gone for good, a new study warns.
Brain scans from more than 32,000 people strongly link a history of smoking with a gradual loss of brain volume. In fact, the more packs a person smoked per day, the smaller their brain volume, researchers found.
“It sounds bad, and it is bad,” said senior study author Laura Bierut, a professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
“A reduction in brain volume is consistent with increased aging,” Bierut added in a university news release. “This is important as our population gets older, because aging and smoking are both risk factors for dementia.”
The study, published recently…
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