15 February 2009

Second-hand smoke linked to cognitive impairment

Second-hand smoke could cause dementia - first large scale study demonstrates link between exposure to passive smoking and cognitive problems
Peninsula Medical School: 13 February 2009
Researchers from the Peninsula Medical School, the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan have published the results of the first large-scale study to indicate that second-hand smoke exposure could lead to dementia and other neurological problems.

The results will be published by the BMJ online on Friday. Research has already identified possible links between active smoking and cognitive impairment, and previous findings have suggested exposure to second-hand smoke is linked to poor cognitive performance in children and adolescents. However, this is the first study of its kind to link second-hand smoke exposure to cognitive impairment in adult non-smokers…. > full story : review by NHS Knowledge Services : MedPage Today Teaching Brief

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