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Smoking shortens lifespan of patients with terminal illness

Updated: Sep 22, 2016 13:08 IST      
Smoking shortens lifespan of patients with terminal illness

Washington D.C. [USA], Sept.22 (ANI): A new research suggests that smoking may shorten the lives of those with terminal illness, such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

ALS damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These cells control many vital muscle functions, including speaking, swallowing and breathing.

Though no cure for this disease has been found, scientists have identified several risk factors, including genes, gender, age and underlying health issues.

For this study, researchers explored the link between tobacco and development of ALS.

They collected data on the smoking habits of 650 people diagnosed with ALS between 2007 and 2011 in northern Italy. They also looked at chronic lung disease (COPD) among these patients.

Nearly 19 percent of the ALS patients were regular smokers when they were diagnosed.

Researchers noted that 28 percent were ex-smokers and about 53 percent had never smoked.

44 of the ALS patients had COPD; half were former smokers. On average, patients with COPD had shorter lives than those without.

But smoking appeared to shorten patients' lives whether or not they had COPD when their ALS was diagnosed.

On average, smokers with ALS lived 21 months after diagnosis, compared to 27 months for ex-smokers. Those who never smoked lived the longest after diagnosis, 31 months, on average.

Researchers also said smokers were usually younger than others when their ALS was diagnosed.

The study authors, led by Dr. Adriano Chio, although cautioned that no firm conclusions about cause and effect can be drawn from their observational study.

The study was published online in The Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. (ANI)

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Updated: Aug 19, 2017 09:39 IST     

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New HIV-tracking approach paves way for better therapies

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 08:25 IST     

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Vitamin C may help genes to kill blood cancer stem cells

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 07:13 IST     

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Vitamin D deficiency ups heart failure risk in older adults

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 07:07 IST     

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Sedentary urban life responsible for piles in youth

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 19:24 IST     

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Updated: Aug 18, 2017 19:09 IST     

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Roving surgical robot to tour four key Andhra Pradesh cities

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 12:12 IST     

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Overuse of antibiotics may affect body's immune system: Study

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 07:18 IST     

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Cloudy water risks your stomach health

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 12:53 IST     

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Soon, a 'powerful' pain reliever that could end opioid crisis

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 11:07 IST     

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Using e-cigarettes daily can help you 'kick the butt'

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 10:17 IST     

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E-cigarette may help people quit smoking: Study

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 07:07 IST     

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A protein cocktail that helps mend a broken heart

Updated: Aug 15, 2017 12:54 IST     

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You could be binge-watching your way to poor sleep

Updated: Aug 15, 2017 10:16 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 15 (ANI): Binge-watching may be fun, but it comes at a price, according to a recent study.

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