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January 24 - Warding off disease - The authors found that both current smokers and past smokers were less likely to develop Parkinson's disease than people who had never smoked.  The association was stronger in men than in women and the risk of Parkinson's decreased as the number of cigarettes smoked per week increased, the authors note in the Annals of Neurology.

The evidence just keeps growing that smoking tobacco keeps Parkinson's disease at bay.  It kills anti-tobacco to admit this so its primary task to so make sure no word of the benefits of smoking must leak out and, barring that, must make sure that the message is complicated by messages of "complex interactions between genetic mechanisms and putative risk factors."  Funny how multifactorial considerations are marshaled forth when smoking is linked to good health but dismissed whenever smoking is blamed for the ailment of the week.