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Genes Predict If Medication Can Help You Quit Smoking

May 31, 2012   The same gene variations that make it difficult to stop smoking also increase the likelihood that heavy smokers will respond to nicotine-replacement therapy and drugs that thwart cravings, a new study shows. The study suggests it may one day be possible to predict which patients are most likely to benefit from drug treatments for nicotine addiction. The researchers, Beirut and Chen, analyzed data from more than 5,000 smokers who participated in community-based studies and more than 1,000 smokers in a clinical treatment study. The scientists focused on the relationship between the participant’s ability to quit smoking successfully and genetic variations that have been associated with risk for heavy smoking and nicotine dependence.

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120530115826.htm


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