Studies have been done showing that there might be a link between nicotine and beneficial effects on movement disorders, said C.J. Malanga, professor of neurology in the school of medicine at UNC.
?There is some reason to believe, and this is based in large part on animal experiments, that nicotine may help correct the neurotransmitter imbalance that occurs in the brains of animals that have behaviors which we tend to use to model movement disorders,? he said.
Malanga also said it appears nicotine and caffeine are useful as protective measures against Parkinson?s disease, another movement disorder. However, Malanga stressed that there is no known relationship between Tourette?s and Parkinson?s.
[size=9px]source: Daily Tarheel[/size]