Your Health: Mar. 6, 2000

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NICOTINE FIT No one wants to say anything good about nicotine, but the highly addictive chemical may in fact have some benefits. A preliminary study of 100 children with Tourette's syndrome--a bizarre affliction in which patients involuntarily grimace, shout obscenities, even bark--finds that those given nicotine patches along with standard medication (the tranquilizer Haldol) had fewer symptoms than kids on placebo patches. And though some young users complained of side effects like nausea, none got hooked.

ATTENTION! Using a special MRI technique, researchers have mapped out regions of the brain involved in paying attention. The frontal cortex and parietal...

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