Men And Women React To Smoking Differently, So They Might Need To Quit Differently Too

December 23, 2014 6:00 PM

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A new way to image people's brains while they smoke has revealed a basis in the brain for a phenomenon scientists have studied for quite some time: Cigarettes have different effects on men than they do on women. Now, researchers believe the differences could one day lead to gender-specific treatments to help people quit.

Researchers from Yale University used positron emission tomography (PET) scans to capture the changing levels of a neurotransmitter called dopamine, a chemical in the brain that plays a role in the brain's pleasure and reward pathways. In addition to reinforcing good-for-you behaviors by activating ...

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