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WesternU COMP-Northwest professor publishes secondhand smoke study

by Rodney Tanaka

May 21, 2021

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COMP-Northwest Professor Glen Kisby, PhD

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest Professor Glen Kisby, PhD, is the senior author of a recently-published study on the harmful effects of chronic exposure to secondhand smoke.

The study, “Effects of Chronic Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Exposure on Cognitive Performance and Metabolic Pathways in the Hippocampus of Wild-Type and Human Tau Mice,” was published May 19, 2021 in Environmental Health Perspectives.

The study assessed the effects of chronic SHS exposure on behavioral and cognitive function, metabolism, and neuropathology in mice over a period of 10 months.

“This study more accurately replicates the human experience by daily exposing mice to cigarette smoke,” Kisby said.

The study shows that chronic exposure to second-hand smoke results in lower body weight and cognitive impairments that more profoundly affects males. Read more on the Oregon Health & Science University website.

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