Study: Low-dose carbon monoxide prevents bowel disease

12/20/2005 | United Press International

Researchers say one odd benefit from smoking is that the carbon monoxide that is a component of cigarette smoke appears to help ward off ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease. While high-dose CO gas is deadly, low concentrations can act as an anti-inflammatory agent, however, the benefits are compromised by the many other serious risk factors that smoking presents.

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