Nicotine may help treat schizophrenia, study finds
Schizophrenia is a severe and disabling mental condition that affects more than 21 million people globally and over 1 percent of the United States adult population every year.

A significant number of studies have shown the condition to be a brain disorder, with brain imaging techniques revealing that neurological impairment often accompanies schizophrenia.

One of the neurological abnormalities that former research has linked to schizophrenia is a decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex (PFC). This area hosts the brain's executive functions, such as judgment, decision-making, and problem-solving. The PFC also helps us to stay in control during stressful events, and deals with short-term and long-term memory.