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Geographical relation between Alzheimer's disease and aluminium in drinking water
Author(s)C N Martyn, C Osmond, J A Edwardson
Journal titleThe Lancet, no 8629, 14 January 1989
Pagespp 59-62
KeywordsDementia ; Metals.
AnnotationIn a survey of 88 county districts within England and Wales, rates of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in people aged 70 and under were estimated from the records of the computerised tomographic (CT) scanning units that served these districts. Rates were adjusted to compensate for differences in distance from the nearest CT scanning unit and for differences in size of population served by units. Aluminium concentrations in water over the past 10 years were obtained from water authorities and water companies. The risk of AD was 1.5 times higher in districts where the mean aluminium concentration exceeded 0.11 mg/l than in districts where concentrations were less than 0.01 mg/l. There was no evidence of a relation between other causes of dementia, or epilepsy, and aluminium concentrations in water. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930610080 A
ClassmarkEA: YMA *

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