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Possible Role for Environmental Copper in Alzheimer's Disease

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Science  15 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5635, pp. 905
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5635.905a

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New results suggest that a combination of low levels of copper ions in drinking water and a high-cholesterol diet somehow promotes an Alzheimer-like pathology in rabbits. Alzheimer's experts caution, however, that much more work will be needed to determine whether the findings apply to human disease.