IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
NEW RESEARCH CONNNECTS MERCURY TO ALZHEIMERS DISEASE!
Scientists have shown that trace amounts of mercury can cause the type of damage
to nerves that is characteristic of the damage found in Alzheimers disease. The level
of mercury exposure used in the test was well below those levels found in many
humans with mercury/silver amalgam dental fillings. The research conducted at the
University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine fond that exposure to mercury caused the
formation of neurofibrillar tangles, which are one of the two diagnostic markers
for Alzheimers disease. Previous research has shown that mercury can cause the
formation of the other Alzheimers disease marker, amyloid plaques. The
scientists also exposed the test nerves to other elements, including aluminum, but
found that only mercury caused the damage consistent with Alzheimers disease.
The research, published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, is accompanied by a video visual presentation of the effect. Utilizing digital time-lapse photography, this video shows rapid damage to the nerve cells after introduction of minute amounts of mercury. Funding for this video was provided by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).
This video will be available to media contacts (only) through:
Miss Karen Thomas, Media Relations, University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, 403-220-2945, 403-210-8141 Fax, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Embargo Date: 26 March 2001
Title: Retrograde Degeneration of Neurite Membrane Structural Integrity of Nerve Growth Cones Following In Vitro Exposure to Mercury
Authors: Leong, CW; Syed, NI; Lorscheider, FL
Journal: NeuroReport, 12(4):733-737,2001