Local study investigates link between arsenic & Alzheimer's - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/2/10

Local study investigates the link between arsenic and Alzheimer's

By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A new study at Texas Tech could impact the way the government looks at the water we drink.  Researchers in the Department of Neurology are investigating the level of arsenic in water and whether it might increase our risk of Alzheimer's disease.

"West Texas is actually a hot bed for high levels of arsenic exposure," said Sid O'Bryant, Ph.D."  "What arsenic can do to the body and to the brain even at low levels really looks a lot like a number of the mechanisms that are thought to be involved with Alzheimer's disease."

Tech researchers are looking for Alzheimer's patients to be included in this study.  For more information, please call 743-5601.

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