Copper & Alzheimer's Disease

Tim Tyler tim at
Sat Aug 16 15:24:43 EST 2003

In Ian Goddard <igoddard at> wrote:

: A steady stream of research points to heavy metals (aluminum, iron,
: zinc, copper, and mercury) as possibly playing important roles in
: Alzheimer's disease. This latest study sheds light on copper:


A report of a previous study:

``Research teams at Harvard Medical School, the University of Melbourne,
  and Prana Biotechnology Ltd in Australia are working collaboratively on
  giving Alzheimer's-prone mice copper chelators, substances that sop up
  metals and eliminate them from the body. These new metal-binding drugs
  effectively "melted" the amyloid plaques in living mice in as little as
  nine weeks, and are now in clinical trials with Alzheimer's
  patients. Results of the first of these drugs, clioquinol, should be
  known within 12 months, and further trials of this approach are
  currently in preparation.''

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