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Aluminum and dementia

Published 20 April 2006

Comment from the Alzheimer’s Society.

'There is no conclusive medical or scientific evidence of a link between aluminium and Alzheimer's disease. There have been three independent scientific enquiries into the Camelford incident, none of which have found a causal link with dementia.

Whilst this is a sad and tragic incident, it should not lead to wider panic. Aluminium is one of the most abundant minerals in the world, and worldwide research has not found any evidence that exposure to everyday levels of aluminium is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Society offers help and support to families affected by dementia throughout the country and we would be happy to offer advice to any families living in the Camelford area.

We still do not know what causes Alzheimer's disease, and until this time the Alzheimer's Society supports all research into potential causes and cures.'

Clive Evers
Director of Information and Education

Notes to editors

  • Headaches are not a symptom of Alzheimer's disease
  • Researchers believe that, in the majority of those affected, Alzheimer's disease results from a combination of different risk factors rather than a single cause. Such factors, which vary from person to person, may include age, genetic predisposition, other diseases or environmental agents.