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Aluminum is one of the most common minerals on earth, and it is found in hundreds of popular products we use every day. It is used to treat the water we drink from city pipes, but it is also a key ingredient in antacids and antiperspirants, not to mention the pots and pans in our kitchens. How does aluminum affect health?
In the past, researchers have speculated that aluminum may contribute to the burden of Alzheimer’s disease among industrialized populations. Although there is no definitive research linking aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, there are now other concerns. Might aluminum exposure increase the risk of breast cancer?
Philippa D. Darbre, PhD, is Reader in Oncology in the School of Biological Sciences, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, UK.
Christopher Exley, PhD, is Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry at The Birchall Centre of Lennard-Jones Laboratories in Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands. The photo is of Dr. Exley.
His website is http://www.keele.ac.uk/aluminium
Kris G. McGrath, MD, is Professor in Medicine-Allergy-Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.
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