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Wetlander's Pick of the Posts Algal Bloom May Be Linked To Alzheimer’s, Researchers Say

By Sara Jerome – Water Online – February 10, 2016
Researchers say algae found in freshwater lakes and reservoirs may be linked to illnesses including Alzheimer’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease (MND). They published their findings last month in the scholarly journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The researchers focused on BMAA, a toxin produced by cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are also known as blue-green algae. The researchers found that “chronic exposure to the environmental toxin BMAA can trigger neurodegeneration in vulnerable individuals,” the study said. For full story, click here.

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