Health Alert: Copper linked to Alzheimer's disease

Health Alert

(CBS) - A new study says copper, commonly found in plumbing, in wiring in homes, and also in certain foods including red meats, shellfish, and nuts can cause Alzheimer's disease.

Researchers at the University Of Rochester found that the mineral, which is healthy for nerves, and bone growth, can cause toxic proteins to pile up in the brain triggering or accelerating Alzheimer's.

But scientists say the problem is due to too much copper consumption over a long period of time.

(CBS) - Pilots who fly at high altitudes may be at risk of brain lesions.

That's according to a new study that looked at MRI brain scans of more than 100 U.S. Air Force pilots. The study, in the journal Neurology, found the pilots had three times the number of brain lesions as people who don't fly.

The lesions, caused by what's known as decompression sickness can cause memory loss, and confusion. 

(CBS) - High school girls are more likely to use tanning booths, and sunlamps than women in their 20s and 30s.

CDC researchers say that nearly 30 percent of white high school girls used some sort of indoor tanning during a 12 month period, and that more than 16 percent did it about once a month.

Less than 25 percent of white women between 18 and 34 years old did indoor tanning over the same period. 


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