Toxic chemicals in ocean algae could be causing Alzheimer’s-like disease in DOLPHINS, study warns

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A new study warns that toxic chemicals stemming from blue green algae has been found in dead dolphins and could be linked to a degenerative brain condition likened to Alzheimer's.

In the paper, researchers say detectable amounts of the toxin BMAA -- found in harmful algal blooms -- was observed for the first time in the brains and bodies of 13 of the 14 dolphins studied.

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Along with that observation, the paper says symptoms and conditions similar to the effects of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease were also detected.

While the new paper, published to the journal Plos One, suggests that the link between the toxin and the adverse cognitive effects warrants further study, scientists have taken the evidence as an opportunity to warn of the potential fallout from increasingly common algal blooms on humans.

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'Not to be too political, but it goes to show the health of marine animals and water quality,' David Davis, lead author and a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine neuropathologist told the Miami Hearld in a report.

'Everything’s directly related.'

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