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Pesticides & Parkinson's Disease

by Erik Steel
  • Overview

    Exposure to several chemicals--including pesticides--has been linked to the development of Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism (conditions similar to Parkinson's disease).
  • Identification

    Continued exposure to both insecticides and herbicides have been found to lead to an increased chance of developing Parkison's disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.
  • Significance

    People with Parkinson's disease report exposure to pesticides more than twice as often as people who do not have Parkinson's disease, according to Reuters Health.
  • Features

    Work-related pesticide use has been shown to have an impact on the risk of developing Parkinson's, and future studies may determine the risk of exposure through activities like home gardening, according to a study by Dr. Caroline M. Tanner of the Parkinson's Institute (cited by U.S. News and World Report).
  • Types

    A study led by Dr. Dana Hancock of Duke University (reported on by Reuters Health) reported that pesticides that increase the risk of Parkinson's disease include organochlorines, organophosphorus compounds, chlorophenoxy acids and esters, as well as botanicals.
  • Considerations

    Pesticides in well water have also been linked to the development of Parkinson's disease, according to a study led by UCLA epidemiologist Beate Ritz (cited by Scientific American).

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