Exposure to Pesticides: Increased Risk of Parkinson's?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A study of 104 articles about the effects of pesticides and insecticides has found that exposure to these chemicals is associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
Researchers from the University Hospital San Matteo Foundation in Pavia, Italy, performed a meta-analysis on studies which looked at the effects of weed, fungus, rodent or bug killers, or solvents and the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Their analysis showed that exposure to these chemicals increased the risk of developing the disease by 33 percent.
"Due to this association, there was also a link between farming or country living and developing Parkinson's in some of the studies," study author Emanuele Cereda, M.D., Ph.D., was quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: Neurology, 2013