Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Study links pesticides with Parkinson’s

`People with long-term, low-level exposure to pesticides have a 70 percent higher incidence of Parkinson’s disease than people who have not been exposed much to bug sprays, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

Such workers include mostly farmers, ranchers and fishermen, the researchers report in the July issue of Annals of Neurology.

Their study supports previous research that suggests pesticides can be linked with Parkinson’s, which is caused by the destruction of key brain cells, the team at the Harvard School of Public Health said.

“The findings support the hypothesis that exposure to pesticides is a risk factor for Parkinson’s disease,” they wrote.’

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