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Exposure to pesticides 'increases chance of Parkinson's'

15th February 2011

Those who are frequently exposed to pesticides have an increased chance of developing Parkinson's disease, new research has suggested.

Scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center in Sunnyvale have linked pesticides rotenone and paraquat to the condition.

Freya Kamel, researcher, explained that rotenone inhibits the function of the structure called the mitochondria, which is responsible for making energy in the cell.

Additionally, paraquat increases the production of oxygen derivatives that could harm cellular structures.

"People who used these pesticides or others with a similar mechanism of action were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease," she added.

In other news, those who ear berries could have a much lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease, research from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston has suggested.

It was discovered that those who regularly eat berries could have a reduced chance of developing the condition.

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