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Living and working near pesticide use 'could lead to Parkinson's'

Living and working near pesticide use 'could lead to Parkinson's'
27th May 2011

People who live and work in the vicinity of pesticides could be at an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, according to a new study.

Research revealed that people who live near fields where the fungicide maneb and herbicide paraquat are used have a 75 per cent increased risk of Parkinson's disease.

A follow up study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology has now found that a third pesticide ziram, combined with exposure to paraquat, increased the Parkinson's risk by 80 per cent for people who worked near the fields.

Senior author Dr Beate Ritz, of the University of California Los Angeles, said: "Our estimates of risk for ambient exposure in the workplaces were actually greater than for exposure at residences."

Meanwhile, bacteria in the stomach could play a key role in Parkinson's disease, according to research presented at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

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