Weed killers linked to Parkinson’s disease

From Italy – According to research published in Neurology, exposure to pesticides and weed killers may raise risk of Parkinson’s disease. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 104 studies examining the effect of exposure to weed, fungus, rodent/bug killers, and solvents on the development Parkinson’s disease. These studies examined aspects such as country living, occupation, and well water drinking. Results showed that exposure to bug or weed killers and solvents raised risk of Parkinson’s disease by as much as 80%. As well, researchers found that exposure to paraquat (a weed killer) or the fungicides maneb and mancozeb raised risk twofold.

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