Navigation Links
Family Study Associates Pesticide Use With Parkinson's Risk
Date:3/28/2008

Study found strongest ties to herbicides and insecticides

FRIDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Parkinson's disease has been linked to exposure to pesticides in a new study comparing people with the neurological disorder and their unaffected relatives.

The study, published online in the open-access journal BMC Neurology, found the strongest ties to the use of herbicides and insecticides, such as organochlorides and organophosphates. Drinking well water or living or working on a farm, two common experiences for pesticide exposures, did not appear to be associated with Parkinson's.

Many Parkinson's disease cases are thought to be due to an interaction between genetic and environmental factors. By studying related individuals who share environmental and genetic backgrounds, researchers said they could identify specific differences in exposures between individuals with and without the disease.

"Previous studies have shown that individuals with Parkinson's disease are over twice as likely to report being exposed to pesticides as unaffected individuals, but few studies have looked at this association in people from the same family or have assessed associations between specific classes of pesticides and Parkinson's disease," study author Dana Hancock said in a prepared statement.

Researchers from both Duke University Medical Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine interviewed 319 Parkinson's patients and more than 200 of their relatives to get details about whether they ever were exposed to pesticides, lived or worked on a farm, or drank water from wells.

Parkinson's disease, which affects about 1 million people in the United States, is characterized by symptoms such as tremors and muscle rigidity. Several gene variations have been tagged as contributing to the disease, but these rare defects account for a small proportion of those affected by disorder.

While several other studies have supported pesticides as a risk factor for Parkinson's, "biological evidence is presently insufficient to conclude that pesticide exposure causes PD," Hancock said.

"Further investigation of these specific pesticides and others may lead to identification of pertinent biological pathways influencing PD development," he said.

More information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has more about pesticide safety.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: BioMed Central, news release, March 27, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. With Alzheimers, It Takes a Family
2. Almost Family Announces Acquisition of Apex Home Health
3. Families Can Make Informed 2008 Presidential Campaign Decisions With FamilyEducation & Infoplease
4. African Americans less likely than whites to get colonoscopy despite family history of colon cancer
5. Life Denied: Nurses, Family of Sick Teen March on Health Insurance Company Tuesday
6. Video: TI unveils industrys first family of complete analog front ends for superior ultrasound systems
7. Family Discussion Plays Role in Breast Cancer Awareness
8. Haymarket Adds Two Cancer Journals to Its Family of Clinical Publications
9. Quitters Honored at Wizards DC Tobacco Free Family Night
10. Family communication impacts attitude about genetic counseling/testing for breast cancer
11. New choices bring wider range of women to family planning
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/28/2017)... ... June 28, 2017 , ... Hayes, Inc., a leading provider ... guest speaker lineup* for its second annual Client Symposium. Joining the symposium this ... Keith Fernandez of Privia Health; and Lisa Tourville of Anthem. , “We ...
(Date:6/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive ... kick-off to the fifth annual CEO Connection Mid-Market Convention. , The Wharton ... campus, followed by the two-day convention, which will target C-suite executives in mid-market ...
(Date:6/28/2017)... ... June 28, 2017 , ... Schneider Insurance ... assistance to clients in southern Montana, is announcing a focused charity effort to ... The outreach programs offered by Zoo Montana provide students with current knowledge on ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2017 , ... ... announced the appointment of Mike Finnegan to the position of Executive Vice President, ... of experience in healthcare technology, telehealth and medical device sales leadership. He has ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... June 27, 2017 , ... ... many of the health care industry’s hospitals and provider groups, has announced that ... for select customers. Parasail Health is a San Francisco health-finance startup that has ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/9/2017)... 2017 AirXpanders, Inc. (ASX: AXP) (AirXpanders or ... manufacture, sale and distribution of the AeroForm® Tissue Expander ... its commercial roll-out in the United States ... one hundred (100) medical institutions and health systems, located ... needle-free alternative for women who choose reconstructive surgery following ...
(Date:6/8/2017)... 2017  StatLab Medical Products ("StatLab" or ... of diagnostic supplies for the anatomic pathology ... Company LP ("Cressey & Company"), a healthcare-focused ... investment in the Company. Cressey & Company ... selling shareholder, Prairie Capital, L.P., with certain ...
(Date:6/5/2017)... The Cincinnati location of ... (NYSE: DPLO), has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2017 ... Results are based on an employee survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, ... improvement. The survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: