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Bug-Killing Chemicals Linked to Parkinson’s in Men

Bug-Killing Chemicals Linked to Parkinson’s in Men – CME Teaching Brief – MedPage Today
Men exposed to pesticides are more than twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as are men who have managed to avoid contact with the toxic chemicals, according to Mayo Clinic researchers.

The risk for Parkinson’s from pesticide exposure was equally high among farmers and non-farmers reported Walter A. Rocca, M.D., M.P.H., and Mayo Clinc colleagues in early online version of Movement Disorders. There was no elevated risk associated with exposure to any of six other categories of household or industrial chemicals.

There was no association between pesticide exposure and Parkinson’s disease in women, but women in general had significantly less opportunity for exposure at to pesticides than men, the investigators noted.